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Dept of Homeland Security Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Summer Internship Program

Primary Institution: National labs, DHS labs, other research facilities
Affiliation: Dept of Homeland Security
States: CA, CO, IL, MD, NM, SC, TN, VA, WA
Job Duration: 10 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Sophomore Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen
Minimum GPA: 3.3
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
Elementary Particles and Fields
Fluid Dynamics and Gases
Nuclear Physics
Electrical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering
Interdisciplinary Physics: Biological Physics; Quantum Information; Etc.
Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Biological/life Sciences, Social Sciences, Psychology
Description: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for eligible rising junior and seniors majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant research areas at federal research facilities.

DHS research areas are:
* Advanced Data Analysis and Visualization
* Biological Threats and Countermeasures
* Border Security
* Chemical Threats and Countermeasures
* Communications and Interoperability
* Community, Commerce, and Infrastructure Resilience
* Emergency Preparedness and Response
* Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response
* Food and Agriculture Security
* Human Factors
* Immigration Studies
* Infrastructure Protection
* Maritime and Port Security
* Natural Disasters and Related Geophysical Studies
* Risk, Economics and Decision Sciences
* Social and Behavioral Sciences
* Transportation Security

Projects offered at: (i) National research laboratories: Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, Los
Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia, Savannah River, (ii) DHS laboratories: US Coast Guard Command & Control Engineering Center, Transportation Security Laboratory, (iii) Other research facilities, including Battelle, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Security Technologies

* United States citizenship as of the application deadline
* At least 18 years of age at the start of the internship period
* As of the application deadline, full-time enrollment as an undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university
* By fall 2010, full-time enrollment as a junior or senior at a 4-year U.S. accredited college or university.
* Cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale averaged over all U.S. postsecondary institutions attended through and including fall 2009
* Majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field with interest in homeland security as described in the DHS Research Areas.
* 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 2010
* Coverage under a health insurance plan before arriving at the assigned hosting venue and maintenance of coverage during the internship period
Stipend: $5,000 for a 10-week period ($500/week)
Benefits: Travel Reimbursement
Some research hosting sites facilitate housing or provide additional funds for housing.
Application Deadline: 01/05/2010
Job Website:
Additional Information: To apply, please follow application procedure described on Web site Application forms available on Web site. Please know that resumes or applications submitted by students by email or fax will not be considered. For more information, please email

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Patti Obenour
P.O. Box 117, MS 36
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
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