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

About National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism—better known as START—is a university-based research and education center comprised of an international network of scholars committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world.

A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence headquartered at the University of Maryland, START supports the research efforts of leading social scientists at more than 50 academic and research institutions, each of whom is conducting original investigations into fundamental questions about terrorism.

START offers unpaid 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.


Research Intern

August 2019 Riverdale Park, MD
“Learning about terrorism in the Philippines.”

Research Intern

June 2018 - September 2018 College Park, MD
“It was organized very well around intern development. There were classes available to take, different trainings we got to do, and a good number of conferences in the DC area that we had the option to attend. In general, I think my supervisor, and the other scientists that I worked with, were great, and very open to talking not just about our project but also more generally about what their career path was like, and about my goals and interests. The work itself was interesting, and I was given a good amount of freedom to self-define what I wanted to do. Also, other people at the Consortium were very available to talk even if I wasn't on their project, which made it easier to get a wider range of experiences. ”
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