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Department of Homeland Security (USCIS - EMS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s volunteer intern program places University of Maryland interns into the Emergency Management and Safety (EMS) Branch within the Office of Security and Integrity. The mission of the EMS Branch is to provide the highest quality of emergency management, continuity of operations and government planning services to USCIS by ensuring a resilient and prepared workplace with an ability to continue government and USCIS mission-essential functions.

Continuity requirements ensure that all agency tasks can be performed during all hazards. Emergency Management focuses on the preservation of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters. At USCIS, we prepare for these events by conducting exercises based on the fifteen national disaster scenarios, such as Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake, Airborne Anthrax, Improvised Explosive Devices and Cyber. The exercises we conduct validate the training and planning that is done continuously throughout the year.

As such, USCIS is looking for interns that can work in an environment that touches all disciplines. Whether UMD students have a background in Accounting, Business Law, Criminal Justice, Gov’t and Politics, History, Language or another field, EMS can use their skill set and their background to better prepare the Department of Homeland Security to respond to any crisis. Interns can be expected to make policy, develop memorandums, perform training, participate in exercises, become certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Continuity and gain understanding of how the federal government works.

For more information or to submit an application for consideration, please contact Robert Butler at robert.d.butler@uscis.dhs.go 

START Internships

START offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of research projects and teams. During the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-to-date theories, methods and information related to the study of terrorism. They are versed in the critical questions tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and are mentored in a professional environment geared toward student success. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland security scholars and practitioners through real-world research experience.

START’s internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students (as well as some recent graduates) in any related discipline from any institution. Each internship lasts for one term. Participants work at least 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours/week during the summer. Our internships can be undertaken for academic credit, and this is highly encouraged.  Interns participate in a program of enrichment and career development opportunities. All interns are required to work onsite with their research project staff. Because interns work directly with our researchers and staff on current research projects, the internship positions vary depending on our research portfolio.

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