State Department/START Internship – Fall 2019

START is excited to be able to offer a limited number of highly selective intern positions to students interested in working on projects for the U.S. State Department using START data (such as the GTD) and other open sources. Students will be tasked with developing materials that create a realistic scenario based on extensive research on history, geopolitical situations, and internal religious or ethnic cleavages in a region in support the Bureau of Counterterrorism training efforts. This internship will be co-supervised by START on-site staff at the University of Maryland and by project leads at the U.S. State Department. The U.S. State Department leads will set and give feedback on tasks.

*Please note: This is an internship with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and not with the U.S. Department of State.

Deadline: Sunday, June 16, 2019, 11:59pm

US Citizenship Required: Yes
Other Requirements: Must be currently enrolled as a student (no recent graduates).
Team Meeting Times: Friday 11-12pm *you must be available for this team meeting time to undertake this 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.

Required/minimum qualifications:

  • Interest in terrorism and terrorism research
  • Record of superior academic achievement
  • Strong interest in research
  • Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum of 60 university credits
  • Familiarity with accessing multiple types of information resources (including texts, journal articles, media sources, web sites, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and use of the internet
  • Any regional expertise, language skills, or prior research experience would be a definite asset
  • In addition to being able to commit to work 10 hours per week on site at the START offices for the semester, students must attend at least two meetings in downtown D.C. with the U.S. State Department project supervisors.


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