NSF Research Internship Opportunities at DHS

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) opportunities at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


DHS at a Glance

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face by preventing terrorism and enhancing security; managing our borders; administering immigration laws; securing cyberspace; and ensuring disaster resilience. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response. Our duties are wide-ranging, and our goal is clear – to keep America safe. Within DHS, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) focuses on research and development to cover DHS’s core mission areas and uses a network of industry, national laboratory and other partners seeking solutions for capability gaps and topics for future research.


DHS GRIP Opportunities

DHS is interested in students pursuing degrees in homeland security-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. The goals of the program are to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce. Internships being offered support the following agencies and/or laboratories:

  • Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL)
  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—Laboratories and Scientific Service Directorate (LSSD)
  • Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E)
  • National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL)


DHS Project Proposals (underlined terms should link to PDF of DHS project proposals):

NSF GRIP Application Submission Timelines

NSF GRIP applications are due on two timelines based on winter and summer internship opportunities:

  • December 15th
  • May 6th 

Once applicants complete the process and are awarded as NSF Fellows, they may review available GRIP opportunities at DHS and contact host researchers for more information on internship research projects and timelines. For more information on NSF program updates and the application process, visit the GRIP website.

For more information about DHS opportunities, please contact Stephanie Willett.


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