Friday, September 20, 2013

Spring Internship Opportunities at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

START is excited to announce their Spring 2014 internship opportunities. They are looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors  (including but not limited to: Criminology, Communications, Government, International Relations, Public Policy, History, GIS, Geography, Economics, English and Mathematics). In addition to the experience gained during an internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and be able to participate in a calendar of professional development activities. Internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours at START at the University of Maryland College Park. 

Below is a short summary of the opportunities available. Please visit our website for more information and to access the application form. .

 Global Terrorism Database (GTD)

The GTD is an open source, unclassified database including information on terrorist attacks around the world since 1970 (currently updated through 2011). The database is maintained by researchers at START. The GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes over 104,000 cases. The GTD intern team is organized into the following themes: 

·         GTD: Incident Location and Geographic Identification
·         GTD: Perpetrator Identification
·         GTD: Target Classification
·         GTD: Understanding the Patterns and Use of Weapons and Tactics
·         GTD: The Consequences of Terrorism – Casualties and Outcome
·          GTD: Coding Intern At Large (Generalist) 

Special Projects

The Special Projects Division consists of a number of intensive, shorter-term research projects concentrated on three research topics within the larger study of terrorism and politically violent non-state actors:

-          Unconventional Weapons and Technology
-          Extremist Origins and Trajectories
-          Threat Management and Influence

Intern positions are available in the following focus areas:

·   Pinch Hitter & Advanced Research
·   Individual Radicalization
·   Nuclear Security and Smuggling
·   Unconventional Weapons and Technology
·   Open Source Intelligence on Organized Crime
·   Risk Assessment and Threat Analysis
·   Failure Points of Smuggling Networks
·   GIS Analytical 

Naval Research Laboratory Adversarial Modeling and Exploitation Office

Two internships are available with AMX onsite at their offices in Washington DC. The AMX has a number of ongoing research projects related to counter-terrorism, behavior detection, law enforcement, crime analysis, and geospatial analysis. The use of information by law enforcement, often called data driven policing, is an ever evolving and expanding field.

•    Behavioral Indicators of Gun and Drug Carrying
•    System Engineering Analysis & Support
•    Statistical Analysis & Modeling Support 
·        Communications and Research Transition Support

START communications and transition team are seeking interns to assist with communications, writing, copy editing and graphic design activities at the center.

Positions available:

·         Communications Interns
·         Copy Editors
·         Graphic Designer


START is continuing to develop the Terrorism Data Archive Dataverse. Interns for this project will learn about terrorism-related data through archiving datasets and reading over documentation. Interns will serve as Assistant Editors and would be responsible for preparing data for archiving onto the START Dataverse. Depending upon the dataset, there will also be opportunities to create Codebooks and add labels and values to the data. Interns will receive training in the archiving process. 

Government Actions in Terror Environments (GATE)

Recent research suggests that governments have a vast set of policy tools at their disposal vis-√†-vis terrorist groups, and that pure reliance on repressive policies can be counterproductive. While policymakers increasingly recognize the importance of non-military counterterrorism tools in addition to military ones, it is not yet known which type of government actions are effective; and when carrots might be more effective than sticks in defeating terrorist groups. This is a unique opportunity to better understand the terrorist conflict in the US and across specific regions of the world and to get a unique view of how governments deal with those conflicts. 

Risk Communications Project

Risk communication is an important element of threat assessment, resource allocation, information delivery, and eventual behavior change. The Risk Communication Training Project at START, involves the development, delivery, and evaluation of a program focused on training local leaders in the United States on effective risk communication practices related to homeland-security threats. Additionally, the intern will be asked to contribute to a mobile devices research project by gathering and analyzing media coverage of FEMA's Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in qualitative data analysis for the mobile devices project. 

START/State Department Terrorist Organizations Project Internship

Students will gather and analyze statistics on terrorist organizations over time. Projects will include collecting the number and type of attacks over time, looking at trends, and possibly even modeling group capacity out into the future. Interns will also provide assistance in researching open source information on the leadership of some groups for possible future designations.

Interns will be co-supervised by researchers at the University of Maryland and by project leads at the State Department. The State Department leads will set and give feedback on tasks. Interns will be based at START’s offices on the University of Maryland campus.

 Why choose an internship at START?

·         Experience working with a large team of dynamic and experienced researchers.
·         Exposure to cutting edge theories and methods.
·         Deepen your understanding of current issues in terrorism and homeland security.
·         Work on projects of immediate interest to the practitioner and policy community.
·         Hone and develop a range of transferable skills attractive to future employers.
·         Opportunity to work with and meet other students and researchers with similar interests.
·         Enrichment activities offering wide opportunities for learning and personal growth, schedule includes simulations, career presentations and research talks.
·         Mentorship from START staff and researcher in a successful professional environment.
·         Internships can be undertaken for academic credit. 

 General requirements

Applicants for all internships must:

·         Have a good academic record.
·         Demonstrate an interest in the subject matter.
·         Be able to complete their internship work hours on site at START.
·         Agree to attend orientation and training.
·         Submit an application by the deadline, all application packets must include:

o   A complete application for the correct semester,
o   One page resume,
o   Cover letter,
o   Writing sample,
o   Unofficial transcripts from most recent institution.

Each project may have additional requirements, including minimum credit hours, preferred majors and compulsory meeting times.  For specific requirements and information visit:

How to apply 

Application deadline Spring 2014:
Priority Date: midnight Tuesday October 1
Final Deadline: midnight Wednesday November 13

Applicants must submit an application form and supporting documentation via email to

 For more information about the projects, requirements and for the application forms visit:

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