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: 


Unpaid Internships: 

City and County of Honolulu - Sustainable & Resilient Communities Intern – This internship position is available in the City and County of Honolulu (“City”) Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (“CCSR”) during the Summer 2019 semester. The intern will work under supervision of the City’s Deputy Chief Resilience Officer between May 20, 2019 and August 23, 2019 (exact dates to be set around school schedule). For the Summer semester only, the unpaid internship can be part-time (20-25 hours per week) or full-time (35-40 hours per week). The internship is open to college undergraduates who have completed at least three years of studies, graduate students, and recent college graduates (within one year of graduation).

CCSR is seeking an energetic, well-organized, and self-motivated intern to assist with office research, analysis, writing projects, and outreach. This is a unique opportunity for college-level or recently graduated students interested in gaining policy experience as they will learn about, and become familiar with, the broad range of programs and initiatives that CCSR is working on. Internship responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis and advice – research public policy issues, assess qualitative and quantitative data, organize and synthesize information, present research concisely and effectively, and make policy recommendations;

  • Participation – attendance at City Council meetings, legislative hearings, and other county, State, and Federal government/agency meetings;

  • Outreach – engage and present to community groups and organizations, City departments, external agencies, and CCSR partners;

  • Constituent engagement – organize constituent inquiries, seek appropriate sources to answer questions, draft written responses, and analyze constituent data.

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.