This blog will focus on careers with the Department of Homeland Security and the different components of DHS. The audience for this blog are college students majoring in Criminal Justice or with an interest in law enforcement who are specifically interested in a career with the DHS.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 attacks to protect the United States from further attacks. The core mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to protect the homeland, the United States of America, and to keep the country safe and secure against terrorism and any other attacks. The mission of DHS is divided into three concepts which are Security, Resilience, Customs and Exchange. Not only does DHS works on preventing terrorism, but also secures U.S. borders, enforces immigration laws, grants VISAs, secures cyberspace, and provides aid during disasters or other attacks. This mission is completed by more than 240,000 DHS employees DHS who work everyday to keep us safe.
There are different operational and support components that all together make up the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The major components are the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), United States Custom and Border Protection (CBP), United States Coast Guard (USCG), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the United States Secret Service (USSS). There are career and student internship opportunities available within each component.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) not only hires professionals but also hires students and recent graduates, experienced professionals, retirees, and veterans. The department offers meaningful opportunities and flexible work schedule for everyone. Career opportunities are offered in areas such as mission support, law enforcement, immigration, travel security, prevention, and response. Students have opportunities to do internships, fellowships, and attend training programs with the different departments. Students can search for student opportunities with DHS on USAJobs.gov and can also look at the UMD Career Events page. The UMD Career Center posts many events for networking opportunities that different intelligence agencies including DHS attends.
In addition to many professional development opportunities that DHS offers, there are many benefits of working at the Department of Homeland Security. The benefits include training and development opportunities, flexible hours, student loan repayment programs, a retirement plan, transportation subsidies, health insurance, and pay increased with performance. Department employees work everyday to change make US safe and secure and make a difference everyday.
Students who are looking for more details should look at the following websites for more detailed info on the various departments: https://www.dhs.gov/topics
In addition, college students should consider applying to different internships offered by the Department. Getting accepted into the internships will give students a great head start and an insight into the different opportunities provided by the department. More information about the internships can be found here: https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/students. The earlier the students start looking for opportunities, the better will be. Students should not wait until their senior year to apply for opportunities and use their time wisely through their college career. Lastly, students look at this video to get an overview of careers with DHS and the process: