Thursday, July 28, 2016

Intern with the Women's Foreign Policy Group this Fall!

Washington, DC

The Women's Foreign Policy Group believes that it is crucial to ensure that women's voices are heard and that women leaders are fully engaged in finding new approaches and solutions. WFPG is committed to global engagement and the promotion of the leadership, visibility and participation of women in international affairs. The organization advances women's leadership and highlights their contributions through international issues programs and mentoring.

Interns work as part of the WFPG team and are given the opportunity to improve their knowledge of international issues, as well as to learn how a small nonprofit organization operates.  At our programs, interns meet with accomplished international affairs professionals and learn from their career paths. Part-time internships are unpaid or for college credit. Full-time interns who commit to 3.5 months during the school year or 3 months during the summer are eligible for a $1,000 stipend.

WFPG is seeking four interns to assist them in Washington, DC during the upcoming semester:

General Internship:
WFPG is looking for responsible and motivated interns to focus on planning and outreach for programs featuring international affairs officials and experts. In addition to assisting with our Author and Embassy Series programs, interns contribute to benefit luncheons and mentoring fairs. Interns will also research foreign policy topics before events, update the WFPG database, and complete other office tasks as assigned.

Communications Internship:
WFPG is also looking for a specialized intern to focus on our website and communications materials, including our invitations and newsletters.  The communications intern will also assist at events, conduct foreign policy research, and complete other office duties as assigned. A demonstrated interest in and knowledge of basic HTML and photo editing/layout software is helpful, but not required.

Competitive candidates for both positions should have a demonstrated interest in foreign affairs and excellent computer skills. Interns must possess outstanding office and phone manners, and excellent writing skills, in addition to being well-organized, punctual, dependable, flexible, attentive to detail, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. 

Applicants must be available to work a minimum of two full days per week.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter (including your availability), resume, two-page writing sample (short paper or excerpt), contact information for three references, and an unofficial copy of your transcript to

Applications can also be mailed to:
Women's Foreign Policy Group
Attn: Ms. Kimberly Kahnhauser
1615 M St. NW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036

***Early applications are strongly encouraged***

Deadline: August 15

Thursday, July 21, 2016

START is Hiring a Peer Advisor for the Global Terrorism Minor!

Description: The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring a Peer Advisor to provide support to the Global Terrorism Minor Program at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Peer Advisor will work closely with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator to provide administrative support to the Minor Program. This position will work 10-16 hours per week. The position has a term of fifteen weeks, with the possibility of continuation in the Spring 2017 semester. We are looking to fill the position immediately and no later than August 22, 2016.

About the Global Terrorism Minor Program: The minor is designed to train the next generation of terrorism analysts, including students who plan to pursue graduate study related to terrorism as well as employment in the federal, state, local, non-profit, and/or private sectors. The program is part of the University of Maryland’s Global Studies program, alongside the minors in International Development and Conflict Management, Global Poverty, and International Engineering.

- Answer questions from current and prospective students regarding application to the minor requirements, registration procedures and deadlines, course selection, career development resources, and internship opportunities
- Assist in the organization of recruitment sessions; may also participate in recruitment sessions
- Update and maintain START Education Blog
- Help inform discussions on academic policies
- Assist with the maintenance of academic records and files
- Assist with the administration of education projects as assigned.

- Registration as Global Terrorism Minor student
- Experience working with students
- Good interpersonal skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

- Ability to handle confidential information and records
- Intermediate computer literacy, specifically Microsoft Office Suite
- Preference given to applicants who are available between the hours of 9am-4pm

Salary: This position will work a 10-16 hours per week, with the possibility of working additional hours depending on candidate availability and workload. Salary is between $10-12 per hour, commensurate with experience.

The person selected for this position will work on site at START headquarters in College Park, Maryland and will report directly to START’s Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Marcella Morris.

Application Information: Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, one page writing sample, unofficial transcript, Fall 2016 undergraduate fall course schedule, and a list of three professional references in one complete document to Marcella Morris at with “Peer Advisor Position” as the subject line. For best consideration, apply by August 1, 2016.

Friday, July 15, 2016

START Education is Hiring an Hourly Assistant!

START's Education Team is looking for an hourly assistant to support the Experiential Education Program at START HQ. The assistant will work closely with the education team manager and coordinator to provide administrative support for START’s Experiential Education Program. This position will work a minimum of 20 hours per week, with the possibility of working additional hours depending on candidate availability and workload. The position has a term of six weeks. We are looking to fill the position immediately and no later than August 1, 2016.

For more information on duties and qualifications, check out the job description listed here.

If you are interested, qualified, and available, submit a cover letter, resume, one page writing sample, and a list of three professional references in one complete document to Apitchaya Pimpawathin at with “Education Assistant Position” as the subject line. For best consideration, apply by July 22, 2016.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

START Fall Application Deadline Approaches!

START is looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors  (including but not limited to: Criminology, Communications, Government, International Relations, Public Policy, History, GIS, Geography, Economics, English, Mathematics, Psychology, Languages and Statistics). Students from any institution may apply and we will consider current and recently graduated undergraduates, graduate students, and PhD candidates. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and the opportunity to participate in many professional development activities. START is very willing to work with academic institutions to enable students to undertake our internships for credit. Our internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours on location at START Headquarters at the University of Maryland College Park.

Please visit our website for more information and to access the application form:

The fall internship program will begin with an orientation on August 25 and 26, 2016 and end on December 12, 2016. Below is a sampling of available opportunities.

Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
The GTD is an open source, unclassified database including information on terrorist attacks around the world since 1970. The database is maintained by START researchers. The GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents and now includes over 125,000 cases. The GTD intern team is organized into the following themes:
·            GTD: Incident Location and Geographic Identification (GEOINT)
·            GTD: Perpetrator Identification
·            GTD: Target Classification
·            GTD: Understanding the Patterns and Use of Weapons and Tactics
·            GTD: The Consequences of Terrorism – Casualties and Outcome

Unconventional Weapons and Technology
The Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division consists of a number of intensive, shorter-term research projects concentrated on research topics within the larger study of terrorism and politically violent non-state actors. Intern positions are available in the following focus areas:
·        Advanced Research Internship (ARI)
·        Aviation Insider Threat Research
·        Behavioral Indicators of Insider Threats
·        Project Leviathan
·        Project Prometheus
·        Terrorist Ideology Project

Risk Communication and Community Resilience
Government, non-profits, and other organizations rely on public communication to deliver important messages to various audiences. Professional communicators today use social scientific research to improve this process, and START’s research teams have several current and upcoming communication projects that address current research questions. Risk communication is important for delivering messages about impending storms, terrorist attacks, public health crises, and more. Interns working on this team will support several ongoing research projects as well as new projects.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Interns will contribute to the construction of a global, multimodal transportation network.  Tasks will include analysis and aggregation of large-scale datasets, database triangulation, manual vector editing, extensive open-source research into traditional and illicit transportation methods, digital cartography/mapmaking, and translation of START’s qualitative research into geospatial format.  Interest/experience in global security and/or terrorism is beneficial.

START’s Communications team is seeking interns to assist with START’s communication activities and products. Intern responsibilities vary but may include: Writing and editing press releases and featured stories, planning and attending events, creating media kits, developing and tracking media lists and monitoring social media.

Understanding Domestic Radicalization
This internship is part of the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) project, a three-year project which seeks to establish an empirical basis to investigate the underlying mechanisms and processes for individual radicalization in the United States. Previous intern teams researched information on radicalized individuals and entered it into a dataset; wrote case studies on radicalized individuals; performed quality-control checks on the dataset; performed structured qualitative analysis; and assisted project staff in conducting analysis on the quantitative data.

Developing Technology in Explosive Detection Dogs
Interns for this project will assist in developing deployment strategies with explosive detection dogs while utilizing new technology in the field.  Interns will be working closely with four K9 dogs and their handlers while training and being deployed for Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device Detection.  Interns must have a flexible schedule and ability to be around dogs.  Interns will be required to pass a brief background check.

START/State Department Terrorist Organizations Project
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. Interns will also provide assistance in researching open source information on the leadership of some groups for possible future designations. Interns will be co-supervised by researchers at the University of Maryland and by project leads at the State Department. The State Department leads will set and give feedback on tasks. Interns will be based at START’s offices on the University of Maryland campus.

Why choose an internship at START?
         Experience working with a large team of dynamic and experienced researchers.
         Exposure to cutting edge theories and methods.
         Deepen your understanding of current issues in terrorism and homeland security.
         Work on projects of immediate interest to the practitioner and policy community.
         Hone and develop a range of transferable skills attractive to future employers.
         Opportunity to work with and meet other students and researchers with similar interests.
         Enrichment activities offering wide opportunities for learning and professional development.
         Mentorship from START staff and researchers in a successful workplace environment.
         Internships can be undertaken for academic credit (depending on approval from your institution and department).

General requirements
Applicants for all internships must:
         Have a good academic record.
         Demonstrate an interest in the subject matter.
         Be able to complete their internship work hours on site at START.
         Agree to attend orientation and training.
         Submit an application by the deadline, all application packets must include:
o   A complete application form
o   One page resume
o   Cover letter
o   Writing sample
o   Unofficial transcripts from most recent institution
Each project may have additional requirements, including minimum credit hours, citizenship, preferred majors, and compulsory meeting times. 

All questions should be sent to!

Additional NSF Graduate Fellowship Information Sessions Added!

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is the largest and one of the most prestigious awards available to support graduate studies toward Ph.D.’s in science, math, engineering, and social/behavioral science fields. The NSF award provides 3 years of support, with an annual stipend of $34,000. You can learn more about the NSF award at


IMPORTANT: There are significant eligibility changes for fall 2016 – learn about these by attending one of the newly scheduled National Scholarships Office information sessions listed below. It will help you use your summer to begin developing a highly effective NSF graduate fellowship application.

Current undergraduates, current or entering graduate students, recent alumni and summer researchers are welcome to attend.

NSF Info Sessions:
Tuesday, July 12  from 4 pm to 5 pm – Plant Sciences Room 1119
Wednesday, July 13 from 4 pm to 5 pm – Plant Sciences Room 1130 (note different room)

Eligibility: You must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for the NSF graduate research fellowship.

Deadlines to apply will be in late October 2016, for NSF GRFP awards. Planning early give you your best chance of success!

If you are unable to attend either session please email us at: