DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program for Students: (With Stipend and Sponsorship)

DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program for Students: (With Stipend and Sponsorship)

Deadline: January 6, 2014

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites applications from eligible students for the DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program. This is a sponsored 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.

It is open to undergraduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.

The DHS Education Program is managed by ORAU through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)


Only students meeting the following conditions will be considered:

  • United States (U.S.) citizenship as of the application deadline (proof of citizenship is not required until after award selection)
  • At least 18 years of age by May 5, 2014
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale as of Spring/Summer 2013
  • Majoring in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field with interest in homeland security research as described in the DHS Research Areas
  • Pursuing long-term career goals aligned with the DHS mission and objectives
  • By the application deadline: Full-time enrollment as a sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university
  • By Fall 2014: Full-time enrollment as a junior or senior undergraduate student at a 4-year U.S. accredited college or university
  • For students currently enrolled at a 2-year institution: Internship assignment is contingent on the student providing proof of application to a 4-year institution by March 3, 2014.
  • Previous participants may apply for a second summer if they meet the conditions listed above.
  • (see Supporting Documents and FAQ for more information)


  • Stipend of $500 per week for 10 weeks during the internship period and limited travel reimbursement
  • Direct exposure to and participation in research in the DHS mission-relevant Research Areas
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities through internship experiences and hosting site enrichment activities
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and laboratories

No commitment on the part of the participant, DHS or the federal research facility with regard to later employment is implied or should be inferred by the offer or acceptance of this internship opportunity.

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