U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Positions

Professional Opportunities for the Student Workforce to Experience Research Program (HS-POWER)

Reference Code: DHS-POWER-2022-SUMMER


  • 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 disciplines and areas of research?
  • 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 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.



  • Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week;
  • Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week.

For students participating onsite:

  • 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 who are paying for housing while onsite.

Due to COVID 19, some students may be required to participate virtually. In that case:

  • A stipend supplement of $50 per week will be given to offset costs of remote participation.

Appointment Details

  • Appointments will be for 10 consecutive weeks.
  • 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.
  • Per week time commitment varies 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.

How to Apply:  Click https://bit.ly/HSPOWER22 to start your journey!

U.S. citizenship required

Previous program participants may apply.

Application deadline: Friday, December 10, 2021 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time Zone.

For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org.

DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage this program.

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