UWT: Advanced Research Internship, Spring 2016, USA

Publish Date: Oct 22, 2015

Deadline: Nov 13, 2015

UWT: Advanced Research Internship, Spring 2016

Description of internship responsibilities and duties

Designed for highly motivated, high-performing students, Advanced Research Interns participate in high-level substantive research and analysis for a variety of projects within the broader unconventional weapons and technology portfolio. Past Advanced Research Interns were tasked with project such as designing models of insider threats in the aviation system, conducting imagery analysis of nuclear facilities to determine vulnerabilities, and assessing sophisticated engineering capabilities of terrorist and criminal organizations. This internship provides an opportunity for extremely capable students to engage in research in a manner that is akin to a staff researcher at START and provides greater levels of responsibility and participation in real-world projects than many other internships. More advanced terrorism concepts and analytical skills are explored and developed in a collaborative, team-based environment. Advanced Research Interns may be involved in multiple projects simultaneously and have the opportunity to help transition projects into a variety of mediums and publications, including potential opportunities for co-publications.

Required/minimum qualifications:

Passion and an inherent capacity to learn quickly are more important than existing knowledge / skills, but the following are the minimum requirements:

  • Strong research background through coursework or internship/jobs
  • Flexibility and ability to multitask
  • Self-driven
  • Superior writing skills

Preferred/ideal qualifications:

  • Graduate students or extremely qualified undergraduates are strongly preferred
  • Intermediate to advanced statistics or modeling skillset can be useful
  • Background in studying terrorism, criminal organizations, or unconventional weapons

Tentative weekly meeting: Flexible, but tentative Tuesday AM

US citizenship requirement: No

General Information for all START Internships

  • All interns must work a minimum of 10 hours per week throughout the semester and meet regularly with project supervisors.
  • If undertaking the internship for credit you must indicate this in your application form and be sure to notify your internship supervisor and the Experiential Education Manager if you need to work more than 10 hours a week for this reason.
  • When noted in the project description, interns must be able to attend project meetings on the days stated for their project.
  • All interns must be able to attend both days of START’s Intern Orientation on January 22nd and 23rd 2016.
  • Spring internships begin January 22nd and end May 8th. All interns must be able to commit to the whole semester.
  • All interns must be able to complete work hours at the work location provided in the project description, which in most cases is START Headquarters at 8400 Baltimore Avenue, College Park Maryland, adjacent to the University of Maryland College Park.
  • Work hours are scheduled Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Interns may not work longer than 8 hour shifts.
  • All internships are UNPAID and START is not able to provide travel stipends.
  • We strongly encourage and recommend that interns seek academic credit for their internship through their home institution or department if possible.
  • All interns must apply via the process described below.
  • Applicants interested in applying for an internship for any semester other than or in addition to Spring 2016, 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 Spring 2016.

Complete applications submitted by midnight on the priority date of October 30th will receive best consideration. However we will continue to accept applications for some internships until midnight on November 13th. Late, in-complete applications and those not submitted correctly will not be considered.

Applicants who are NOT US citizens or permanent residents must submit their applications by Ocotber 30th, to help ensure that appropriate paperwork is processed in time for the start of the internship.

Complete application form and upload required materials here.


  • Address your cover letter and emails to Katherine J. Taylor or To Whom It May Concern.
  • START will aim to interview top candidates within one month of the final application deadline.
  • Applicants must pay close attention to the requirements of each internship they are applying for, including attendance to team meetings and minimum time commitment. Inability to attend compulsory meetings or work the minimum required hours will result in rescinding of any offer made.
  • Applicants may be required to attend more than one interview.
  • The applicant’s project preferences as indicated on the application form will be taken into account if more than one of the projects the applicant is applying for accepts the applicant.
  • 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 the application form in full, including the selection of 1-5 internship preferences could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • Failure to submit the proper materials according to the directions provided above could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • Questions about specific internships, their requirements or subject matter should be directed to the supervisor listed for each project.

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 internship. It is also the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all proper paperwork 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.

All international applicants (including J2 and J1 visa candidates) must apply by the priority deadline. In order to help ensure there is enough time to process the appropriate paperwork. If you are an international applicant please ensure you indicate your visa type as requested on the application.

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