START offers unpaid internship experiences on many of its large-scale research projects, including START’s flagship research project, the Global Terrorism Database, with the center’s Unconventional Weapons and Technology program as well as our HQ support teams such as Communications and Education. Throughout the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-to-date theories, methods and information relating to the study of terrorism. They are versed in critical questions being tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and they are mentored in a successful, professional environment.
The internship program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students (as well as some recent graduates) in any related discipline from any institution. Interns work onsite at START headquarters and often receive academic credit for their participation. Each internship lasts for one semester (or summer term). Participants work at least 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours/week during the summer. Interns also participate in a program of enrichment and career development activities and receive mentoring from START researchers and staff.