A consortium of researchers dedicated to improving the understanding of the human causes and consequences of terrorism


START is a research consortium based at the University of Maryland in College Park, just outside of Washington, D.C.  START has built a team that reflects our multidisciplinary approach, bringing together individuals from a wide range of academic and methodological backgrounds. In addition to conducting research and education, the START headquarters team provides administrative support and outreach opportunities to foster the work of the Consortium and inform the professional national security community.

Jobs at START

This section features career opportunities currently available at START headquarters. Such opportunities may be research focused, education focused, or administration and management focused. START and the University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribe to a policy of equal opportunity employment, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


START offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of research projects. During the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-to-date theories, methods and information related to the study of terrorism. They are versed in critical questions being tackled by national security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and they are mentored in a professional environment geared toward student success. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of national security scholars and practitioners through real-world research experience. START’s internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students (as well as some recent graduates) in any related discipline from any institution. Each internship lasts for one term, but students may apply for multiple terms. Participants work at least 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours/week during the summer. Our internships can be undertaken for academic credit, and this is highly encouraged. Interns participate in an enrichment program and are exposed to career development opportunities. All interns are required to work onsite with their research project staff. Because interns work directly with our researchers and staff on current research projects, the topics examined vary depending on our research portfolio.

Other Opportunities

As part of our mission to serve as a bridge between academia and practitioners, as well as a network for our researchers and students, START highlights other professional opportunities within the national security enterprise. If you or your organization have an opportunity that you would like to promote, please email infostart@umd.edu.