Internship Program


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.

Spring 2019 Application| CLOSED
Summer 2019 Application | due Friday, April 12, 2019 by 5:00 p.m

Spring 2019 Application | CLOSED
Summer 2019 Application | due Friday, April 12, 2019 by 5:00 p.m

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:

Brianne Burkert
Academic Liaison and Internship Coordinator
Florida 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)

Compliance Intern - Regulatory compliance is an essential element of successfully managing the FEMA recovery grant process and both Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and subrecipient compliance is crucial. Interns in the Compliance section would learn valuable skills from our FCCM’s assigned to monitor DEM contractor performance and help develop and execute a subrecipient monitoring plan and program for the Bureau. They would help develop procedures to monitor contractor’s performance and develop new performance measures. Ideal candidates would have course experience in accounting, risk management, assurance and advisory services, public administration, auditing, statistics, law, general business and/or emergency management.

External Affairs Intern (2) - The selected interns for this placement will further the Division’s social media presence by updating the social media plan and creating daily posts for the Division’s twitter and Facebook accounts. Interns will be encouraged to explore new social media options and techniques and work with supervisors to research, update and implement the Division’s social media plan. The interns will also further the Division’s public education and outreach program through redesign of materials and participation in outreach events. Interns will field and fulfill outreach materials requests from stakeholders, participate in outreach events and research new opportunities. Preferred skills are communications training or experience, experience with social media in a professional setting, and/or public outreach coordination experience.

ESF 6-Mass Care Intern - The selected intern for this placement will receive in-depth instruction regarding the profession of mass care and the purpose, goals, objectives, functions, responsibilities, etc. While updating and creating mass care documents, the intern will also have the opportunity to participate in unique training sessions and exercises. Intern will be expected to fully interact with the curriculum and provide their input and opinions. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated, possess time management skills, communication skills, and a positive attitude.

Human Services Branch Intern - Each county in Florida has unique circumstances as it relates to meeting the basic life-sustaining needs for people and their pets. Currently, the SERT utilizes county CEMPs, the State Shelter Plan, forecasts, and other broad sources of information to predict needs. The selected intern for this placement will work in coordination with ESF 6 (Mass Care), ESF 11 (Food and Water), ESF 15 (Volunteers and Donations), ESF 17 (Animal and Agriculture), DEM Plans, the Counties, and the Human Services Branch. The intern will work on a semester long project of developing profiles that provide details on county capabilities as it pertains to meeting basic life-sustaining needs for those impacted by a disaster and utilized in the development of action plans.

Infrastructure ESF 12- Fuels Intern - The selected intern for this placement will work on an emergency fuel plan for each county to build a repository of data on each county, by gathering and organizing data to create a report. While this is the main project planned for the semester, the intern will also have the opportunity to assist with other intern areas. The intern would also be invited to work any activations.

Infrastructure Hurricane Shelter Program Intern - The selected intern for this placement will learn to identify risk shelters in the State of Florida. The intern will participate in data management required for the 2020 State Emergency Shelter Plan (SESP) document, participate in producing the document, and participate in the grant ranking process for the awarding of funds for shelter retrofitting. The intern will complete basic FEMA professional development courses, train on WebEOC, and shadow one additional area of interest. The intern will attend at least one in the field experience with shelter planning. The intern would also be invited to work any activations.

Meteorology Intern - 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.

Mitigation Planning Unit - The selected intern for this placement would help guide the Mitigation Outreach Subcommittee of Mitigate FL and use the ideas of the subcommittee and his/her own ideas to develop the strategy/work plan. They will be provided with ample resources to complete this project of developing an outreach strategy. Intern should have experience in communications and/or outreach planning in a communications-type major.

Shelter Project Facilitator Intern - The Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program (HLMP) and Hurricane Shelter Retrofit Program are offering a uniquely collaborative opportunity during this year’s Summer Internship Program. In an effort to increase the number of hurricane shelters in the state of Florida, the selected intern will work closely with HLMP and the Shelter Retrofit Program to curate a list of potential projects and conduct outreach to generate interest with cities, counties, and school boards. The ideal candidate should have experience or interest in marketing and/or public outreach. Exceptional communication skills are a must. While this is the main project planned for the semester, the intern will also have the opportunity to assist with presentations and trainings, attend (when available) meetings with stakeholders during business hours, and assist with additional research and marketing as needed.

Special Projects, Plans and Training Intern - The Recovery Bureau continues to map current and developing processes in order to provide transparency into the “business” that is recovery grants. As these business processes are mapped, gaps and deficiencies are uncovered and corrective actions are developed as a result. This may involve developing plans and job aides that help explain tasks and workflows and develop training to better explain how to navigate the grant management process. Ideal candidates would have course experience in marketing, public administration, organizational behavior, general business, and/or emergency management.

State Watch Office (SWO) Intern - The selected intern 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.

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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