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Homeland Security

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. DHS’s work to support the academic community has resulted in a variety of resources, tools, and programs for students, faculty, and academic institutions.

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.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers information on emergency management planning, training courses and resources for colleges and universities through its Campus Ready program
  • Launched in 2014, the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community Voluntary Program is an innovative public-private partnership to help connect organizations, as well as Federal and State, local, tribal, and territorial partners, to DHS and other Federal government programs and resources that will assist their efforts in managing their cyber risks.
  • Together with the Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services, DHS developed and released guides to help schools and institutions of higher education develop, update and implement high-quality emergency operations plans.  
  • FEMA’s Academia and Resilience web portal   provides tools, resources, and training information for campus emergency managers, faculty, school administrators, and students. The portal includes a fact sheet about funding available to colleges and universities through FEMA’s grant programs. 
  • The nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. DHS has significantly expanded the campaign to the academic community by partnering with colleges and universities across the country.

Student and Recent Graduate Recruitment 

  • DHS offers a variety of internships, job opportunities, and educational and training programs for students and recent graduates.
  • The Secretary’s Honors Program 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 more than 100 unpaid student volunteer assignments available in over 60 locations across the country.
  • DHS also partners with other government agencies and the private sector on a variety of initiatives to develop the cybersecurity workforce. In 2013, DHS launched the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies website, an online resource for cybersecurity awareness, education, talent management, and professional development and training. 

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. 
  • DHS works to increase public participation when developing international student policies and procedures and regularly posts draft guidance for public comment before issuing final guidance documents.     

Homeland Security Academic Programs 

  • FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute 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 (CHDS) has been a provider of homeland security graduate and executive level education since 2002. CHDS also maintains the University and Agency Partnership Initiative, which provides support to academic institutions in the development of degree programs in homeland security.
  • 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. 
  • DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate’s Office of Infrastructure Protection joined George Mason University to create the Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Higher Education Initiative. Designed to foster educational programs in the emerging discipline of critical infrastructure, the initiative offers free graduate level curriculum and courses for use at other academic institutions across the country. 

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’s homeland security capabilities.
  • The Science and Technology Directorate regularly hosts technology showcase events and demonstrations to promote the research activities at its Centers of Excellence and partner universities.
Last Published Date: August 21, 2015

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