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Internships, Co-ops, and Career Opportunities in Homeland Security

ORNL Research Student Internship Program

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Internship Program offers 16-20 week research opportunities for students to learn how to manage and operate research projects and facilities. Full-time appointments will be on-site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, while part-time appointments are flexible for virtual or on-site participation, accomodating full time student schedules.

Apply Before June 9, 2024

ORNL Technical and Professional Internships

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Technical and Professional Internship Program encourages students and new graduates to solve the nation's most pressing scientific challenges. Students can participate in a 16-20 week program and 12 month appointments are available for recent graduates. Part-time roles are available virtually and full-time appointments are available on-site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Apply Before June 9, 2024

Intelligence and Cybersecurity Diversity Fellowship Program

The program will recruit high-performing individuals in intelligence or cybersecurity career paths from institutions of higher learning to support DHS’s mission. During the 12-week program, participants will be immersed in a federal work environment by collaborating with subject matter expert mentors on projects and performing assigned tasks on the intelligence and cybersecurity track.

Applications Open Summer 2024

Office of Intelligence and Analysis Internship Program

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) Internship Program is for current degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students looking to begin an exciting career in homeland security and intelligence. I&A offers internships in the functional areas of Intelligence Analysis, Collections, Partnerships, and Management. The I&A Internship Program is designed to provide the experience and skills needed to produce capable and well-rounded Homeland Security intelligence professionals. I&A internships are located in Washington, D.C.

Applications Open July 2024

Pathways Internships

The Pathways Internship Program offers current students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions to work for the Federal government while completing their education. These internships provide a path to careers at CISA and allow qualifying individuals the opportunity to gain meaningful training and career development experience. Once onboarded, interns work either part-time or full-time until their graduation date. Upon graduation, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a permanent position.

Applications Open Spring 2024

Homeland Security Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER)

The HS-POWER program aims to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS personnel, and research facilities to develop a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of STEM professionals. The program provides undergraduate and graduate students paid opportunities to participate in quality homeland security-related research experiences.

Applications Open December 2024

Acquisition Professional Career Program

The Acquisition Professional Career Program (APCP) offers participants an exciting, structured way to begin careers in DHS acquisition offices. APCP is an entry‑level career development program designed to recruit and develop acquisition business talent in distinct, but related, career fields within DHS.

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Presidential Management Fellows Program

Designed for graduate-level students, this program aims to attract to the Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. The program spans the entire Federal government and is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Fellowship Details

Internships, Co-ops, and Career Opportunities with SENTRY Industry Partners

Summer Internships at Raytheon

Whether you are currently pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree, Raytheon can help you harness your potential, advance your skills and make the impossible a reality. Raytheon's internship and co-op programs provide an experiential learning opportunity as you work on complex challenges and projects. Many positions offer the potential opportunity to convert to full-time employment upon graduation.

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Early Career Opportunities at Raytheon

Launch your career with Raytheon. They hire thousands of college graduates each year – and every single new hire can launch their career by jumping in to solve real customer challenges. With multiple businesses, organizations and career pathways, there are endless possibilities.

Leadership Development Program

Challenges and Competitions

Visit Challenge.Gov - the official hub for challenges and prize competitions across the U.S. federal government! Federal agencies seek to engage public solvers in challenges and prize competitions through their challenge finder to identify innovative solutions to critical issues. Explore the comprehensive list of ongoing challenges and utilize toolkits, resources, and interactive learning experiences.

Find Your Next Challenge

Professional Development

How to Find an Internship or Fellowship

For students and recent graduates looking for a unique experience that complements their academic studies, internships and fellowships are a great way to explore a range of career paths, learn about specific opportunities and practice essential professional skills. Find fulfilling research and non-research opportunities at federal research facilities across the United States with ORISE.

Find Your Next Step

What to Expect During Your Internship or Fellowship

Once you've decided on an internship or fellowship opportunity, what can you expect during the experience? ORISE gives students, recent graduates, and postdocs an opportunity to be paired with a staff scientist who will provide a hands-on research experience at a U.S. national laboratory or federal research center.

What to Expect

ORISE Information Session

Graduating this spring or summer and ready for the next step in your career path? Designed for students seeking a summer opportunity in research, policy, or technology, this session is will provide tools and tips on how to successfully search for and apply for an ORISE opportunity in Zintellect.

Webinar on April 25, 2024

Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE)

ASPIRE provides an optimum setting for dialogue among members of the academic, industrial and government communities. The event also provides networking opportunities for students looking for internships, co-op opportunities and full-time jobs. The event is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of engineering, science, and computer & information sciences interested in careers related to homeland security.

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News & Events

Recent Event

DASSH (Designing Actionable Solutions for a Secure Homeland) Student Design Challenge

Northeastern University is the lead of the Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Center of Excellence (COE), known as SENTRY (Soft Target Engineering to Neutralize the Threat Reality). In collaboration with our sibling COE, CAOE (Center For Accelerating Operational Efficiency), SENTRY is inviting graduate and undergraduate students affiliated with SENTRY, CAOE, SENTRY partner institutions, or CAOE academic partners to participate.

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