Internship Program

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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 at an agency near you please contact our Internship Coordinator.

The internship program acceptance is on a rolling basis and will close when all internship positions are filled.

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
  • Resume

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
internships@em.myflorida.com 

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

Phone Interview
After all applications are reviewed, top candidates will be contacted for an initial phone interview with the Internship Coordinator.

In-Person Interview
After completion of phone interviews, the Internship Coordinator will narrow down candidates and schedule an in-person interview for final candidates with program staff and Internship Coordinator at our offices.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Internship Position: State Floodplain Management Office Intern

 

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.

Internship Position: State Floodplain Management Office Intern

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.

Internship Position: Communications and External Affairs Intern

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.

Internship Position: Meteorology Intern

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

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: http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all

Internship positions vary each semester based on Division staff project needs. For a listing of previously advertised internship positions click here.

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