Internships & Employment
Research Assistant (3 months, commencing February 2014)
This initial pilot project in the US is being undertaken as part of comparative study of Muslim converts in the US, UK, Australia and Canada. The project is developing a comprehensive Muslim convert database and an interdisciplinary framework to explore the factors and processes of Islamic conversion. Please download the Research-Assistant-Announcement
(pdf) for project details and application instructions.
CTSS Internships - Closed
We anticipate announcing a call for Summer 2014 applications sometime during the Spring semester.
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.
All CTSS interns will work under the ongoing supervision of Center faculty and staff but will be expected to (after initial training) work independently and to weekly deadlines. 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.
All interns will also have opportunities to participate in CTSS conferences and seminars. CTSS faculty will also run occasional seminars on special topics, available only for CTSS Interns. Upon successful completion of the internship, students will also receive a Certificate of Completion from the CTSS Director, Professor John Horgan. From time to time, CTSS research sponsors and associates may visit the Center, and interns will be invited to present some emerging findings from their work to practitioners and policy analysts from the counter-terrorism community.
Internship positions are unpaid. 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.
Academic credit (3 credits) is available with approval from your academic adviser and upon completion of additional requirements.
The positions will run the duration of the spring 2014 semester with a required commitment of 10 hours per week for 3 credits. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and the final round of selections will be made no later than November 2013.
Applications that do not follow the exact instructions below will not be considered.
- E-mail a resume and cover letter as a single file, PDF document to Mr. Bryan Carter at email@example.com.
- The file must be titled “Your_Last_Name CTSS Application.pdf”.
- Resume should include both your cumulative and last-semester grade point averages.
- Resume should identify the School from which you are applying (e.g., School of Criminology and Justice Studies, etc.).
- Cover letter should be addressed to Professor John Horgan.
- Cover letter must indicate whether the student intends to pursue the internship for credit.
- Letter of recommendation from an academic professional (Professor, Teacher, Principal, Counselor) emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by the letter writer or mailed to:
Center for Terrorism and Security Studies
113 Wilder Street, Suite 445
Lowell, MA 01854
Applicants are also encouraged to identify in their cover letter which of the two CTSS projects they would prefer to be involved in (state “typology” or “lone actors”). We will do our best to accommodate preferences, but all applicants should know that first choice is not guaranteed.
Any questions about the application process or what the internships entail can be directed to Mr. Bryan Carter at the aforementioned e-mail address.
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:
- 10-15 hours of initial training in data collection and processing
- Successful completion of assigned readings where relevant
- Timely submission of bi-weekly reports
- Required quantity of coding and processing of data.
- 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.