Internship Opportunities

Paid Internships: MCLEAPs Emergency Management

Description of the project scope & intended outcomes:

Selected intern will be part of the Planning and Communication section of MCDEM. Selected intern may be tasked with reviewing and updating existing (Maricopa Co and jurisdictional) Emergency Operation Plans, Continuity of Operations Plans (Maricopa Co and jurisdictional). Assist in flood control exercise planning to include development of scenario, injects and master scenario events listing and facilitation of both planning meetings and exercises. Interns will have the opportunity to gain Emergency Operation Center experience by supporting MCDEM staff during emergencies, training sessions, exercises and real world activations. Interns will also complete a variety of industry related training courses developed by FEMA, DEMA and regional partners.

Specific Projects:

  • Review of flood control emergency action plans and departmental response SOP’s, identify discrepancies and provide recommended updates
  • Jurisdiction/County EOP
  • Familiarization with CPG 101
  • Review of county EOP, identify format and content issues and provide recommended updates.
  • Conduct two jurisdictional EOP reviews, identify format and content issues and provide recommended updates.
  • Familiarization with current COOP standards
  • Conduct review of MCDEM COOP, identify format and content issues and provide recommended updates.
  • Table Top Exercises for Internal/External Partner
  • Complete all required HSEEP documentation including AAR/IP
  • Develop and conduct on All-Hazard EOC training

Candidate preferences: (competencies, academic disciplines, and skill sets)

Only Emergency Management majors will be considered. Preference is for graduate students in the Emergency Management master's degree program, with senior level Emergency Management bachelor's students also considered. Below is a list of desired, but not necessarily required competencies and skill sets:

  • Course work and/or Bachelor's degree in Emergency Management, Homeland Security or a closely related field.
  • ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800
  • FEMA Professional Development Series (PDS) certificate
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Work individually with minimum supervision or as a team member

Ready to Apply: 


Paid Fellowship: Horizon Institute for Public Service
(AI and Biosecurity)

If you're interested in a DC-based job tackling tough problems at the intersection of biosecurity, emerging technology, and national security, consider applying to the Horizon fellowship

What do you get? 
The fellowship program will fund and facilitate placements for 1-2 years in full-time US policy roles at executive branch offices, Congressional offices, and think tanks in Washington, DC. 
Past placements include the various biosecurity-focused Congressional and Executive Offices, the Center for Health Security, and more. It also includes ten weeks of remote, part time policy-focused training, mentorship, and an access to an extended network of emerging tech policy professionals. 

Who is it for?
The fellowship has opportunities for both entry-level and mid-career roles, and for both people with and without policy experience. Training is remote, so current undergraduate and graduate school students graduating by summer 2024 are eligible to apply. 
You must have the right to work in the US without employee sponsorship (such as being a US citizen or on OPT), be able to relocate to Washington DC, and have a demonstrated interest in emerging technology.  

Want to learn more? Check out the Horizon fellowship website and apply by Sept 15th! 


Unpaid Internships: 

Arizona Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster has recently designed the below internship position. This internship would be hosted at the America Red Cross and the internship would be unpaid. Thanks so much and good progressing your career!!!!

For questions/information: Contact Beth (

To apply: send Letter/statement of interest and resume to 

Training (18 hours 33 minutes)

Complete training to prepare for engaging with social media platforms and community partners, including:

  • Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview (1 hour) – American Red Cross
  • Mobilize the Community Overview (15 minutes) – American Red Cross
  • Partner Engagement Essentials (1 hour) – American Red Cross
  • Multi-Agency Resource Center Basics (45 minutes) – American Red Cross
  • Recovery Fundamentals (2 hours, 15 minutes) – American Red Cross
  • Everyone Ready: Connecting Social Media and Volunteering (1 hour, 8 minutes) –
  • IS-288.A: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management (10 hours) – FEMA Independent Study
  • Long-Term Recovery Guide (Review Document: 2 hours) – National VOAD

Coordination with Voluntary Organizations (90 hours)

  • Develop a resource guide comprised of government, non-profit and faith-based organizations with programs to support disaster recovery efforts statewide. This project will require identification of potential organizations and phone interviews with organizations to determine availability of resources and process for accessing assistance. 
  • A successful project will require coordination with recovery stakeholders representing the American Red Cross and local COADs to ensure the final product is an appropriate resource for the end user. 

AZ VOAD Social Media & Marketing (26 hours)

  • Research opportunities to volunteer with at least 3 Arizona VOAD member organizations for a 2-4 hours each.
  • Create a social media post highlighting the work of each chosen organization.
  • Updated membership list with current social media handles (when he reaches out to members for the resource project, he could collect social media information as well). 
  • Updated current Facebook and Twitter followings for AZVOAD pages to include all current members and “like minded” organizations.
  • Survey COAD’s (can be through survey monkey or touchpoints) on what posts/information they would like to see on the AZVOAD social media channels. 

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