Opportunity Within Reach

Each semester, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security offers academic externships and employs students as research assistants – both are opportunities to gain hands-on experience while learning from experts in the field.

Externs earn credit toward their degree while addressing cutting-edge issues relating to laws and policies governing emergency response, counterterrorism, cyber threats, and public health emergencies.

Research assistants employed by CHHS have the opportunity to expand their knowledge by engaging in research that supports a wide array of staff projects ranging from exercise planning to policy development, to government consulting, and legal analysis.

The Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area is home to the country’s highest governmental offices as well as leading private-sector entities - because of this, the region has remained at the cutting edge of homeland security and crisis management. Maryland is an epicenter for cybersecurity, with leading cyber agencies such as the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, as well as a significant number of private sector cybersecurity firms located in the state. Students have a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience and employment prospects, given the proximity of these entities and the strong reputation of Maryland Carey Law.

CHHS’ clients and projects have included:

  • Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management
  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management
  • City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management
  • DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
  • Eastern Shore Communications Alliance
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Harford County Office of Emergency Management
  • Howard County Office of Emergency Management
  • Howard County Department of Health
  • John’s Hopkins Hospital
  • Maryland Community Colleges (6 colleges statewide)
  • Maryland Cybersecurity Council
  • Maryland Department of Health
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Maryland Emergency Management Agency
  • Maryland Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
  • Montgomery County Health Department
  • Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Montgomery County Transit
  • National Security Agency
  • Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management
  • Prince George’s County Health Department
  • Project on National Security Reform
  • The Middle Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (MARCE)
  • The National Capital Region (NCR) Urban Area (MD, VA, DC)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • UMS Chancellor’s Office
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore