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National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
8400 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 250
College Park, MD
Posted: September 26 2016
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DescriptionThe Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is the largest and most comprehensive unclassified terrorism database in the world. Currently updated through 2013, the GTD details information on over 125,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred since 1970. Data from the GTD have been featured on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in the New York Times, Reuters, CNN, and numerous other media outlets. The current data are also used by the United States Department of State in its annual Congressional report, Country Reports on Terrorism. In joining the GTD team, interns will gain valuable experience working on a time-sensitive data collection effort that is used by those responsible for shaping United States counterterrorism policy.
We are currently seeking graduate students and exceptional undergraduate students with an interest in terrorism research and public policy to assist with identifying, classifying, analyzing, and recording information about current terrorist incidents.
Throughout the course of the internship, students will be exposed to tens of thousands of media articles from both global (Reuters, Associated Press, BBC, Al-Jazeera, etc.) and local (Nigeria Punch, Al-Mada Press, Plus News Pakistan, Yemen Fox, etc.) news sources that describe thousands of incidents of terrorism. The main task of the intern will be to extract pertinent information regarding attacks from these news articles and record it in the database.
By joining the GTD team, students will experience what it is like to be a member of a large, multi-year social science research project that has a real-world and real-time policy impact. Interns will also gain valuable data analysis and analytical skills and acquire in-depth knowledge about the patterns of global terrorist activity.
GTD internships will be relevant for those planning to apply to graduate school in related social and behavioral science fields or anyone interested in gaining employment in the homeland security, defense, law enforcement, or intelligence communities.
Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum of 60 university credits completed
Ability to attend relevant training and bi-weekly meetings
Commit to 10 hours per week of their time to the internship
Communicate frequently with their assigned project manager
Experience and familiarity with Microsoft Excel
Responsible and self-motivated
Strong attention to detail
A strong interest in research
A record of superior academic achievement
Ability to work independently in addition to working with team and supervisor
Ability to complete internship for academic credit
Any regional expertise, language skills, or prior research experience is an asset