Thursday, January 6, 2022

Summer 2022 Internship with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER) Program is offering undergraduate and graduate students hands-on experiences with federal facilities and other HS-STEM focused international partners in both Washington, D.C, and Ottawa, Canada. 

The HS-Power Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs is open to students majoring in a broad spectrum of homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as DHS mission-relevant research areas. You will gain a competitive edge as you apply your education, talent and skills in a variety of settings within the DHS enterprise. You will also establish connections with DHS professionals that facilitate long-term relationships between yourself, researchers, DHS personnel and research facilities.

How to Apply:

Application Deadline: 1/31/2022 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time Zone


  • Stipend: Undergraduate students receive of $600 per week and graduate students will receive $700 per week.
  • Travel: Travel reimbursement for inbound and outbound expenses for participants to travel to Washington, DC and Ottawa, Canada                                 
  • Housing Allowance: reimbursement for housing expenses and assistance with housing arrangements will be provided.

Appointment Details

Appointments will be for 10 consecutive weeks. The following schedule is an approximation of the timeframe

  • 1-2 weeks in Washington, D.C, with DHS and ORISE personnel as an orientation to the project.
  • 7 weeks in Ottawa, Canada with DHS personnel assigned to locations in Ottawa.
  • 1 week final debrief and final project presentation in Washington, D.C.

Interns will be assigned to research projects and/or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor. An appointment involves a full-time commitment based on 40 hours per week. HS-POWER participants are required to have health insurance coverage during the appointment period and to provide proof of this coverage prior to the start of the appointment.

Research Areas: 

  • Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security Threats
  • Secure U.S. Borders and Approaches
  • Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
  • Preserve and Uphold the Nation's Prosperity and Economic Security
  • Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
  • Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department

In order to be considered, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:
  • Be a United States (U.S.) citizen as of the application deadline. Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted to ORISE at the time appointment is accepted.
  • Have a US Passport by May 31, 2022. Please note that the process of obtaining a passport can take up to 10 weeks. Interested students are strongly encouraged to begin the passport application process immediately.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale as of Fall 2021.
  • Be majoring in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field (inclusive of the social sciences) with interest in homeland security research as described in the DHS Research Areas.
  • Be interested in pursuing long-term career goals aligned with the DHS mission and objectives.
  • Have the ability to obtain and maintain the required security clearance to access hosting facility.