The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) Education and Workforce Development Programs educate and train homeland security science and engineering professionals for the future workforce. Through grants that fund postsecondary education, internships and summer research experiences, the program works to:
Develop a pipeline for the education, professional development and placement of future homeland security science and engineering professionals; and
Diversify the set of academic institutions that offer homeland security education and training by expanding and strengthening the role of Minority Serving Institutions.
Summer Internships provide rising juniors and seniors up to 10 weeks of internship support during the summer. Participants conduct research in DHS mission-relevant research areas at federal research facilities and at DHS S&T Centers of Excellence (COE). Approximately 258 summer internships have been granted since awards began in 2008.
Homeland Security Externships provide students with quality homeland security science and engineering learning and research opportunities at homeland security research facilities. Launched in 2013, this program is open to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students studying in homeland security science and engineering disciplines and DHS mission-relevant research areas.
Military Service Academies Program provide faculty and student teams from U.S. Military Academies the opportunity to conduct research at DHS S&T COE-affiliated universities, or to participate in field studies sponsored by DHS. Geared toward rising senior cadets and midshipmen, the intent of the program is to increase DHS and U.S. Department of Defense research collaborations. For more information please email Dr. Terry Pierce (Terry.Pierce@hq.dhs.gov), Director of the DHS Center of Innovation at the United States Air Force Academy.
Career Development Grants provide accredited universities in the United States with funding to support students interested in homeland security related research and careers. The institutions that receive these awards recruit and mentor students committed to starting their careers in homeland security science and engineering. Sixty-three Career Development Grants were awarded between 2007 and 2013.
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