Now accepting applications: CTSS Fall 2017 Internship

Fall 2017 Internship: Propaganda and Extreme Action

UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) is seeking highly motivated students to become involved in the CTSS Internship. CTSS is offering one 3-credit internship (CRIM 4960) that focuses on the gathering and the analysis of data which explore the nexus of terrorist groups’ propaganda and operational behavior. The Internship will cover both domestic (far-right) and international groups. Students will be given the opportunity to experience the various stages of research construction and design, and to utilize the data for their own work as well.

About CTSS

CTSS conducts scholarly research on all aspects of terrorism, political violence and issues of domestic and international security. The center’s work aims to to better understand the causes and consequences of new and emerging security challenges in order to support counter-terrorism training, education and policy.

The CTSS Internship

The CTSS internship offers students the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience of researching terrorism and terrorist offenders. As part of this internship students will collect, analyze and present data on terrorist offenders and terrorist attacks in the United States. Students have used the CTSS internship to support job applications for law enforcement, government agencies, roles for intelligence agencies and the armed forces.


Weekly meetings will take place on UML South Campus. The position will require a commitment of 10 hours per week.

How to Apply

This internship is open to UML students from all majors. While we encourage previous interns to re-apply and continue to work with us, we also strongly encourage new interns to apply.

No previous education in terrorism or homeland security is required to apply for this internship.

  1. E-mail a resume and cover letter as
    a single file, PDF document to Neil Shortland at
  2. The file must be titled “Your-Last-Name CTSS Application.pdf.”
  3. Resume should include both your cumulative and last-semester grade point averages.
  4. Cover letter should be addressed to Professor Neil Shortland.
  5. Cover letter must indicate whether the student intends to pursue the internship for credit.

For full call please see:

CTSS.Call for Interns