Internship Opportunities with Department of Emergency Management
The Department of Emergency Management offers unpaid graduate and post graduate internship opportunities.
Intern Duties and Responsibilities
The primary duty of the Emergency Management Intern is to provide technical and/or administrative assistance in emergency preparedness and planning projects.
These projects may involve:
- Exercise design and development,
- Geographic Information Services (GIS) and technology management, and
- Public information and outreach.
Duties may also include:
- Assisting staff in the day-to-day operations within the Emergency Management Division office;
- Answering inquiries by phone and through written communications;
- Preparing documents and reports;
- Assisting with research assignments and special projects;
- Attending meetings or community events;
- Filing, faxing, photocopying, etc.
This position is best suited for undergraduates, graduate students studying degrees in: Emergency Management, Public Safety, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, Public Affairs, Communications, Public Relations, Public Policy, History, or related fields. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in working within the field of Emergency Management.
Skills, Training or Qualifications
Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to research information and prepare reports and other correspondence; experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel; reliable, outgoing and able to work independently. Previous office experience preferred. Professional appearance and business attire required.
Minimum 10 - 20 hours per week for 3 or more months. Hours must be scheduled in 3 to 8 hour blocks of time during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M.). Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for the internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.
Benefits Available to Intern
Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment, the position offers students experience in working within a governmental entity. The Emergency Management Division is one of the few assignments within the County that the intern may be exposed to multifaceted government coordination. This assignment also provides an opportunity for students to explore career options, apply academic knowledge and skills to the workplace, gain career skills, build resumes and network with professionals in their fields of interest.
How to Apply
Please complete both pages of the Volunteer Application/Contract. In the Goals section of the application include your interest in volunteering for Emergency Management.
The contract portion of the form is a simple statement of commitment from both the volunteer and the Department. Either party may terminate the contract at any time for any reason. This form must be signed and returned to the Fire and Emergency Services Department:
- Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management
- Attn: Emergency Management - Internship Request
- 2300 County Center Drive, Suite 220B
- Santa Rosa, CA 95403
After your application is reviewed, you will be contacted. If you are accepted as an intern, you will need to schedule time to interview and have your finger prints taken for a background check.