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Paid Internships with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Applications must be submitted via START's website here. Applications submitted via Handshake will NOT be considered.

Please note that the Fall 2022 internship program will be in person at START headquarters in College Park, MD. Remote internships will not be possible for the Fall 2022 semester.

START offers paid internships year round on a variety of research projects and teams. 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 the critical questions tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and are mentored in a professional environment geared toward student success. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland 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. 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 a program of enrichment and 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 internship positions vary depending on our research portfolio.

Intern projects for the fall semester include:
Please read through the project descriptions for each topic linked above.

General Information for all START Internships
START is headquartered at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will be offering its internship program in-person for the fall 2022 semester.

Schedule Requirements:
Orientation Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022. All interns are required to attend orientation. You may be required to attend an additional day of orientation on Friday, August 26, 2022. Your supervisor will inform you if you are required to attend both days.

Internship Duration: Thursday, August 25, 2022 to Friday, December 2, 2022. All interns must be able to commit to the duration of the whole program.

Work Hours: All interns must work at least 10 hours per week during the fall 2022 program. Work hours are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Interns may not work longer than 8-hour or shorter than 2 hour shifts.

Other Information:
  • All internships include a stipend of $2,250 for the fall and spring semesters, and $3,000 for the summer term.
  • The University of Maryland has several opportunities for students to apply for other internship stipends. Please note that START is not involved in the application or review process for these stipends, with the exception of the Paul Gallo Memorial Scholarship for Non-Traditional Student Interns. Non-UMD students are encouraged to check with their home institutions for other stipend opportunities.
  • The Ammerman Foundation Student Veteran Professional Development Fund:
  • Paul Gallo Memorial Scholarship for Non-Traditional Student Interns:
  • We strongly encourage and recommend that interns seek academic credit for their internship through their home institution or department, if possible.
  • If undertaking the internship for credit, please indicate this on your application form. Be sure to notify your internship supervisor if you need to work more than 10 hours per week for this reason.
  • Applicants interested in applying for an internship for any semester other than or in addition to the fall 2022 semester, must submit a separate application for each semester with the correct application form for that semester.
How to Apply for START Internships:
START is currently accepting applications for the fall 2022 semester. Please make sure you check the dates for the project you’re interested in to make sure they’re available during the semester you intend to apply. The priority application deadline, for best consideration, for the fall 2022 semester is Sunday, May 29, 2022. Interested candidates may submit an application after this date, however we cannot guarantee that applications submitted after the priority deadline will be considered. The fall 2022 application will close on Sunday, June 12th. Applications submitted after June 12th, incomplete applications, or applications not submitted correctly will not be considered. To access the application: click here.

  • Due to the high volume of applications, only top candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 
  • All internships include a stipend of $2,250 for the fall and spring semesters, and $3,000 for the summer term.
  • Applicants must pay close attention to the requirement of the internship they are applying for, including attendance to team meetings and the minimum time commitment. Inability to attend compulsory meetings or work the minimum required hours will result in rescinding of offer.
  • Applicants who identify two additional internship projects of interest may be considered for those projects if they are not selected for the project in which they are applying.
  • Any successful applicant will be asked to respond with a firm acceptance within 24 hours of the offer being made. Failure to respond could result in your place being given to another applicant.
  • Failure to complete this form in full or submit the proper materials according to the directions provided above could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • All interns must attend START Intern Orientation.
  • All interns must be able to participate in the internship program for the duration of the program/semester dates. 
  • Questions about specific internships, their requirements or subject matter should be directed to the supervisor contact listed for each project on the START internship web page.

If you have difficulty submitting your application or have questions about your application status, please contact us at

The University of Maryland is committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive educational, working, and living environment for people of all abilities. The University of Maryland is also committed to the principle that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of the University, or be subjected to discrimination. The University of Maryland provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals. Reasonable accommodations shall be made in a timely manner and on an individualized and flexible basis. If invited for an interview and you would like to request accommodations, please email

Discrimination against individuals on the grounds of disability is prohibited. The University also strictly prohibits retaliation against persons arising in connection with the assertion of rights under this Policy.

Application Materials:
All internship applicants must submit all materials in one .pdf file using the file name format:
LastName, FirstName_InternCandidate.pdf or .doc.
The internship application packet should include the following documents in the following order:
  • One page cover letter
  • One page resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript(s)
  • Two-page writing sample (Communications applicants must submit two writing samples.)

Note for International Students:
START welcomes applications from international students for all of our internships where US citizenship is not a requirement (see the qualifications listed for each project for details).
It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their visa or immigration status permits them to undertake an unpaid internship. It is also the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all proper paperwork, like documented approval from your home institution, is available and processed in time for the start of the internship. Failure to comply with these stipulations, or provide the paperwork required to verify your status, will result in your internship offer being rescinded without further consideration. START is unable to sponsor visas for non-US Citizens due to the short timeline of our program and the lengthy processing time for visas. Unfortunately, this largely limits our ability to accept anything other than F-1 visas on regular, not OPT, status.