The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Internship Program provides students with a unique opportunity to apply classroom skills and theory to real life work situations. This hands-on program is designed to strengthen fundamental emergency management concepts and develop the confidence and skills of the next generation to prepare them for future employment opportunities.
As an intern, participants are expected to employ their skills and abilities to contribute to the objectives of their assigned host organization. Our internships provide exposure to industry professionals and promote career development. To support that endeavor, interns will be placed based on interests and specific project availability.
All internships are currently based out of our headquarter offices in Tallahassee, Florida. For assistance finding other emergency management internships near you, please contact your local emergency management office www.floridadisaster.org/counties/.
The internship program acceptance is on a rolling basis and will close when all internship positions are filled.
Phase I : Application Submittal
A complete application package must include:
- State of Florida Employment application (PDF)
- Cover letter
Submit the above materials via e-mail to our Internship Coordinator at the contact information provided below by the deadline date:
Division of Emergency Management
By submitting your application package, you agree that all information provided is correct and that you created all written content. You also agree that if placed, FDEM has permission to post your name and/or use your name/image in future promotional and marketing materials.
Phase II: Interview Selection
The Internship Coordinator will review the application and refer potential applicants to bureau offices throughout the Division. All applicants must be interviewed in person. Skype interviews may be arranged for out-of-town applicants.
Phase III: Placement
Following a successful interview, qualified candidates will be selected to enter the finalist phase where the Internship Coordinator and Human Resources will initiate a background test and drug screening (these will not be of any cost to applicants). Pending results, Internship Coordinator will communicate with applicant regarding the status of their application. If accepted, applicant will receive an offer letter with additional information regarding their internship placement at FDEM.
We work carefully to match the interests and expertise of each selected intern with a corresponding project. Opportunities are regularly updated so please contact the Internship Coordinator for the most current list of vacancies.
Participants can obtain valuable in-depth experience in emergency management and other related fields. In addition, interns will:
- Work with a national leader in the field of emergency management
- Contribute to innovative projects
- Get relevant experience for resume building
- Develop confidence walking into an interview with numerous examples to use
- Obtain a greater understanding of career possibilities and areas of interest
- Gain marketability for employment opportunities after graduation
The FDEM Internship Program runs throughout the year parallel to the semester cycle. Offerings are available during spring, summer and fall semesters. Internships may be extended on a case-by-case basis.
- Spring (January to May)
- Summer (June to August)
- Fall (September to December)
Please note that the FDEM Internship Program is unpaid. Selected interns are expected to intern for a minimum of 15 hours a week for the entire term of the program. Internship schedule will be determined between intern and direct intern supervisor on orientation.
To apply, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university during the time of their internship at FDEM.
Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a basic understanding of emergency management. The following training is recommended:
FEMA Independent Study (IS) Courses: 100, 200, 700 and 800.
These free online trainings can be found at: Training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all