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Academic Engagement Results

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has worked closely with our partners throughout government and in the academic community to develop programs and resources for students, faculty and school administrators.

Campus Resilience 

  • In February 2013, DHS launched the Campus Resilience Pilot Program, which engages colleges and universities to help their efforts to develop and pilot an emergency preparedness and resilience planning process. Through the program, DHS draws on existing resources and collaborates with federal, state and local stakeholders to identify new innovative approaches to promote campus resilience.
  • Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.
  • The Stop.Think.Connect. campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online, and has specific resources geared towards students and educators.  
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched an Academia and Resilience webpage that provides tools, resources, and training information for campus emergency managers, faculty and students. 

Student and Recent Graduate Recruitment 

  • DHS offers a variety of internships, job opportunities, and educational and training programs for students and recent graduates.
  • In October 2012, DHS launched the Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP), a recruitment initiative for exceptional recent graduates. The 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. 
  • The SHP Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative is an unpaid student volunteer program for college students pursuing a program of study in a cybersecurity-related field.  Originally created in April 2013, the program expanded to new DHS offices and locations in 2014, with over 100 unpaid student volunteer assignments available in over 60 locations across the country. 

International Students 

  • Launched in 2011, the Study in the States initiative includes a focus on streamlining the student visa process, enhancing coordination among government agencies and keeping international students better informed about student visa rules and regulations.  As part of this initiative, DHS maintains a Study in the States website that serves as an innovative information hub for the international student community.
  • In May 2012, DHS announced a series of administrative reforms and policies that embrace talented students from other countries who come to study in the United States, including the announcement of an expanded list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) designated-degree programs. 

Homeland Security Academic Programs 

  • FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) trains more than 2 million students annually. Training delivery systems include residential onsite training; offsite delivery in partnership with emergency management training systems, colleges, and universities; and technology-based mediums to conduct individual training courses for emergency management personnel across the nation.
  • Located at the Naval Post Graduate School, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security has been a provider of homeland security graduate and executive level education since 2002.
  • DHS has formed close relationships with institutions of higher education in order to provide its current employees with educational and training opportunities. For example, the Transportation Security Administration’s Associates Program allows Transportation Security Officers to advance their education and career development in the field of homeland security through partnerships with local community colleges. 

Academic Research and Faculty Exchange 

  • The Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs’ Centers of Excellence are an extended consortium of hundreds of universities that engage the academic community to deliver tools, technologies, and research to enhance DHS’ homeland security capabilities.
Last Published Date: December 16, 2013
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