DHS HS-STEM Internship Program – Apply by Dec. 7th!

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas. The ultimate goals of the program are to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers this program through an interagency agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ORISE is managed by ORAU for DOE. ORISE will be responsible for the application and review process, notification and implementation of the program.

DHS HS-STEM Benefits

Stipend of $600 per week for undergraduates and $700 per week for graduate students during the 10-week internship period

Limited travel reimbursement (see Frequently Asked Questions for more information)

  • Direct exposure to and participation in research in the DHS mission-relevant Research Areas
  • Hands-on research experience and identification of career goals and opportunities through hosting site enrichment activities
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and laboratories

DHS HS-STEM Eligibility

Only students meeting the following conditions will be considered:

  • United States (U.S.) citizenship as of the application deadline. (Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted to ORISE at the time the appointment is accepted; see Frequently Asked Questions for more information.)
  • At least 18 years of age by May 1, 2017.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale as of Spring/Summer 2016. GPA is a participation requirement and will be verified at the time the appointment is accepted. (See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about documentation required for GPA verification.)
  • 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 pursuing DVM, MD, or JD degrees are ineligible.
  • Pursuing long-term career goals aligned with the DHS mission and objectives.
  • Meet one of the following conditions:
    • Full-time enrollment as a sophomore or junior undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university during Fall of 2016 and planning to be enrolled as an undergraduate student at a 4-year U.S. accredited college or university for Fall 2017.
    • Full-time enrollment as a senior undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited 4-year college or university during Fall of 2016 and planning to be enrolled as a graduate student at a U.S. accredited college or university for Fall 2017.
    • Full-time enrollment as a graduate student at a U.S. accredited college or university during Fall of 2016 and planning to be enrolled as a graduate student for Fall 2017.

Additional Information:

  • Candidates selected for an internship appointment will be required to provide proof of enrollment during Winter/Spring 2017.
  • Students attending a 2-year institution during Fall of 2016 must provide proof of application to a 4-year institution by March 1, 2017.
  • Seniors planning to graduate by  May 2017 must provide proof of application to an accredited graduate institution by March 1, 2017.
  • Graduate students graduating prior to the expected internship start date are not eligible to participate.
  • Previous participants may apply for a second summer if they meet the conditions listed above. Students are not eligible to participate for more than two summers.
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