The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), partnering with the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, offers the Homeland Security-STEM Summer Internship Program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program entails a 10-week internship experience, during which students engage in research projects relevant to the mission of DHS at federal research facilities. See here for a list of hosting sites.
The application deadline is January 15th, 2013. For more information, please visit the HS-STEM Summer Internship Site. The basic information from the site is listed below.
Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $500 per week ($5,000 for 10 weeks). Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week ($7,000 for 10 weeks). Stipends are payable every two weeks.
ORISE will make travel arrangements for students and reimburse transportation expenses for one round trip between the student’s current or home address and the assigned federal research facility, with some limitations.
- Commit to full-time participation for ten consecutive weeks at the assigned hosting site between the months of May and August
- Coverage under a health insurance plan before arriving at the assigned hosting site and maintenance of coverage during the internship period.
- Obtain clearance and facility access as required by the hosting site for the assigned project
- Participate in a poster session or make an oral presentation to the scientific community at the hosting site, as directed by the assigned mentor
- Complete an evaluation form
- Submit an eight to ten page paper summarizing the summer experience
Provide evidence of U.S. citizenship (such as a photocopy of a U.S. passport, birth certificate, Certificate of U.S. Naturalization, or Certificate of U.S. Citizenship) at the time award is accepted.
Eligibility Requirements for All Internships
- United States citizenship as of the application deadline.
- At least 18 years of age by May 6, 2013.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale, as demonstrated in the most current transcript, which must include Fall 2012 grades.
- Majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field with interest in homeland security research as described in the DHS Research Areas. Graduate students should be interested in the specific field of Nuclear and Radiological Threat Detection
- Pursuing long-term career goals aligned with the DHS mission and objectives.
- Available to participate for 10 consecutive weeks full-time during the summer of 2013.
Eligibility Requirements for Undergraduate Internships Only
- By the application deadline, full-time enrollment as a sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.
- By fall 2013, full-time enrollment as a junior or senior undergraduate student at a 4-year U.S. accredited college or university. For students currently enrolled at a 2-year institution: Internship assignment is contingent on the student providing proof of application to a 4-year institution by March 1, 2013.
Previous participants may apply for a second summer if they meet the conditions listed above.
Eligibility Requirements for Graduate Internships Only
- Pursuing a degree in an academic discipline related to Nuclear and Radiological Threat Detection
- By the application deadline, full-time enrollment as a graduate student or undergraduate seniors at a U.S. accredited college or university.
- By fall 2013, full-time enrollment as a graduate student at a U.S. accredited college or university. For undergraduate seniors: Internship assignment is contingent on the student providing proof of application to a graduate program in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field by March 1, 2013.