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 with federal research facilities and other HS-STEM focused entities nationwide either onsite or in a virtual environment. This experience will provide you with a competitive edge as you apply your education, talent and skills in a variety of settings within the DHS enterprise. You will also establish connections with DHS professionals that facilitate long-term relationships between yourself, researchers, DHS personnel and research facilities.
10 weeks during the months of May-August, involving full time commitment (40 hours/week)
- Stipend: $950/week for graduate students
- Travel: A total of $1,000 travel reimbursement for inbound and outbound expenses for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site.
- Housing Allowance: A housing allowance of $400/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. Alternatively, for those whose appointment is 100% virtual, a $50 virtual allowance will be added.
In order to be considered, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:
- 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 18 years of age or older by desired start date.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale as of Spring 2023.
- 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 freshman, sophomore or junior undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university during the 2022-2023 academic year.
- Full-time enrollment as a senior undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited 4-year college or university during the 2022-2023 academic year and plans to be enrolled as a graduate student at a U.S. accredited college or university for Fall 2023.
- Full-time enrollment as a graduate student at a U.S. accredited college or university during the 2022-2023 academic year, and plan to continue enrollment in Fall 2023.
- Graduate students with an expected graduation date prior to Fall 2023 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.