Wednesday, June 12, 2019

START Fall Internship Application Priority Deadline this Sunday (06/16)

Friendly reminder that the priority application deadline for the Fall Internship Program at The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), based here at the University of Maryland, is coming up - this Sunday, June 16th! The final application deadline is on Sunday, June 30th

Below is a list of opportunities available for the fall semester. Please visit our website for detailed project descriptions and more information, and to access the fall application forms

  • Communications or Multimedia Internships
  • GIS: Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) 
  • Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Internships 
  • International Crisis Behavior Project (ICB)
  • Optimizing language training through learner profiles 
  • Selection for Cyber Aptitude 
  • State Department/START Internship 
  • Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Advanced Research Internship
  • Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Next Generation WMD Threat Detection System 
  • Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Transnational Illicit Trafficking
  • Understanding Domestic Radicalization 
  • 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).
  • 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:
  • One page resume,
  • Cover letter,
  • Writing sample,
  • Unofficial transcripts from most recent institution.

Why choose an internship at START?

General requirements
Applicants for all internships must:

Each project may have additional requirements, including minimum credit hours, preferred majors and compulsory meeting times. 

How to apply:
FALL 2019:
Priority application deadline: Sunday, June 16, 2019; 11:59pm
Final application deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2019; 11:59pm

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

Paid Fall Internships with the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Position description

NTI is pleased to offer paid internships in our Washington, D.C. office. The number of positions and areas of responsibility vary by semester, but each offers exciting opportunities to work on projects that make lasting contributions to reducing threats of weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD), with an emphasis on nuclear, radiological, and biological risks, as well as related risks associated with advances in technology. 

NTI internships are especially well suited to undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in the intersection of global affairs, public policy, science, engineering, and national security. While an intern’s primary focus will be on NTI activities and projects, we encourage our interns to attend relevant congressional hearings, briefings at think tanks, or other career enhancing opportunities, and to develop their professional network throughout his/her internship. NTI will offer each intern an opportunity to build a relationship with a mentor in addition to a day-to-day manager to help ensure that the intern receives regular guidance and feedback. NTI also hosts regular, internal “brown bag” sessions and seminars open to the public; interns are encouraged to participate. 

NTI interns play critical roles on our teams, working to advance our mission objectives while learning more about the WMDD community in the process. Responsibilities can include research and analytic support, event logistics support, and administrative tasks necessary for accomplishing team objectives.

NTI welcomes applications from those interested in and with expertise relevant to our core programs:

NTI | bio: NTI’s Biosecurity program seeks to reduce biological risks associated with advances in technology, create new approaches to improve infectious disease surveillance, and identify and fill gaps to measurably strengthen global health security capabilities with a strong focus on biosecurity.

Development (DEV): The Development Team works to identify and cultivate funding prospects, and to solicit contributions for NTI’s important work from individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments.  In addition to learning about NTI’s programmatic work, interns will gain practical experience in conducting research; writing proposals, briefings, letters and grant reports; and development strategy implementation.

Global Nuclear Policy Program (GNPP): The Global Nuclear Policy Program works with leaders and partners around the world to develop policies, leadership, and the global capacity—human and institutional—to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, prevent their spread and use, and ultimately end them as a threat to the world. GNPP also leads NTI’s congressional outreach.

International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Strategies (FC): FC seeks to develop pragmatic international fuel cycle approaches that reinforce key nonproliferation principles while enabling peaceful uses of nuclear energy, including through verification and monitoring for both civilian nuclear activities and for arms control/disarmament initiatives.

Materials Risk Management (MRM): MRM’s mission is to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism. The MRM program works with governments, industry, international organizations, and experts to minimize these risks by securing, minimizing, and, where possible, eliminating dangerous nuclear and radiological materials, and promoting sustainable materials management practices. The MRM program also seeks to strengthen the global institutional capacity for managing these materials and promotes cooperation to reduce nuclear and radiological threats.

Science and Technical Affairs (STA): STA seeks to capture the opportunities new and emerging technologies afford while working to reduce the impact of their malevolent use. STA works to address the growing and potentially catastrophic cyber threat to nuclear systems and facilities around the world and monitors the risks and potential benefits of big data and artificial intelligence, among other emerging technologies.


NTI seeks candidates able to commit to an internship duration of at least eight weeks and can dedicate at least 16 hours per week in our Washington, D.C. office during the academic year and at least 30 hours during the summer term. NTI looks for exceptional interpersonal skills and strong organizational, writing, and communication skills in its interns. Selectees will be expected to join our team on a pre-scheduled orientation day. If you have special scheduling circumstances you would like us to consider (e.g., ROTC tour), please simply let us know within your application.

NTI is currently inviting applicants from those who have/will have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies at the time of the internship’s commencement. Applications will be accepted by July 1, 2019 for full consideration for our fall program to begin in September 2019.

Please note that we are unable to respond to individual inquiries by phone or email about the status of your application. We do, however, aim to be in touch with each applicant during our review process or soon thereafter.
Apply on the NTI website.

START Book Talk on How to Defeat Extremism with Farah Pandith (July 9)

Foreign policy strategist and former diplomat Farah Pandith will give a book talk and fireside chat here at START on Tuesday July 9 at 11:30 a.m. In her groundbreaking new book “How We WinHow Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat,” she argues that the solutions to the crisis of recruitment and radicalization are available and affordable. RSVP now: 

A pioneer in the war of ideas, Pandith will tap into her unprecedented experiences for President Bush and President Obama to reveal information about Washington’s soft power challenge. Pandith describes extremism as a rapidly spreading virus infecting individuals and entire communities, shattering lives, destroying families and disrupting the global economy. In her book, she explains howgovernment, the private sector and civil society can help Muslim youth solve their identity crisis and in turn build a safer, more stable world.

You may recognize her name: A world-leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, Pandith is a frequent media commentator and public speaker. She served as a political appointee under presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She was the first-ever special representative to Muslim Communities, serving both Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Under President George W. Bush, Pandith was the director for Middle East Regional Initiatives at the National Security Council, and chief of staff of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Asia and the Near East. She has also served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, chairing its task force on countering violent extremism. She is a senior fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a frequent international media commentator appearing on Sunday morning talk shows, CNN, CBS, NPR, BBC, ABC, Bloomberg and Fox News and a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Hope you can make it out to START (now in the Discovery District across the bridge from Whole Foods) for this exciting talk.

AmeriCorp Opportunity for Behavioral Science Students

CaringMatters is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member for its 2019-2020 service year.  The CaringMatters member will work under the supervision of the Director of Children's Bereavement Services to coordinate and facilitate groups and educational programs for children who are grieving the death of a loved one. The CaringMatters member will also assist with pre-camp outreach and registration for our Camp Erin, a grief camp for 6-17 year olds.  This AmeriCorps member position is through Project Change and the service year runs from August 15, 2019 until August 14, 2020.  AmeriCorps offers its members intensive training, a living stipend, an educational scholarship, health benefits, and a life-enriching experience. Position requires frequent travel to sites throughout Montgomery County, so access to reliable transportation is important.

·       Experience working with children, youth and families;
·       Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
·       Strong writing skills;
·       Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences, Education, or related field;
·       Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred;
·    Knowledge of Montgomery County, its schools and community resources is highly desired. 

To apply to for this position please email your resume and cover letter (detailing your interest in this position and AmeriCorps) to Deanie Preston at

Monday, June 10, 2019

*NEW* Class for Fall 2019 - PSYC309U Introduction to Neuroscience

Neuroscience is the study of how the 180 billion neurons and glial cells of the nervous system provide perception of the world around us, plan and control movement, and create the complex behaviors, memories, emotions, and thoughts that define us as individuals. To start, you will learn about the nervous system's structure and about the electrical and chemical signals that accomplish all those amazing feats. You will meet the homunculus when you study the basic concepts of sensory perception and movement control. You will see why sleep is so critical to effective brain functioning, especially to emotional control, memory, and creativity. You will study the changes in brain structure occurring not only during development, but throughout the lifespan. All through the course, we will use disorders of the nervous system to emphasize important concepts. PSYC 309U is a gateway course to a diversity of specialized neuroscience courses and to the Neuroscience major.

Questions?  Contact David Yager at

Friday, June 7, 2019

Do You Want to Earn Elective or GenEd Credit for Your Summer Internship?

BSOS internship courses are offered in the summer and are open to all majors. You may qualify if: 

  • You have completed at least 30 credits at the end of the semester
  • Your internship is onsite and not in a home office
  • You will be spending at least 45 hours at your internship
  • You will be conducting primarily para- or pre-professional work
  • You will be receiving regular and frequent supervision from an experienced professional 
Paid internships and internships in other states may qualify.

Tuition and fees apply for all summer courses, so this doesn't make sense for most students.  If you think it will work for you, review the schedule for summer tuition and fees.

Two courses, BSOS 288I (1-3 credits) and BSOS 386 (3-6 credits) offer elective credit.
BSOS 355 (3 credits only) fulls the GenEd Scholarship in Practice Outside Your Major requirement. (It is the most rigorous BSOS internship course and requires both that the internship be related to the behavioral and social sciences and that the internship host allow you to show some of your work.) 

To learn more, visit or email Kathryn Hopps at

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Early Summer NSF Grad Fellowship Info Session


The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) 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 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: Students may apply TWICE for the NSF GRFP - once before starting graduate studies, and once during the first two years of graduate study. To enhance your chance of success is it essential to apply at each opportunity.

We are offering two EARLY NSF GRFP information sessions for students planning to apply this Fall 2019 or in subsequent years. Current undergraduates at all levels and recent alumni are welcome to attend, as are those who will be first or second year graduate students in Fall 2019.

When: Tuesday, June 18, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: 1130 Plant Sciences Building


Eligibility: You must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for the NSF graduate research fellowship. You must be applying for graduate studies in an NSF supported field.

Deadlines to apply will be in late October 2019 for NSF GRFP awards . Planning early give you your best chance of success!

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

Early Summer Fulbright Info Session

ATTENTION undergrads, grad students, and recent bachelor’s/master’s graduatesAre you interested in pursuing prestigious international study/research or English teaching opportunities. Learn about the Fulbright Fellowship Program, the nation’s largest and most prestigious global fellowship program!

Fulbright awards provide recent bachelor’s and master’s graduates, and current master’s and PhD students with opportunities for international experience, personal enrichment and an open exchange of ideas with citizens of other nations. About 2000 Fulbright fully-funded grants are currently available to over 150 nations. 

The National Scholarships Office at the University of Maryland is hosting an information session on Fulbright study/research and teaching opportunities – please RSVP to If you are interested and unable to attend, please write to the same address.

When: Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: 1130 Plant Sciences Building

Who Can Apply: US Citizens – Current Juniors and Seniors, Recent Grads, Graduate Students – All Majors – GPA of 3.0 or higher recommended

Award Amounts: In general, Fulbright grants for study and teaching cover the following costs: round-trip transportation to the host country; maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; medical Insurance; and orientation programs, in some cases. Fulbright study grants may also provide: book and research allowances; full or partial tuition, in most cases.

Duration: Approximately one academic year; length and timing of awards varies by individual country and/or region.

UMD Campus Deadline: September 1, 2019 – contact us at for details.

For detailed information, please visit the Fulbright US Student Program website at:

Monday, June 3, 2019

We are OPEN!

Attention, students!  

The BSOS Advising Office is OPEN from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday all summer long.  We are ready and willing to meet with you to discuss your advising needs.  

We encourage you to schedule an appointment online or by phone, as we are unable to accommodate walk-in hours until the semester begins.  We hope you're enjoying your summer break!

Fall South and Central Asia Research Internship with the Hudson Institute

Position description

Hudson Institute seeks interns to support Hudson’s South and Central Asia experts. The team works on issues ranging from economic development to security. In this role, the intern will be responsible for substantive research work such as archival studies, writing articles, and drafting research memos for reports. Being an intern for the South and Central Asia team is a fantastic way to develop research skills and build a knowledge of one of the world’s fastest growing regions.
In addition to being exposed to critical issues in these fields, interns will spend significant time discussing these issues with their scholar. Onsite interns also attend weekly career and policy discussions featuring experts from Hudson Institute and across Washington, DC.
Responsibilities include:
  • Gathering and analyzing data for inclusion in reports and articles;
  • Keeping the scholar up to date on current events;
  • Assisting the scholar with research projects and presentations;
  • Assisting with articles, op-eds, reports, and briefing papers;
  • Assisting with administrative tasks and event support.


Recent graduates or current students working towards a degree in political science, philosophy, European studies, international relations, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be able to work independently, manage their time wisely, and meet deadlines. They should be detail-focused, reliable, professional, and possess strong research, writing, editing, and analysis skills, as well as excellent communication, and interpersonal skills. Candidates should be proficient in all Microsoft Office applications.
Apply by July 1 on the Hudson Institute website.