Homeland Security Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER)
- Are you a student looking for a professional opportunity to learn about homeland security related research to enhance your research interests and career goals?
- Do you want to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts in homeland security related areas?
- Do you want 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 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.
- Stipend: Undergraduate students receive of $600 per week and graduate students will receive $700 per week.
- Travel: Travel reimbursement for inbound and outbound expenses up to $1,000 for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site.
- Housing Allowance: A housing allowance of $200/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.
- Appointments will be for 10 consecutive weeks during the months of August-December. 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 mentor.
- An appointment involves a full-time commitment at the host facility with the HS-POWER participant in residence at the specified location.
- 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.
In response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosting sites may modify their operation schedules and access to facilities to ensure the health and safety of their entire workforce while maintaining operational effectiveness. Hence, the appointment dates and location are subject to change contingent on host site availability and may result in a virtual placement.
Nature of Appointment
Participants will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DHS, or the hosting facility. Instead, participants will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE Letter of Appointment and Terms of Appointment.
How to Apply
A completed application consists of:
- A completed Zintellect Profile
- A completed Application:
The application includes questions specific to the program addressing each of the following topics:
Personal Narrative: Describe your personal motivation for applying as well as your specific interest in the program.
Career Goals: Describe your career goals and the ways that participation in the program may assist you in accomplishing your goals-include any relevant experience. What do you hope to learn over the course of the appointment that may help you meet your career goals? How does your future career interest align with DHS’s mission to safeguard the American people?
Research Interests and Relevance to DHS Research Areas: Describe how your personal research interests and completed coursework align with DHS research areas. Describe your current research interests, including one or more research questions or problems you would like to pursue. In your essay, attribute words and ideas other than your own to their proper source.
- Transcripts/Academic Records - Unofficial transcripts or copies of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institutional systems may be submitted. Transcripts/Academic records must include name of the academic institution, name of the student, completed/in progress coursework and grades. Documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system. Copies of official transcripts will be required if an appointment is offered to verify enrollment during the Spring 2021 term.
- Letters of Recommendation: You are required to request recommendations from a professional who can speak to your academic record and potential for success in an appointment as indicated by academic accomplishments, as well as communication and teamwork skills. Recommenders will be asked to complete a recommendation in Zintellect. Recommendations submitted via email will not be accepted. Recommendation must be submitted before an offer is made.
All documents must be submitted via Zintellect. All application components must be received in the system in order to be considered. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.