Homeland Security Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research 2024

The Homeland Security Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research program is now accepting applications for internships starting in the summer of 2024.

Do you want to learn more about the US Department of Homeland Security and the research the agency and component agencies do to enhance your research interests and career goals?

Are you interested in learning from top scientists and subject matter experts in homeland security related areas?

Are you seeking to network with your peers and members of the academic and scientific communities in government facilities conducting research in DHS relevant areas?

If you answered “Yes”, to the above questions, the HS-POWER program is for you!

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/office-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 https://www.dhs.gov/strategic-planning which includes social sciences.

As a participant in the HS-POWER Program, you will participate in quality research experiences with federal research facilities and other DHS-STEM focused entities nationwide. You will establish connections with DHS professionals that facilitate long-term relationships between, researchers, DHS personnel and research facilities, giving you a competitive edge as you move forward toward your career.

Application at the following link: https://bit.ly/HSPOWER24.


  • Stipend: Undergraduate students receive $750 per week and graduate students will receive $950 per week.
  • 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, and who are paying for housing onsite is available.
  • Housing Allowance: A housing allowance of $400/week is provided to participants whose home of record is more than fifty miles, one-way, from their assigned hosting facility, move onsite for the duration of their appointment, and are paying for housing while onsite. Alternatively, for those whose appointment is 100% virtual, a $50 virtual allowance will be added.

Appointment Details

  • Appointments will be for 10 consecutive weeks during the months of May-July. Factors such as class schedules, housing availability and facility schedules may be taken into consideration when determining appointment start and end dates.
  • Interns will be assigned to research projects and/or other technical activities under the guidance of a DHS mentor.
  • An appointment involves daily participation at the host facility with the HS-POWER participant in residence at the specified location. Virtual appointments may be available for some appointments.
  • HS-POWER participants are required to have health insurance coverage during the appointment period and to provide proof of this coverage prior to the start of the appointment.

Important Information

Preference will be given to applicants who are:

  • Veterans and Disabled Veterans
  • Underrepresented minorities in STEM
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Persons possessing a suitability or security clearance within the last
    five years.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or Doctoral Degree.

Employees of DHS Component agencies or participating partner agencies are not eligible to participate in this program.

If you have questions, send an email to DHSed@orau.org. We look forward to receiving your application!

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