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Research for Intelligence & Security Challenges (RISC) Internship Program

The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) at the University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the virtual Research for Intelligence & Security Challenges (RISC) Initiative internship program. This exciting 10-week paid program pairs students with faculty mentors from INSURE consortium member institutions like UT and the community comprising the Department of Defense (DOD) and the  Intelligence Community (IC), and offers the opportunity to be sponsored for a security clearance and to be considered for future employment with the US government.

Students will be introduced to career opportunities with the DoD and IC and will develop their technical capabilities through hands-on real world problems. Project topics will be posed by government operators, and supported with realistic data sets and other materials. Over the 10-week period, students will conduct research and participate in lectures and regular team development meetings in a shared virtual work environment. The summer program will conclude with a demonstration event and workshop, with a panel of visiting experts from DOD/IC to discuss the results.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a graduate or undergraduate student;
  • not have graduated before fall 2022;
  • be a US citizen; and
  • be available full-time for the duration of the program.

Relevant disciplines for this program are:

  • computer science
  • information science
  • engineering
  • mathematics and statistics
  • social and behavioral sciences
  • language and linguistics
  • data science
  • public policy

Applications are due by February 6, 2023. For more information contact James Andes ( or visit