The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for rising juniors and seniors majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant research areas at federal research facilities located across the country.

The goal of this program is to engage a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM issues and to promote long-term relationships between student researchers, the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, and federal research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.

DHS has partnered with Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the application and review process, notification, and implementation of the program. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate reviews applications and makes the final award selections.


  • Stipend of $500 each week ($5,000 for 10 weeks) payable every two weeks
  • Transportation expenses for one round trip between the student’s current or home address and the assigned federal research facility, with some limitations


Application and Selection Process:

  • Prior to submitting an application, the student reviews the list of possible federal research facility Hosting Sites and Projects to identify hosting sites and projects of interest. The student selects up to three hosting sites and lists the sites in order of preference on the application form. The student may select multiple projects for each hosting site.
  • Students submit their applications to ORISE. The applications are reviewed for completeness and eligibility by ORISE. Applications are evaluated by DHS and representatives of the hosting sites at which the students wish to intern. DHS determines which students are selected to participate in the internship program. Preferences of the students and hosting sites are taken into consideration in assigning students to projects. All assignments are subject to DHS approval.


  • Research is conducted at the assigned hosting site between the months of May and August. It is anticipated that the research undertaken by the students will be unclassified.
  • The research experience requires a full-time commitment for ten consecutive weeks.
  • At the end of the internship, students are required to participate in a poster session or make an oral presentation to the scientific community at the hosting site, as directed by the assigned mentor. Students are also required to complete an evaluation form and to submit to their research mentors an eight to ten page paper summarizing the summer experience. After reviewing the papers, mentors submit the papers to DHS (via ORISE).


  • Students are responsible for moving expenses and all living expenses, including local transportation, room, board and entertainment. Students are also responsible for securing their own living space and determining their means of local transportation prior to arriving at the assigned hosting site. Some hosting sites provide assistance in locating housing and/or provide additional funds for housing. For more information, refer to Hosting Sites. Please review the information posted before contacting the hosting site internship coordinators.
  • ORISE makes travel arrangements for students and reimburses students for travel expenses, with some limitations.

Projects offered at:

National research laboratories: Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia, Savannah River

DHS laboratories: Transportation Security Laboratory

Other research facilities, including Air Force research Laboratory, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Locations include: CA, CO, ID, IL, MD, NM, NJ, OH, SC, TN, WA & VA

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Application deadline: January 5, 2012