Workforce Development Initiatives

Workforce Development Initiatives

The DHS S&T Office of University Programs (OUP) helps build a diverse, highly capable, technical workforce for the Homeland Security Enterprise.

Building America’s Future Homeland Security Science and Engineering Workforce

The OUP Workforce Development Initiatives help educate and train the current and future homeland security workforce in science and engineering professions to enhance the capabilities and effectiveness of the homeland security community. Through OUP grants, internships and fellowships, students acquire advanced technical knowledge and training and gain exposure to and experience handling complex real-world challenges.

OUP Workforce Development Initiatives are developing a cadre of professionals dedicated to the DHS mission. The students supported through these programs will become the next generation of homeland security leaders, taking positions with DHS components, national laboratories and other agencies with homeland security missions. Collectively, these programs help ensure there will be a steady stream of homeland security science, technology, engineering, and math professionals to meet current and future homeland security challenges.

  • Summer Internships provide juniors and seniors up to 10 weeks of internship support during the summer. Participants conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at federal research facilities and at DHS S&T Centers of Excellence (COEs). Over 350 summer internships have been granted since awards began in 2008.

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