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)

Intern Supervisor:

Amy Godsey/Taylor Cheney

Internship Objective/Job Description:

  • Provide technical expertise in Adobe Captivate, Adobe Photoshop, or other video editing software to assist in the development of infographics and/or instructional videos for SWO and AHIMT Program.
  • Assist in developing short job aids/videos related to specific tasks in the SWO/AHIMT Program.
  • Attend trainings and meetings related to programming in order to understand material and develop skills within the field.
  • Opportunity to train/work in the State Watch Office as an intern/operator.

Job Duties:

  • Completion of instructional videos and info graphics
    • For External Stakeholders (counties, agencies, SERT Partners, etc.)
    • For Internal Stakeholders (trainings for operators and users within agency/program)
      • In-house trainings (for operators: interactive vs. informative)
      • AHIMT Program tools (application process, PTB Submission process, review process, etc.)

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Familiarity with Adobe products (Captivate, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Experience with video shooting/editing
  • Interest in Emergency Management (no classes/experience required)

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

  • Image and video editing experience required

Desired Majors:

  • Open to all

Travel:

  • Not at this time

Intern Supervisor:

Conn Cole, State NFIP Coordinator/State Floodplain Manager

Internship Objective/Job Description:

The State Floodplain Management Office (SFMO) promotes and ensures 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. The SFMO serves as the State Coordinating Agency for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to work with Florida’s 468 NFIP-participating communities to aid in administering their local flood damage prevention regulations. An internship with the SFMO provides an opportunity to learn about the profession of floodplain managers who have national, state, and local professional groups. Should a position become available in the program office, the intern may have a competitive edge among applicants for a position with the SFMO.

Job Duties:

  • May have the opportunity to obtain certification with the national Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).
  • Assist staff members in preparing and conducting field assessments for Community Assistance Visits.
  • Assist in community outreach during the RiskMAP process. The SFMO works with communities to ensure that new flood insurance risk maps are accurate and that communities provide the new maps to the public.
  • May assist SFMO in conducting research and preparing and/or updating important outreach materials for distribution among NFIP-participating communities.
  • Collect, evaluate, organize and analyze technical data.
  • May track proposed legislation and/or new State and Federal laws and prepare executive summaries.
  • Perform special projects as assigned, including but not limited to research and written products related to applicant’s previous academic or professional experience.

Desired Skills/Experience:

Knowledge of the NFIP. Knowledge of land-use planning, building codes and enforcement, flood hazard mapping methodologies, communication mechanisms, or post-disaster recovery. Knowledge of English grammar, punctuation and spelling; ability to convey information clearly in writing. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Working knowledge of computer software including word processing, spreadsheet and email systems.

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

Review SFMO Quick Guide, FEMA F-084 “Answers to Questions About the NFIP”, FEMA IS-322 “Flood Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff”, FEMA IS-1100.A “Increased Cost of Compliance”

 

Desired Majors:

Open to all. Many staff members who have come to work in this office have a degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Science, Business Administration, and Public Administration.

Travel:

 The intern will have the opportunity to assist State staff in conducting field assessments, depending on intern’s availability. Overnight travel will not be required.

 

Intern Supervisor:

Samantha Bequer, Communications Director

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 best social media practices, the importance of crisis communication in a disaster, how to write concisely for different audiences and emergency management. This position provides support to entire Communications and External Affairs office.

Job Duties:

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 weekly 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, Assists with the production of the Division’s external newsletter, Take notes of Governor’s and the Division’s press conferences, Other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills/Experience:

Proficient in using Microsoft Word, Publisher and PowerPoint, 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:

Graphic Design, Communications, Public Relations/Advertising, Journalism, Writing or other related fields.

Travel:

 Some, if an event is held locally and during the intern’s pre-scheduled hours. This could include visiting nearby EOCs, visiting the Capitol, staffing external engagements, etc.

Intern Supervisor:

Michael Spagnolo/ Amy Godsey

Internship Objective/Job Description:

This position will introduce meteorology students to the emergency management field. Students will learn how weather analysis and forecasting integrate into emergency management and impact-based decision support services. Students will experience the day-to-day functions of the State Meteorological Support Unit by helping write, edit, and produce forecast information for the Division, the State Emergency Response Team, and our partners. Students will also be able to learn about and observe the functions of the State Watch Office. Students will have the opportunity to participate in any special projects, trainings, or exercises during their tenure.

Job Duties:

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. Prepare and present at least 1 weather briefing for Division and SERT staff using data gathered from all pertinent sources. Participate in workshops, trainings, and other related meetings as assigned. Complete the following 9 FEMA Independent Study courses: IS-120, IS-200, IS-235, IS-242, IS-247, IS-393, IS-700, IS-800, and IS-2200. Complete the following 7 MetED/COMET modules: “Rip Currents: Forecasting,” “Weather Radar Fundamentals,” “Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk,” “Synoptic Considerations: Forecasting Fog and Low Stratus,” “QPF Verification: Challenges and Tools,” “Space Weather Basics,” and “Communicating Forecast Uncertainty.” Independently perform special assignments related to meteorological topics as directed.

Desired Skills/Experience:

Junior or senior undergraduate student or graduate student

Training/Prerequisites required or recommended:

Required: at least one basic weather forecasting class completed; Recommended: enrolled in or completed at least one meteorology dynamics course, enrolled in or completed an emergency management course, IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800

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

Meteorology or Atmospheric Sciences

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