NCSP Internship Program

Program Announcement

The National Center for Security & Preparedness has internship opportunities throughout the year for motivated, high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students. Students in the program are expected to build skills and competencies through mentorship. This can translate to experience that students can use to further their academic and professional goals.

Past NCSP interns have been extremely competitive in the job markets for their desired fields.

Internship Areas

Students may apply for an internship position in up to two (2) of the following areas.


Applications will be considered for both paid and unpaid opportunities on a competitive basis. Internships last for one semester or the summer; students may reapply for future semester/summer programs. Summer internships may be full time or part time; semester internships are typically part time only. To apply, please send the following to Jayson Kratoville via email at


  • Summer 2015: May 13, 2015
  • Fall 2015: July 31, 2015
  • Spring 2016: November 27, 2015

Minimum Requirements

To be considered for an internship position, the applicant must be:

  • Enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at an accredited college or university
  • Able to successfully complete a NYS DHSES background check
  • Available to work 20-40 hours per week (specified on application)
  • Willing to travel occasionally (travel will be reimbursed)
  • Have a valid driver's license

Available Internship Areas

Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Training

As the program lead for the New York State Preparedness Training Center, the NCSP develops and delivers training. The NCSP's Training & Project Management Section (T&P) brings subject matter expertise together with best practices, state and national initiatives, and the NCSP's objective-based training philosophy. Students working in this area may build skills and competencies in:

  • Training development
  • Project coordination
  • Problem solving
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Research & sourcing
  • Formatting & templates

Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Research & Analysis

The threat environment faced by the homeland security community is dynamic. Organizations supporting this community must stay current with events, trends, best practices, and academic theory. The NCSP's Policy, Intelligence, Exercises, and Simulations (PIES) section is devoted to this effort. Students working in this area may build skills and competencies in:

  • Research
  • Analytical communication
  • Research database building
  • Data collection
  • Applied statistics
  • Working in teams across functions

Technical Writing

Our Center produces a wide variety of written communications, including Training Support Packages, guides, website content, research and analysis products, and administrative documents. These products are critical to our external image and internal collaboration; they need to be accurate and professional. Students in this area will work with the NCSP's Editor, and may build skills and competencies in:

  • Technical writing
  • Content & citation verification
  • Formatting and templates
  • Working with deadlines & priorities

Multimedia Production & Public Affairs

The NCSP's multimedia function develops photography and video-based products to be used for training and public affairs objectives. Students will assist with photography, videography, and post-production editing using Adobe Creative Suite. They will also work with the Center's public affairs function, which involves multiple sections. They may build skills and competencies in:

  • Photography and videography
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Working in teams across functions
  • Working with deadlines & priorities

Accounting & Management

Flexibility is one of our Center's greatest assets. Allowing for that flexibility while adhering to strict accounting and management standards is one of its most important and challenging functions. Students working in this area may build skills and competencies in:

  • Accounting and internal auditing
  • Building and refining processes
  • Professional communication
  • Working with deadlines & priorities