Application Deadline: Monday, October 18, 2010
time commitment: 10 hours per week
unpaid; academic credit available
Applicants will be informed of decisions by October 22
The International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST)
engages in scholarly research on all aspects of terrorism and political violence. The Center's work is multidisciplinary in nature and draws on multiple perspectives, methods, and analytic frameworks in understanding the causes and consequences of terrorism in all its forms.
ICST seeks to recruit highly motivated students to work on five terrorism-related research projects.
"Competitive Adaptation in Terrorist Networks" is a multi-year project assessing how terrorist groups and government counter-terrorism entities adapt and learn from the strategies employed by one another. Students will learn about specific radical groups in-depth and gain exposure to data collection, processing, and dynamic network analysis (a method for analyzing complex social networks over time).
"Bomb to Bomb-Maker" analyzes the history of Irish Republican Army IED behavior from 1970-1998. Students will be working on two key components of the project: (1) the collection of all information regarding British counter-terrorism policy related to IEDs, and (2) the collection of socio-demographic information, life histories, and network information on individual members of the IRA.
"Tipping Points" examines the strategic, environmental, and intra-group processes that drive terrorist organizations to engage in their first act of suicide terrorism. Students will collect information on assigned terrorist organizations.
"Typologies" analyzes the different types of roles and behaviors that members of terrorist organizations engage in. Students will collect trial information of individuals convicted of terrorism-related offenses within the United States.
The Global Self-Immolation Events Database (GS-IED) seeks to identify and track the spread of self-immolation in the context of political conflict. Self-immolation is the act of setting oneself on fire. Though associated with mental illness, self-immolation is an increasingly common form of political protest. Students will help develop a searchable online database for students and researchers to consult in their work.
Students will also have opportunities to participate in Center conferences and seminars. Upon successful completion of the internship, students will receive a Certificate of Internship from the Director. This internship is excellent experience for students interested in pursuing graduate education in a related field or a career in intelligence, defense policy, the military, or a terrorism-oriented NGO.
Requirements: High level of personal motivation, ability to self-manage and be independent and remain detail-oriented throughout all levels of project work, basic information technology skills, high level of interest in terrorism and homeland security issues, and strong written and oral communication skills.
Desirable: Familiarity with Apple Macintosh OSX Operating system, working knowledge of recent literature on terrorism.Application Procedures
E-mail a resume and cover letter as a single file, PDF document by October 18. If you are a student in the College of Liberal Arts, send the PDF document to Ms. Ashley Tarbet at firstname.lastname@example.org. The file must be titled "Your_Last_Name ICST Application." Cover letters should be addressed to Dr. John Horgan. Any questions about this application process can be directed to Ms. Tarbet. Any questions about what the internships entail (requirements may differ for academic credit) can be directed to Mr. Bryan Carter at ICSTinternship@psu.edu.