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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 the Student Workforce to Experience Research Program (HS-POWER) 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 Homeland Security 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. Additionally, you will establish connections with DHS professionals that facilitate long-term relationships between yourself, researchers, DHS personnel and research facilities.
All documents must be submitted via Zintellect.
All application components must be received in the Zintellect system in order to be considered.
Review and Selection Process
Completed applications will undergo an eligibility and compliance check by ORISE. DHS-approved hosting facilities will review applications based on educational background, experience, interests, skills, career goals, and fit for projects. Hosting facilities will submit their recommended candidates to DHS in a rolling review and approval process. Final selection for HS-POWER will be made by a federal official from DHS. DHS will notify ORISE of final selections and ORISE will notify selected candidates and hosting facilities. Some components may choose to start reviewing applications and making selections as soon as applications are received to accommodate internal schedules. Applicants are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to submit applications.
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.
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A completed application consists of:
Appointments offered during the summer months are approximately 10-weeks in length. Extensions may be granted based on the needs of the sponsoring office and the candidate's availability. Appointments during the academic year may also be available. Start dates beginning in the time frame of late fall through summer 2021 are negotiated between participants, their assigned mentors/facilities, and ORISE. 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. Full-time and part-time appointments may vary by 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.
For students participating onsite:
For students participating virtually:
Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week; Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week.
In order to be considered, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:
Have the ability to obtain and maintain the required security clearance to access the hosting facility.
Meet one of the following conditions:
For students enrolled at a 2-year institution during the 2020-2021 academic year: Internship assignment is contingent on the student providing:
Proof of enrollment for spring 2021 for fall or spring semester participants; or,
Proof of application to a 4-year institution at the time appointment is accepted for summer 2021 participants.
For undergraduate seniors graduating in spring or summer 2021: Internship assignment is contingent on the student providing:
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