U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research

If you answer “Yes”, to the above questions, the HS-POWER program is for you!

  • Are you a student looking for a professional opportunity to learn about homeland security related research to enhance your research interests and career goals?
  • Do you want to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts in homeland security related areas?
  • Do you want to network with your peers and members of the academic and scientific communities in business, industry, and government research facilities conducting research in DHS relevant areas?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors the Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER) Program for undergraduate and graduate students. HS-POWER 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.

As a participant in the HS-POWER Program, you will participate in quality research experiences at federal research facilities and other HS-STEM focused entities nationwide. This experience will provide you a competitive edge as you apply your education, talent and skills in a variety of settings within the DHS enterprise. You will also be able to establish connections with DHS professionals that promote long-term relationships between yourself, researchers, DHS personnel and research facilities.

Benefits

  • Stipend: Undergraduate students receive of $600 per week and graduate students will receive $700 per week.
  • Travel: Travel reimbursement for inbound and outbound expenses up to $1,000 for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site.
  • Housing Allowance: A housing allowance of $200/week is provided to participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from their assigned hosting facility and are paying for housing while on site.

Appointment Details

  • Appointments will be for 10 consecutive weeks during the months of June-September. Factors such as class schedules, housing availability and facility schedules may be taken into consideration when determining appointment start and end dates.
  • 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 at the host facility with the HS-POWER participant in residence at the specified location.
  • 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.

Review and Selection Process

Completed applications will undergo an eligibility and compliance check by ORISE. DHS-approved hosting facilities will review applications based on educational background, experience, interests, skills, career goals, and fit for projects. Hosting facilities will submit their recommended candidates to DHS. Final selection for HS-POWER will be made by a federal official from DHS. DHS will notify ORISE of final selections and ORISE will notify selected candidates and hosting facilities.

Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Be at least 18 years of age by May 1, 2020.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale as of Fall 2019.
  • Be majoring in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field 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.
  • Meet one of the following conditions:
    • Full-time enrollment as a sophomore or junior undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university during the 2019-2020 academic year.
    • Full-time enrollment as a senior undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited 4-year college or university during the 2019-2020 academic year and plans to be enrolled as a graduate student at a U.S. accredited college or university for Fall 2020.
    • Full-time enrollment as a graduate student at a U.S. accredited college or university during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Additional Information

  • For students enrolled at a 2-year institution during the 2019-2020 academic year: Internship assignment is contingent on the student providing proof of application to a 4-year institution at the time appointment is accepted.
  • For undergraduate seniors graduating in spring or summer 2020: Internship assignment is contingent on the student providing proof of application to an accredited graduate institution at the time appointment is accepted.
  • Graduate students with an expected graduation date prior to the summer term are not eligible to participate.
  • Students must demonstrate interest in research and development of innovative, next-generation homeland security solutions with potential for broad impact that align with the DHS mission to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.
  • Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated history of work, undergraduate research experience, or service learning/volunteer roles.

For more information, contact us at dhsed@orau.org

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