Workforce Development

Building America’s Future Homeland Security
Science and Engineering Workforce


The Department of Homeland Security's Office of University Programs builds a diverse, highly capable, technical workforce for the homeland security enterprise.

The DHS Office of University Programs (OUP) Workforce Development Initiatives educate and train the current and future homeland security workforce in science and engineering professions to enhance the capabilities and effectiveness of the homeland security community. Through OUP grants, internships and fellowships, students acquire advanced technical knowledge and training and gain exposure to and experience in complex real-world challenges.

The OUP Workforce Development Initiatives are developing a cadre of professionals dedicated to the DHS mission. The students supported through these programs will become the next generation of homeland security leaders, taking positions with DHS components, national laboratories, and other agencies with homeland security missions.  Collectively, these programs help ensure there will be a steady stream of homeland security science and engineering professionals to meet current and future homeland security challenges.

Summer Programs provide faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students up to ten weeks of internship support during the summer. Participants conduct research in DHS mission-relevant research areas at federal research facilities and at DHS Centers of Excellence (COE).  Over 250 summer internships have been granted since awards began in 2008. Check out the recently released, "Building America's Future Homeland Security Science Engineering Workforce Flipbook," for highlights of recent student accomplishments.

For more information, please contact:  universityprograms@hq.dhs.gov.

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