US Department of Homeland Security

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Position Type:                       Internship (Summer)

ID#:                                         131640

Preferred Class:                    Junior or higher

Preferred Majors:                 Japanese, Central European, Russian, Eurasian Studies, French, Germanic Studies, History, Italian, Romance Languages, Spanish, Modern French, Behavior and Social Sciences, Government and Politics, Public Policy

Job Function:                         Research

Location:                                Washington, DC


The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Visa Waiver Program Office (VWPO) seeks industrious, resourceful, and research-oriented interns for summer 2016.The VWPO manages the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which enables nationals of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to ninety days. Its chief responsibility is to conduct statutorily-mandated reviews of the effects of each VWP country’s participation in the program on the national security, law enforcement, and immigration enforcement interests of the United States. In conducting these reviews, the VWPO closely examines VWP countries’ counterterrorism, law enforcement, immigration enforcement, passport security, and border management capabilities and cooperation with the United States.VWPO internships offer the opportunity to work alongside DHS policy analysts in conducting the aforementioned reviews and developing policy related to the VWP. Graduate students and outstanding undergraduates are encouraged to apply. This opportunity is limited to U.S. citizens. All internships with the VWPO are unpaid. However, students may apply to receive academic credit for their internship.

Duration:                                Summer 2016

Hours Per Week:                   20

Compensation:                      Unpaid

Qualifications:                        Ideal candidates will possess the following qualities:

• Experience conducting detailed research projects;
• Exceptional writing proficiency;
• Expertise in law enforcement, national security, and/or migration matters;
• Familiarity with transnational security issues and U.S. foreign policy;
• Ingenuity, assiduity, mental fortitude; and
• Knowledge of one or more foreign languages.

Application deadline:            March 1, 2016