Homeland Security

Student Opportunities

The Department of Homeland Security offers a variety of prestigious scholarships, fellowships, internships and training opportunities to expose talented students to the broad national security mission.

Secretary's Honors Program

The Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP), announced by Secretary Napolitano in October 2012, is a new recruitment initiative for exceptional recent graduates. SHP offers professional development and training opportunities for talented entry-level people focused on DHS careers in cybersecurity, information technology, management, emergency management, policy and law.

Headquarters Office of Public Affairs

  • Office of Public Affairs Summer Internship Program: Interns will be working on various projects related to the mission of OPA in the following functional areas: Internal Communications, Incident Communications, Press Office, Speechwriting, Strategic Communications, New Media and Web Communications, and Still Photography.

Health and Science

  • Office of Health Affairs Volunteer Scholars Program offers unique unpaid work opportunities to students interested in medical and health matters. Applications are reviewed quarterly.
  • DHS Scholars Program provides individual scholarships to support undergraduate students pursuing degrees in homeland security-focused courses of study.
  • National HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides undergraduate juniors and seniors the opportunity to work with homeland security professionals and researchers for up to ten weeks during the summer. Participants are provided a stipend and conduct research in DHS mission-relevant research areas at federal research facilities and DHS Centers of Excellence.
  • Summer Research Team conducts research at one of the twelve U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence and their partners for ten weeks during the summer.