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Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities at the Florida Division of Emergency Management

Internship positions will vary semester by semester depending on agency needs. The positions and descriptions listed below have been offered in the past and can be used as a reference as to the variety of opportunities offered at our agency. For an up to date listing of positions available in the upcoming semester please contact our Internship Coordinator.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Internship Position:

Communications and External Affairs Intern

Semester/Year:

Fall 2022

Intern Supervisor:

Alecia Collins – Alecia.Collins@em.myflorida.com

Internship Objective/Job Description:

As part of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Office of Communications and External Affairs, the intern has the opportunity to learn about the best social media practices, the importance of crisis communication in a disaster and how to write concisely for different audiences and emergency management. This position provides support to the entire Communications and External Affairs office.

Please list specific project tasks the intern is expected to complete during internship tenure:

  • Produce social media reports tracking analytics across the Division’s social media platforms
  • Draft press releases and social media posts as needed
  • Coordinate with the Communications Coordinator to develop monthly social media plans
  • Track media requests received by the Division
  • Track speaking and other external events
  • Serve as support staff in Emergency Support Function 14 when the State Emergency Operations Center is activated
  • Assist with news media monitoring, distribution of reports and tracking of relevant articles
  • Assist with the production of social media toolkits, such as Florida Preparedness Month
  • Take notes at the Governor’s and the Division’s press conferences
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office applications
  • Social media management and best practices
  • Experience in drafting press releases, memos, letters, etc.
  • Well-organized, able to work with multiple deadlines with little supervision

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

  • Must have prior experience working in a professional setting

 

 

Desired Majors (Specific majors or “open to all”):

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Communications, Public Relations/Advertising, Journalism, Writing, or related fields.

Will there be opportunities for travel? If so, explain:

 n/a

Can this internship be completed virtually?

 In-Person Internship Opportunity

Please submit completed form to:

Sierra Perna

Sierra.perna@em.myflorida.com

Internship Position:

 Meteorology Intern

Semester/Year:

Fall 2022

Intern Supervisor:

Amy Godsey - amy.godsey@em.myflorida.com   850-519-8483

Internship Objective/Job Description:

This position involves interning with the State Meteorological Support Unit at the Florida Division of Emergency Management in Tallahassee. The selected student is expected to volunteer at least 10 hours per week working in the Florida State Watch Office providing meteorological support to the Florida Division of Emergency Management and other state agencies throughout Florida.

Please list specific project tasks the intern is expected to complete during internship tenure:

Assist in the creation of weekly weather outlooks distributed to statewide partners, assist in developing Severe Weather & Hurricane Season trainings for Operations Officers and ECOs

Desired Skills/Experience:

Microsoft Office experience, public speaking

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

Recommended – completion of Intro to Synoptic Meteorology or similar class

Desired Majors (Specific majors or “open to all”):

Meteorology, Atmospheric Science

Will there be opportunities for travel? If so, explain:

 No

Can this internship be completed virtually?

 No

Please submit completed form to:

Sierra Perna

Sierra.perna@em.myflorida.com

Internship Position: 

 Infrastructure Branch Intern

Semester/Year:

Fall 2022

Intern Supervisor:

Logan Patten, Emergency Fuels Program Lead - logan.patten@em.myflorida.com; (850) 443-3625                                                                                 

Internship Objective/Job Description:

Assist in the development of a fuels heat map for the state of Florida.

Please list specific project tasks the intern is expected to complete during internship tenure:

  • Attend relationship building meetings with associations and individual company owners/CEOs to establish stakeholder buy-in; • Development of a data board in WebEOC to house the fuel data;                                                                            • Development of GIS Fuels Heat Map.

Desired Skills/Experience:

Skills in communication via email and phone, experience working in Microsoft Excel, GIS Experience (Preferred).

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

Recommended FEMA IS courses 100, 200, 700 & 800

Desired Majors (Specific majors or “open to all”):

Open to all

Will there be opportunities for travel? If so, explain:

 Potential opportunities to travel to fuel terminals.

Can this internship be completed virtually?

 No

Please submit completed form to:

Sierra Perna

Sierra.perna@em.myflorida.com

Internship Position: 

 Nuclear Emergency Planner Intern

Semester/Year:

Fall 2022

Intern Supervisor:

Erek Culbreath – erek.culbreath@em.myflorida.com

Internship Objective/Job Description:

This intern will aid in the construction of the State Radiological Emergency Management Plan by working with the Nuclear Planners, external governmental organizations and power plants. Additionally, this intern will review county radiological emergency plans as needed.

Please list specific project tasks the intern is expected to complete during internship tenure:

State Radiological Emergency Management Plan, additional county plan reviews as needed.

Desired Skills/Experience:

Excellent skills with Microsoft office suite, communication, as well as working with others in a team atmosphere.  

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

None

Desired Majors (Specific majors or “open to all”):

Open to all

Will there be opportunities for travel? If so, explain:

 Yes, to power plants, and perhaps various conferences.

Can this internship be completed virtually?

 Partially

Please submit completed form to:

Sierra Perna

Sierra.perna@em.myflorida.com

Internship Position:

 Preparedness Intern

Semester/Year:

Fall 2022

Intern Supervisor:

Robert Collins – Robert.collins@em.myflorida.com

Internship Objective/Job Description:

To assist and support the collection of data needed for the preparation of the THIRA and SPR, due to FEMA, as well as the state capabilities report, as required for the state legislature.

Please list specific project tasks the intern is expected to complete during internship tenure:

Collect operational and capabilities information from ESFs, and state agencies and synthesize that data for both reports.

Desired Skills/Experience:

Discussion facilitation; adept at using spreadsheets and other computer apps/software, data collection and research.

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

IS-100, IS-200; IS-400; IS-800.

Desired Majors (Specific majors or “open to all”):

Open to all

Will there be opportunities for travel? If so, explain:

 Not necessary, unless desired by the intern.

Can this internship be completed virtually?

 No

Please submit completed form to:

Sierra Perna

Sierra.perna@em.myflorida.com

Internship Position: 

 Planning Section intern

Semester/Year:

Fall 2022

Intern Supervisor:

Kaylynn Perry 850-254-5657

Internship Objective/Job Description:

Work with me on SERT Planning Section initiatives, staff Planning Section during an activation

Please list specific project tasks intern is expected to complete during internship tenure:

Planning Section SOG updates

Desired Skills/Experience:

Basic EM knowledge, word, excel, adobe acrobat, likes to read :)

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

PDS

Desired Majors (Specific majors or “open to all”):

Open to all

Will there be opportunities for travel? If so, explain:

 Most likely not, possible deployment for PDAs if interested.

Can this internship be completed virtually?

 No.

Please submit completed form to:

Sierra Perna

Sierra.perna@em.myflorida.com

Internship Position:

 HLMP Marketing Intern

Semester/Year:

Fall 2022

Intern Supervisor:

Grant Goodwin; Grant.Goodwin@em.myflorida.com; x4516

Internship Objective/Job Description:

The Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program (HLMP) is a state-funded mitigation program. Governmental agencies and non-profits apply once per year to fund projects to mitigate the effects of hurricanes. The goal of the internship is to market the program to eligible applicants through outreach and clear messaging. 

Please list specific project tasks intern is expected to complete during internship tenure:

Marketing (website design, social media posts, campaign strategies, outreach presentations), Loss Avoidance of Program (tracking previous projects to show mitigation efforts with GIS team).

Desired Skills/Experience:

Media and marketing experience. Preferred to have Emergency Management experience, but not required.  

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

IS 100, 200, 700, 800 highly recommended

Desired Majors (Specific majors or “open to all”):

Marketing, Emergency Management, Public Administration, Business

Will there be opportunities for travel? If so, explain:

 Potentially. This will include outreach, trainings, and site visits.

Can this internship be completed virtually?

 Hybrid

Please submit completed form to:

Sierra Perna

Sierra.perna@em.myflorida.com

Internship Position:

Disaster Housing Intern

Semester/Year:

Fall 2022

Intern Supervisor:

Megan Bond

Internship Objective/Job Description:

Assist in the creation of a Disaster Housing Task Force and Advisory Board.

Please list specific project tasks the intern is expected to complete during internship tenure:

  1. Develop organizational structure, positions, roles, and responsibilities for the DHTF and Advisory Board; 2. Develop a Joint Disaster Housing Task Force Strategy; 3. Assist in recruiting, selecting, and engaging the selected members; 4. Assist with facilitating the initial meetings of each group.

Desired Skills/Experience:

Strong project management skills; Strong organizational and time management skills; writing, editing, and oral communications skills; and the ability to coordinate and complete multiple tasks under high-stress situations.

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

Knowledge of the FEMA Individual Assistance Program, National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). Knowledge of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command Structure (ICS) are desirable.

Desired Majors (Specific majors or “open to all”):

Urban Planning, Emergency Management, Sociology, or other social sciences fields preferred. Will consider those studying all majors.

Will there be opportunities for travel? If so, explain:

No.

Can this internship be completed virtually?

No.

Please submit completed form to: Sierra Perna Sierra.perna@em.myflorida.com

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