Friday, November 17, 2017

December MPS Alumni of the Month: Karreem Ali

Name: Karreem Ali
Year of graduation: 2015
Current employment status:
Employer: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Position: GIS Developer
What is a recent project that you have worked on that you have drawn on skills from the MPS program?
I was charged to create a new enterprise geodatabase for an in-house working group. Using the skills that I learned from the spatial database system, and GIS programming classes,  I was able to plan the database, and create an intricate data ingestion system that updates features in the database using Python. I also used the JavaScript, and HTML web programming skills that I learned while in the program to create an administrative health check application to keep up with it all.

How have the skills you have learned in the MPS program helped you progress in your career?
While I was in the program, I worked as an intern for a government agency here in the Metro DC area. From the beginning, I applied the knowledge that I acquired from the program in my internship. The program manager saw the value of my GIS knowledge, and extended my internship from just a semester to a full year. I am proud to say that the scripts and applications I designed for that government agency four years ago are still in use today.

Today, as the only GIS Developer in my line office, I am tasked with a majority of the
large-scale GIS projects. I recently built out an internal enterprise GIS from the ground up; a majority of the skills I have learned in the MPS program were of great benefit to the effort. Some of the skills I have been able to apply from the MPS program include:
  • Scripted automated data ingestion processes using Python
  • Use of spatial analysis tools
  • Construction of GIS databases
  • Creation and design GIS web services
  • Use of agile methodologies in project management

The MPS program has substantially enhanced my career in GIS. What I gained in the program helped me to become a better member of society, a geographic information scientist, and a highly skilled programmer. I am pleased to say that I graduated from this program.

What drew you to the MPS GIS program at Maryland?
I was impressed on how flexible the program was around my schedule. With the responsibility of a full-time internship/job during the workweek, it was important to me that the lectures were held in the evening. Having access to recordings of all the lectures, with the ability to review them whenever I wanted to was essential to my success in the program. The lecturers were cordial, and answered any questions I had; they were always timely, and relatable. Being in a program that recognizes the value of information availability, and access was very important to me.

What advice can you give current and prospective students about the MPS program?
Attend as many GIS meetups and professional development seminars as possible! In doing so, you will meet people of interest, and grow your net worth by increasing your network. Even if the event is not GIS-centric, you will come to find many IT applications have a geospatial component, or could be applied in a geospatial context. For example, I attended a Red Hat Linux developer event where they were making webmaps using some of the same JavaScript APIs as GIS techies do. GIS is everywhere, so be active in sharing its uses by speaking with people and planting seeds of opportunity for yourself. Meet people outside of your genre, venue or line of study.

What recommendations would you make to current students for career and academic success after graduation?
In general, always challenge yourself to learn different tools that you could use in your daily workflow:
If you are not a great programmer, take additional introduction to Python, JavaScript, or other programming language courses online. The UMD allows free access to training, if you are a registered student, so take advantage of this resource while you can! There are also plenty of other courses out there specifically geared toward GIS, you just have to look for them.

If you are more of an advanced user, try to be ahead of the curve with some of the new technologies in IT, and GIS. Right now, in the IT industry, there is a focus on DevOps with tools that help automate, and monitor your software, and hardware infrastructure. The GIS community is starting to use its own flavor of DevOps tools to work with GIS infrastructure. Try to learn as much as possible about these new tools, and others that are on the horizon.

What are some of your hobbies/interests? 
I used to be a mobile DJ during my time as an undergrad, and I still ‘whip out’ the old turntables (...or controllers nowadays) occasionally, to do a ‘gig’, or to play for friends. I am also interested in single board computing with Arduinos, and Raspberry Pi - very useful tools to improve your coding skills. Someday, I plan to build my own DJ controller from one.

Anything else you'd like to add?
Networking is everything. Feel free to reach out on professional social media outlets like LinkedIn, local organizations, and in asking professors for recommendations.

Stay creative!

Senior Marshals Recruitment

The Office of Special Events is currently recruiting for Senior Marshals at the Main Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017!

Qualified candidates must be graduating in December 2017 to be selected. If selected, the marshals will represent their college and the entire graduating class. The graduates chosen for this honor will be recognized at the campus-wide graduation ceremony and will receive a medallion commemorating their achievements. Senior Marshals will also assist with the organization of the student processional and will be seated in the front rows for the ceremony. The names of all marshals will be printed in the program and you will be acknowledged as a group from the podium. 

All Marshals are expected to attend both the Commencement rehearsal on Monday, December 18th and the Main Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017.

In order to be considered for this recognition, you must complete the online application HERE by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 19th, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact

YoungMappers Research Fellowship

The YouthMappers Research Fellowship is a 9-month program designed to enlist, enable, and showcase the contributions of open geo-spatial data for research on resilience of vulnerable populations around the world. The proposed research projects must create and use open data, meet a standard of excellence and address the competitive criteria listed in the full call for applications, available at this webpage:

Applications should be submitted by a team of two: 1) a university student (either undergraduate, masters or doctoral level) and 2) his/her faculty mentor or thesis advisor. Eligibility is restricted to members of YouthMappers chapters created and in good standing by December 1, 2017.  The Fellowship will provide support and costs to attend a Research Methodology Symposia in the United States and also a fellowship award of a total of $8,000 to be used as specified in the fellowship guidelines. Networking and additional mentoring by international experts will be part of the program and to connect proposed research results with relevant international stakeholder organizations.
The deadline to apply is January 15, 2018!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

OSM Mapathon tomorrow!

Our Undergraduate Geography club is hosting a map-off  tomorrow from 4-7pm! There will be pizza and we'll be competing against and networking with students and faculty from George Washington University and George Mason University. 

If you haven't yet heard, PhD Student Matt Cooper led the UMD Geography Bowl team to victory at MAD-AAG, ending a 7 year win streak by George Washington University. Let's keep the friendly competition between us and GW in our favor! ;-) See you there!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

GEOG Winter Course Offerings

GEOINT Online Information Session

EVENT: Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Online Information Session
TIME: 7 PM EST on Monday, Nov 20th

The Center for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS) at the University of Maryland is pleased to present the Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence (MPS GEOINT). You're invited to join us for an online information session for our master's degree in GEOINT. Reserve your place here today to register for this event.

The MPS GEOINT program provides workforce-focused technical training that gives graduates the skills and expertise to lead new initiatives in the rapidly shifting landscape of GEOINT applications, data collection systems, analytic methods, and mission support. The master's program may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, and may be taken fully online or on-site. The MPS GEOINT degree can be completed in as little as 15 months.

At the online information session, we will introduce our master’s program in Geospatial Intelligence, and discuss our unique program format, curriculum, class delivery, and the admissions process. The session will feature a comprehensive presentation, and a question and answer section with us. I hope that you will join us to learn how this master's degree can advance your career in the geospatial industry.

We are now accepting applications for admission in Spring 2018 (Application deadline: Feb 15, 2018) and Fall 2018. Full details regarding the programs are available at or contact us at Students with no prior GIS experience are welcome to apply. We are happy to discuss admission requirements on an individual basis.
Don't forget to reserve your place today for this upcoming online information session.

Job Opening with Field to Market

Monday, November 13, 2017

Computer Science Course for Spring 2018

Interested in computer science but not yet ready to declare a major or minor? Want to learn more about computer science concepts and coding? Consider enrolling in CMSC131 in Spring 2018!

The Department will be reviewing requests from non-majors to take CMSC131 before the last day of classes (December 11). The deadline to request permission for all other CMSC courses as a non-major is January 24, 2018. You can submit a request for CMSC131 now via a Google Form:

If you have additional questions, please email

Apply to be a BSOS Ambassador for Spring 2018

The priority deadline is December 3rd.
For more information about BSOS Ambassadors, click here!
To apply, click here

Happy Geography Awareness Week!!!

The Center for Geospatial Information Science, Geography Club, GIS and Geospatial Services Center, and the Dept of Geographical Sciences are hosting multiple events across campus this week and we'd love to see you there!

WEDNESDAY, November 15 - GIS Day
09:30 AM - 11:30 AM : OSM Mapathon - McKeldin Library 6107 (Breakfast provided)
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM : Lightning Talks - LeFrak 1124 (CGIS) (Pizza provided)
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM : Learn about Project Sidewalk - LeFrak Hall 1138

THURSDAY, November 16
07:00 AM - 02:30 PM : Geography and GIS demos at Parkdale Academy
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM : Geography Seminar Series - LeFrak Hall 1158

FRIDAY, November 17
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM : OSM Mapathon (Compete against GW & GMU) - McKeldin Library 6107

For more information visit

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

BSOS Career Center Weekly Announcement

Upcoming Workshops

Translating Your Scientific Research Experience
Wednesday, November 8 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. | University Career Center, South Hornbake Library, 3rd floor
Join the University Career Center and a special employer presenter as we discuss how to express and share your great scientific research experience on your resume, in an interview, etc.

Cultivating Career Competencies: Writing Personal Statements for Graduate Admission
Wednesday, November 15 | 4:00-5:30 p.m. | University Career Center, South Hornbake Library, 3rd floor
In this workshop, students will learn what information should be included in a personal statement and tips and strategies to enable them to present their best self through their writing.
For More Information & to RSVP

Advanced Job Search Strategies Workshop
Friday, November 17 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | University Career Center, South Hornbake Library, 3rd floor
In this workshop, we will go over essential search strategies for finding a great entry-level job. If you are graduating in December or May and do not have a job for after graduation, come learn how to use your time effectively to maximize your opportunities. 

Peace Corps Application Workshop
Thursday, November 30 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | University Career Center, South Hornbake Library, 3rd floor
Joining the Peace Corps is a competitive process so make your application stand out from the rest! UMD students who are looking for specific application information and tips should attend this workshop.
*RSVP Required 

How to Find an Internship
Tuesday, December 5 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | University Career Center, South Hornbake Library, 3rd floor
It's not too late to find an internship for the spring semester! Come learn resources for researching internships, tips for making a good first impression on resumes and during interviews, and strategies for connecting with UMD alumni in your field of interest.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Teach for America Information Session

Wednesday, November 8 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. |  1203 Van Munching Hall

Learn more about Teach for America, a diverse network of leaders who confront educational inequality through teaching. Food will be provided.

Peace Corps Information Session
Thursday, November 28 | 3:00-4:30 p.m. University Career Center, South Hornbake Library, 3rd floor
Join us to learn about Volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. 
For More Information & to RSVP
*RSVP required

Upcoming Panels 

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Storytelling Panel

Wednesday, November 15 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Global Crossroads Atrium, HJ Patterson Hall

You'll hear first-hand experiences of what it is like to serve in the Peace Corps, live in a developing country, experience diversity in a new cultural context, and change lives. If you have any interest in Peace Corps, living abroad, or launching an international career, sign up for this event!

Upcoming Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fairs 

Bender Virtual Career Fair - Employment for People with Disabilities
Wednesday, November 15 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.| Online
Students and alumni are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions during this free virtual career fair.

Upcoming Opportunities to Visit Organizations 

EACE Road Trips to the Real World
Register here by December 1!

Participate in Road Trips to the Real World! Road Trips offer college students the opportunity to attend one-day employer site visits for between January 3-12, 2018
  • WHO:  Students who are interested in exploring career opportunities. Open to any current undergraduate or graduate students attending the University of Maryland, College Park. 
  • WHEN:  Registration is open from October 26 - December 1, but sign up early as space is limited. Site visits take place on one day between January 3-12, 2018
  • Costs: The Road Trips cost $10.00 per site and are non-refundable. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the site, and are responsible for any incidental expense they may incur. 

Featured Resource: Vault

Identify employers of interest with Vault!

Do you want to know more about a particular employer, organization or industry?  Vault can help! This online resource provides you with insider information including:
  • Company Rankings and Profiles
  • Job and Industry Listings
  • Industry and Career Guides such as:
    • Nonprofit Jobs
    • Politics, Public Policy, and Activism Jobs
    • Internships
    • Government Jobs
    • Top Consulting Firms
    • Banking and Finance
Log onto Careers4Terps to check it out today.

Appointments and Drop-In Hours at the UCC

Students seeking career and internship help have many options this year! Below you will find information for students regarding drop-in hours and appointments at the University Career Center & The President's Promise.
Drop-In Hours (NEW)
Daily | 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | University Career Center, South Hornbake Library, 3rd floor
Meet with a Peer Career Educator - no appointment necessary! Drop-ins are intended for quick questions and tips on resumes, cover letters, job/internship search strategies, Careers4Terps, and other career-related topics. 

For more in-depth assistance, please make an appointment with a career advisor by logging in to Careers4Terps

Writing Center Internship

GIS Internship for Spring

Spring 2018 URI internships in Baltimore

The Urban Resources Initiative Internship Program is a partnership of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, the Parks & People Foundation, and area universities and institutions.
(Applications considered until positions filled)

Emergency Locator GIS Mapping

The intern will work with the department’s GIS coordinator to create a detailed data set that will assist 311 (non-emergency) and 911 (emergency) dispatch with the location of callers within parks and along park trails. Tasks for the intern involve: digitizing features from aerial photographs; collecting data in the field; confirming existing map data; and identifying nearest access point for emergency personnel. The intern will make use of ArcGIS desktop software as well as ArcGIS online to set up sample webmaps of the data and participate in map design reviews and changes. Experience using ArcGIS and editing features is required. ESRI Collector will be used for field data collection. The intern will be required to work outdoors in a park setting and along wooded trails to collect data and mark locations.

"Chasing Coral" Screening and Discussion with the Director!

Carey School of Law- MS in Law Programs Information

Interested in pursuing graduate-level legal training, but not being interested in being a lawyer? Consider a Master of Science at UMB.

Specializations include Homeland Security & Crisis Management, Cybersecurity, Environmental, Health, and Patent Law. 

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan (DDCSP UM) is an exciting two-year research and internship opportunity for bright, curious undergraduate students interested in conservation, nature, and the environment. The program is aimed at bringing more undergraduates currently underrepresented in the environmental field into the conservation arena.

Scholars also receive a $4,250 stipend, room and board, discretionary allowance, and travel expenses to and from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Please note that the application deadline is January 31, 2018. The program dates are June 2th through July 28th

Interested in apply or want to know more, please visit

If you wanted to contact DDCSP UM via phone or through email, feel free to contact us at (734)936-0900 if you would like to discuss the DDCSP UM program further or e-mail us at

Friday, November 3, 2017

Be Our Guest: Sharing Our Thanksgiving Table

Faculty, alumni and staff in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences are hosting students who can’t go home for the Thanksgiving holiday. International and out-of-state students, or students without family nearby, are welcome at our Thanksgiving tables! In spirit of the holiday, we want to give thanks to all you for choosing to be a part of our family and sharing your four years (or more!) with us.

If you would like to attend, please register by Nov. 3 by clicking here or following this link

If you are interested in hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, please fill out this form or follow the link

If you have any questions, refer to this document or contact Kathryn Hopps at or 301-405-1631.

We hope some of you choose to be our guests!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Celebrate Veterans Day

Celebrate and commemorate the UMD Veteran legacy with personal ​stories offered by Veteran alumni Jan Atwood and Marwin Glenn, a slide show featuring UMD Veterans and ROTC units over time ​selections from MannerMusik, and the Mighty Sound of Maryland, a festive buffet lunch, and more!
Friendly reminder that the deadline for START's Internship Program is fast approaching at 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 5th! Please feel free to share the following information with students and other contacts who you think may be interested in these opportunities.

We are 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, EnglishMathematicsPsychology, Languages and Statistics). Students from any institution may apply and we will consider current and recently graduated undergraduates and graduates as well. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and are able to participate in a calendar of professional development activities. START is also 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 at START at the University of Maryland College Park, unless stated in the internship description.

Below is a short summary of the opportunities available. Please visit our website for more information and to access the application form

Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Internships
The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is the most comprehensive unclassified terrorism database in the world. Currently updated through 2016, the GTD details information on more than 170,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred since 1970. Data from the GTD have been featured by the BBC, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Economist, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, and numerous other media outlets. The data are also used by the United States Department of State in its annual publication, Country Reports on Terrorism. GTD interns gain valuable experience working on a time-sensitive data collection effort that is used by those responsible for shaping United States counterterrorism policy. The GTD intern team is organized into the following themes:
  • GTD: Incident Location and Geographic Identification
  • GTD: Perpetrator Identification
  • GTD: Target Classification
  • GTD: Understanding the Patterns and Use of Weapons and Tactics
  • GTD: The Consequences of Terrorism – Casualties and Outcomes 
  • GTD: Coding Intern At Large (Generalist)
Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence Internship
These internship opportunities will consist of open-source research in furtherance of a large-scale data collection effort to determine possible points of entry (POEs) across a variety of nations. The GIS team is seeking up to 5 interns to assist with the Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) Geospatial data collection and analysis project.

GIS: Cartel Smuggling Open-Source Project
Conduct open source research to identify transnational criminal Cartel Smuggling organizations, in Mexico and Arizona that may be relevant to attempts to smuggle illegal drugs and material. Interns will research specific groups, translate Spanish information to English, and identify new or emerging patterns relevant to project interest. Interns may also be involved in additional data collection on those organizations and networks that are deemed as having the capability to engage in such trafficking.  Interns may also work to identify or verify through open sources transportation networks in the regions of interest. The GIS team is seeking up to 5 interns to assist with the Cartel Smuggling Open-Source project.

Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Advanced Research Internship
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 projects 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.

Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Aviation Insider Threat Research Internship
A principal goal of the homeland security enterprise is the deterrence, detection, and prevention of radiological and nuclear (RN) terrorism against the United States. This effort is pursued in part through the understanding and analysis of various pathways and modalities of attack which adversaries could exploit. With the 2010 attempt by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to infiltrate the international air cargo (IAC) system, focus has turned to the possibility of the IAC becoming susceptible to terrorist plots involving uncontrolled RN materials, as well as the development of “insiders” who could help to facilitate these ends. Through rigorous study of the air cargo industry and the psychosocial factors which could precede a vetted employee’s choice to betray his or her company’s commercial goals, START has developed a novel modeling and diagnostic tool relying on a brand new approach to improving air cargo and air cargo personnel security now deployed in the IAC system. During the spring 2018 period, the project team will prepare for and execute the software tool’s deployment with government and commercial cargo entities.

Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Project Leviathan Internship
This research internship will support a project that analyzes the potential radiological and nuclear (RN) threats to the United States by non-state actors.  Project Leviathan integrates numerous adversary behavioral models and threat assessment tools into one system in order to assess the likely deterrent and deflective effects of various policies and investments on potential RN adversaries.  Under the supervision of the principal investigator and other project leadership and as part of multi-faceted project, interns will be able to partake in a variety of tasks throughout the semester-long internship.  As part of the adversary component of the project, a team of selected interns will conduct open source research to profile domestic and transnational criminal and extremist organizations, related to the potential trafficking of illicit radiological and/or nuclear material in the United States. Interns will research specific groups, write summaries of their activities, and identify new or emerging patterns of behavior relevant to national security.  For this component of the project, interns will also have the opportunity to participate in the threat analysis process by performing social science and geospatial coding.

As part of the threat assessment portion of Leviathan, interns will conduct out open-source research in support of the Future Attacks by Radiological and Nuclear Adversaries (FARNA) model. FARNA is a behavioral model that is designed to forecast adversary decisions on weapon and target selection and their probability of carrying out a successful attack. Interns will be briefed on this tool and will then focus on a particular sub-model within FARNA; tasking will include conducting background research, assisting with model refinement, and drafting reports on the theoretical justification and results. Interns will meet weekly with the Principal Investigator and project team to review findings, strengthen the model and improve writing skills for both academic and government audiences.

Communications Internship
The START Communications team is seeking communications, public relations or journalism students to serve as interns this summer semester. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience writing and publishing, developing social media strategies, and monitoring and reporting various analytics for the organization as a whole. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the news media, learn media list and monitoring programs, and work in graphic design.

Multimedia Internship
The START Communications team is seeking a Multimedia intern this spring. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience filming and editing professional training videos, assisting in designing concepts for multimedia projects and using a studio lighting kit to produce high quality video.  Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the Multimedia team in order to design graphics and photograph company events.

ICONS Project Internship
The International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) is a unit of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park. ICONS creates web-based computer simulations for policy analysis and forecasting to help public and private sector organizations solve complex problems. Our policy division creates bespoke simulations to support think tanks, cabinet-level agencies, and Department of Defense major commands as they tackle complex national security challenges. Our Education Division places high school and college students from around the globe in challenging online simulation and gaming exercises that allow them to role-play resolving contentious geo-political issues.

NSF INSPIRE Computational Modeling of Grievances and Political Instability Through Global Media Internship
Researchers and practitioners seeking to understand, resolve, and mitigate the consequences of conflict or political violence increasingly are drawing on tools from computational social science, or applied data science. START’s NSF-funded project on Computational Modeling of Grievances and Political Instability Through Global Media has ongoing research involving social media analytics for predicting when and where instability will occur, with a focus on election-related events and violence in Sub-Saharan Africa. Social media analytics provide a new source of data and novel techniques for understanding the causes and consequences of violence in areas where access is not feasible.

START/State Department Terrorist Organizations Project Internship
START is excited to be able to offer a limited number of highly selective intern positions to students interested in working on projects for the U.S. State Department using START data (such as the GTD) and other open sources. Students will be tasked with developing materials that create a realistic scenario based on extensive research on history, geopolitical situations, and internal religious or ethnic cleavages in a region in support the Bureau of Counterterrorism training efforts. This internship will be co-supervised by START on-site staff at the University of Maryland and by project leads at the U.S. State Department. The U.S. State Department leads will set and give feedback on tasks.

Understanding Domestic Radicalization Internship
This internship is part of the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) project, the largest known dataset of US-based cases of radicalization of its kind, which explores the trajectories, mechanisms, and consequences of violent and non-violent extremism. PIRUS and its related projects have already generated significant attention among policymakers and scholars, and PIRUS researchers have written several reports and articles derived from the data.

Spring interns will assist PIRUS researchers to expand and improve the quality of the PIRUS dataset by conducting in-depth research on radicalized individuals using publicly available sources and then synthesizing and recording the information for eventual inclusion into the dataset. By working on this project, interns will gain invaluable experience of what it is like to work on a project with significant and real-time impact upon countering violent extremism policies in the United States. Interns will also acquire insight into the processes of radicalization, the contemporary state of extremist ideologies and groups in the United States, as well as transferable skills in conducting open-source research.

Developing Technology in Explosive Detection Dogs Internship
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.

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 personal growth, schedule includes simulations, career presentations and research talks.
  • Mentorship from START staff and researchers in a successful professional 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:
Each project may have additional requirements, including minimum credit hours, preferred majors and compulsory meeting times. 

How to apply
Application deadline Spring 2018: Sunday, November 5, 2017; 11:59pm

Applicants should visit for access to the application system and instructions.

For more information about the projects, requirements and for the application form visit:

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,

Eva CollExperiential Education Specialist 
National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
University of Maryland