UNL, DHS Partner on Workforce

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The University of Nebraska and U.S. Department of Homeland Security have signed a new partnership agreement aimed at growing the DHS workforce in key areas relating to national security and other pertinent homeland security missions.

Under the partnership, the university and DHS will work together to expand internship and job opportunities for students in areas such as cybersecurity, intelligence, emergency management and law enforcement.

“The University of Nebraska has a long history of working with our federal partners on research and development that solves homeland security needs facing our state and nation,” University of Nebraska President Ted Carter said in a news release. “Those needs grow more urgent and complex by the day. As Nebraska’s university system, we have an opportunity and responsibility to help prepare the next generation of leaders who will keep our nation safe.”

Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Engagement Eva Millona said the partnership is a positive step.

“The finalization of the DHS-wide Memorandum of Understanding partnership agreement with all four campuses of the University of Nebraska is a significant and impactful step toward repairing our relationship across tribal communities, public land-grant relationships with Middle America and developing a pipeline for students to secure diverse internships, externships and federal hire positions within DHS,” Millona said.

The partnership builds on existing efforts like the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology and Education Center, a shared Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence that was launched at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2020 after a highly competitive selection process.

UNO Chancellor Joanne Li noted that the 15 research projects currently underway in the NCITE consortium. The center goal, she said, is to be the federal government’s “go-to” in this area.

“Mavericks are driven to serve our community, our state and our country,” Li said. “This memorandum aligns perfectly with our institution’s core values and will strengthen our efforts to produce people of high skill and high character who meet the Department of Homeland Security’s workforce needs.”

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