Center for Terrorism and Security Studies

Internships & Employment

Now Accepting Applications for Student Interns

Application deadline is May 30th, 2014

UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) conducts scholarly research on all aspects of terrorism, political violence and issues of domestic and international security. The Center’s work is multidisciplinary, drawing on many perspectives, research methodologies, and analytic frameworks in order to better understand the causes and consequences of new and emerging security challenges.
 
CTSS is seeking highly motivated students for the academic semester Fall 2014. Successful candidates will work on one of two research projects aimed at understanding the activities engaged in by members of terrorist groups. Students may identify specific interests in their applications, but this will not ensure final placement as project needs are subject to change. 

Project Descriptions

The first project, ‘Developing a Typology of Terrorism Involvement as a Basis to Planning for Sentencing, Management, Risk Reduction, Release and Monitoring of Terrorist Offenders’, aims to understand the multiple roles and functions to which individual terrorists gravitate or are instructed to perform. CTSS interns involved in this project will collect demographic, event, arrest, and sentencing behaviors by analyzing open-source court and arrest related-documents for individuals convicted of terrorism related offences in the United States, United Kingdom and wider Europe.

The second project, ‘Across the Universe? A Comparative Analysis of Violent Radicalization Across Three Offender Types with Implications for Criminal Justice Training and Education’, aims to compare the behavioral underpinnings of three types of U.S.-based offenders since 1990; solo-terrorists; lone-actor terrorists and individuals who engage in mass casualty violence but lack an ideological motivation. CTSS Interns involved in this project will collect data on demographic and background characteristics and antecedent event behaviors by examining and coding information contained in open-source news reports, sworn affidavits and where possible, openly available firsthand accounts.

All CTSS interns will work under the supervision of Center faculty and staff and will specifically help develop a large database of descriptions of individual activities from details of convictions in the US, UK and Europe for terrorism. All interns will also have opportunities to participate in CTSS conferences and seminars. Upon successful completion of the internship, students will also receive a Certificate of Completion from the CTSS Director, Professor John Horgan.

The internship provides excellent experience for students interested in pursuing graduate education in a related field or a career in counterterrorism, homeland security, intelligence, defense policy, the military, or a security-oriented NGO.

Positions are unpaid. Academic credit (3 credits) is available with approval from your academic adviser and upon completion of additional requirements (see below).

Application Procedures

Internships are part-time and open to all UMass Lowell undergraduates. Students may work remotely on project tasks, but all initial training and weekly/biweekly meetings will take place on the University Of Massachusetts Lowell South Campus at the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies headquarters in the Health and Social Sciences building. Returning CTSS Interns are still required to apply according to the instructions set forth below.

The positions will run the duration of the Fall 2014 semester with a required commitment of 10 hours per week. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and the final round of selections will be made no later than May 30th 2013.

Applications that do not follow the exact instructions below will not be considered.

For New applicants:
  1. E-mail a resume and cover letter as a single file, PDF document to Mr. Bryan Carter at bryan_carter@uml.edu.
  2. The file must be titled “Your_Last_Name CTSS Application.pdf."
  3. Resume should include both your cumulative and last-semester grade point averages.
  4. Resume should identify the School from which you are applying (e.g., School of Criminology and Justice Studies, etc.).
  5. Cover letter should be addressed to Professor John Horgan.
  6. Cover letter must indicate whether the student intends to pursue the internship for credit.
  7. Letter of recommendation from an academic professional (Professor, Teacher, Principal, Counselor) emailed directly to bryan_carter@uml.edu.

New applicants are also encouraged to identify in their cover letter which of the two CTSS projects they would prefer to be involved in.

For returning CTSS applicants:

  1. E-mail a resume and cover letter as a single file, PDF document to Mr. Bryan Carter at bryan_carter@uml.edu.
  2. The file must be titled “Your_Last_Name CTSS Application.pdf”.
  3. Resume should include both your cumulative and last-semester grade point averages.
  4. Resume should identify the School from which you are applying (e.g., School of Criminology and Justice Studies, etc.).
  5. Cover letter should be addressed to Professor John Horgan.
  6. Cover letter must indicate whether the student intends to pursue the internship for credit.
Returning applicants will be allocated to the CTSS project they were previously involved in.

Any questions about the application process or what the internships entail can be directed to Mr. Bryan Carter at the aforementioned e-mail address.

Requirements

Internships at CTSS will involve hard work. Successful applicants will have a high level of personal motivation, the ability to self-manage and remain detail-oriented throughout all levels of project work, basic information technology skills, a high level of interest in terrorism and homeland security issues, and strong written and oral communication skills. 

All interns (whether pursuing the internship for credit or not) will be expected to complete the following:
  1. 10-15 hours of initial training in data collection and processing
  2. Successful completion of assigned readings where relevant
  3. Timely submission of bi-weekly reports
  4. Required quantity of coding and processing of data.
  5. Attendance at weekly or bi-weekly meetings with CTSS research staff for discussion, problem-solving, and experience sharing.
In order to receive course credit students will also be required to submit a final research paper.