University of Southern California

DHS-CREATE Internship Opportunity in Washington D.C.

Date: October 3, 2012

DHS/CREATE Internship Announcement

CREATE is excited to announce a new paid internship program with our partners at DHS. This internship will provide the student with real world experience in Homeland Security working on-site at DHS. This internship will begin Spring Semester where the intern will work remotely on a project with the DHS counterparts at CREATE. The project will continue during the summer where the intern will live in D.C. and work at DHS. A stipend will be paid to the student to cover the flight, furnished apartment, and living expenses. The student must be able to complete a suitability review, hold U.S. citizenship, and be available to work on-site at DHS for one summer. Please submit your application materials to: with "DHS Internship Application" in the subject line.

Deadline for submission: October 24, 2012

Application Materials
• Current resume
• Essay on current studies and projected career goals (one page max)
• Minimum GPA of 3.3
• Student with CREATE or USC HSSO affiliation
• Recent writing sample and/or a project PowerPoint presentation

Internship Positions

DHS Policy / Office of Strategy, Planning, Analysis and Risk (SPAR) can offer a competitive internship to work in 1 of 2 Directorates in SPAR which will depend on skillsets and interests of the student and ongoing projects in the Directorates. As a DHS Headquarters function, SPAR is part of the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Homeland Security.
The following skill areas and competencies will be strengthened during this internship: project management, written and oral communication, interagency coordination, program analysis, development of technical skills related to quantitative public policy, risk and decision analysis, statistics, and economic analysis. A perspective on the workings of federal government in the Homeland Security enterprise will also be gained.

1. Position: Policy Analyst / Strategist
Directorate: Strategy, Planning and Long Term Assessments Directorate
Desired Student: MPA/ MPP / PhD / MBA / JD students wanting to focus on public policy, planning and development
Responsibilities: 1. Develop analytically-driven, high-impact products that improve DHS and homeland security enterprise strategic direction, integration, and decision-making. 2. Design and refine DHS processes necessary for the QHSR and DHS strategy, planning, and analysis to have the intended beneficial impact on homeland security activities.

2. Position: Risk & Decision Analyst / Statistician / Economist
Directorate: Risk and Decision Analysis Directorate
Desired Student: MS/ MPP / PhD students wanting to focus on quantitative modeling, strategic risk assessments, statistics, and economic modeling projects.
Responsibilities: 1. Conduct rigorous, objective, relevant, authoritative, and timely decision support analysis resulting in high-impact products that support and inform senior leaders' decisions. 2. Design and refine core analytic processes, models, and data that support DHS strategy, planning, and analysis and the execution of the QHSR requirements and missions