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)

The selected intern for this placement will review, evaluate and make updates of the Statewide and 12 Area Emergency Alerting System (EAS) Plans. Intern will do by reviewing similar plans and programs in other comparable states for best practices. Identify existing alert and notification tools in use within Florida and identify the best ways to incorporate and reference them in the plans. Identify and recommend corrections, updates and improvements to the State and Area Operations Plans, as well as, incorporate approved changes into the applicable plans.

The selected intern for this placement will further the Divisions public education and outreach program through redesign of materials and participation in outreach events. Intern will field and fulfill outreach materials requests from stakeholders, participate in outreach events and research new opportunities. Track outreach impact through analytics submitted by stakeholders as well as Division events.

Preferred Skills: Ability to use Adobe Software Suite (specifically Adobe Illustrator); graphics experience is a plus but not required. 

The selected intern for this placement will further the Divisions social media presence through updates to the Division social media plan, as well as daily social media posts on Division platforms. Intern will do so by understanding primary Division messaging and draft daily posts for our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Track engagement on social media platforms and advise on social media policies for ESF14 (External Affairs) and the Division. Intern will be encouraged to explore new social media options and techniques and work with supervisors to research, update and implement the Divisions social media plan.

Preferred Skills: Utilizing social media in a professional environment; creating organizational plans and policies. Communications experience preferred but not required. 

The selected intern(s) for this placement will assist the State Floodplain Management Office to coordinate with communities across the State of Florida to promote and ensure sound land use development in floodplain areas in order to promote the health and safety of the public, minimize loss of life and reduce economic losses caused by flood damages. Intern will review flood damage prevention ordinances of Florida communities for compliance with National Flood Insurance Program regulations.

Preferred Skills: Knowledge of land use planning and natural hazards planning. 

The selected intern for this placement will gain a better understanding of geospatial terminology, geospatial analytic and data management techniques, cartographic skills and become familiar with various applications used within the GIS unit. Intern will use ArcGIS Desktop 10.3 to edit Division specific datasets and perform various geospatial analytics using a variety of ArcToolbox toolsets to accomplish specific Division projects, as well as, use ArcGIS Online to create web map and web applications to support natural hazard risk assessment projects. Intern will learn how to use FEMAs HAZUS modeling program to run scenario based hurricane and/or flood models.

The selected intern(s) for this placement will quantify and qualify applicable mitigation activities for the grant recipients of HLMP. Intern will determine the viability of each program activity through pricing the construction efforts. Upon completion of the research portion of the project, the HLMP intern will write a comprehensive document to provide a robust variety of options for grant recipients to expend their funding in activities that yield the greatest benefit to their communities. While this is the main project planned for the semester, the intern will also have the opportunity to assist with the following: Update HLMP presentations/training, attend (when available) meetings with stakeholders during business hours and assist with additional research as needed.

The selected interns for this placement will serve as research assistants for the Office of Chief Legal Counsel working under the supervision of our Division attorney. Projects are identified based on students experience/background and interests will vary each semester.

The selected intern(s) for this placement will help the Mitigation Planning Unit with the State Hazard Mitigation Plan. Intern will help organize different sections of the 67 county plans, develop and organize the new state project tracking system and help prepare for and run quarterly meetings with state partners. Some specific project tasks include, but are not limited to inventorying current county plans, gathering and organizing data from plans, conducting quarterly meetings, writing articles for Units quarterly newsletter. Collect, organize and make a report from survey data to be used as an appendix in State Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The selected intern for this placement will prepare and contribute to development and dissemination of the suite of State Meteorological Support Unit reports that determine weather-related threats to the State of Florida from various federal, state, and private meteorological sources. Provide support to the State Emergency Response Team regarding meteorological data through development, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of available weather related data.

Pre-requisites:Must major in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science. Must have completed Synoptic Meteorology 1 and Thermodynamics 1 classes. 

The selected intern for this placement will take emergency management and planning principles learned in the classroom and apply them in a real-world setting. Intern will provide assistance to the Natural Hazards Unit with tasks associated with the units core programs (Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning, Continuity Planning, Hurricane Program and Fuels Planning), as well as non-core programs. Intern will assist with the revision of standard operating guides and job aids for Emergency Support Function 5 (ESF 5) and its associated units and sub-units, other duties as necessary.

Preferred Major: Emergency Management/Homeland Security or comparable.

The selected intern for this placement will assist with updating the 50-mile Ingestion Pathway County Plans. Attend task force meetings, learn calibration of radiological response equipment and be instrumental in the creation of After Action Reports from large-scale exercises or any activations that may occur during the internship. Intern will also have the opportunity to enhance presentation skills during activations and exercises, as they will be required to create and present morning Branch briefing before some 150-200 agency and private industry personnel.

The selected intern for this placement will work on a Community Demographic Aggregation Project to build a repository of data on each county, both physical and digital, that will allow the Individual Assistance section to have a library of demographics for each county.  Intern would be responsible for contacting the property appraisers for all 67 counties to acquire homestead exemption lists, in addition to pulling demographic data from multiple areas.

The selected intern for this placement will work on a Community Demographic Aggregation Project to build a repository of data on each county, both physical and digital, that will allow the Individual Assistance section to have a library of demographics for each county.  Intern would be responsible for contacting the property appraisers for all 67 counties to acquire homestead exemption lists, in addition to pulling demographic data from multiple areas.

The selected intern(s) for this placement will gain an understanding of all-hazard situational awareness in Florida, and utilize the State Emergency Response Team infrastructure to ensure the notification and response of hazards effecting the people of Florida. Interns in this position will receive complete training required of SWO Officers and take emails and/or calls regarding natural, technical and manmade hazards that may have the potential to affect the state of Florida. Interns will learn how to record hazards, monitor communication equipment and will work on a semester long project.

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