The Broward County Emergency Management Division’s Internship Program offers a highly competitive opportunity for college level students and recent graduates to gain hands-on experience in such fields as emergency management, public administration, emergency planning, emergency operations, communications, and community preparedness in Florida’s second most populous County. Since its inception, highly qualified students and professionals have participated in Broward’s EMD Emergency Management Internship Program and have successfully obtained positions in emergency management and homeland security offices throughout the Country.
Interns will garner in-depth information in emergency management’s five mission areas: prevention, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation. In addition to highly substantive and meaningful projects, interns gain in-depth knowledge of the field by completing formal training courses, participating in exercises, providing support to real-world incident and event management, and networking with emergency managers across the Region, State, and Nation.
The internship experience should be one that strengthens an area(s) where the intern is lacking in real-world experience and knowledge. Students who intern with the Emergency Management Division (BEMD) will be able to use the experience to build resumes, gain valuable experience in homeland security and emergency management principles, and gain entry into the emergency management / public administration field.
The Broward Emergency Management Division is seeking individuals from multiple disciplines and diverse areas of interest such as the following to name a few:
Communications, Community Preparedness, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Fire Rescue, Homeland Security, Journalism, Law Enforcement, Multi-Media Planning, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Media, and Sociology.
The following projects may be offered / assigned to the intern to help the student gain a better understanding of emergency management and public administration:
- Attend training and education programs provided by the emergency management community within Region 7 (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties);
- Design, develop, and/or conduct exercises in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for multiple agencies and jurisdictions;
- Assist BEMD staff in coordinating activities related to Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) and/or 5-Star programs for Broward County;
- Assist emergency management personnel in responding to emergencies and disasters throughout the County;
- Research of potential programs for the office in one or more of emergency management’s five mission areas: prevention, protection, response, recovery, and/or mitigation;
- Assist emergency management personnel in the development of special event activities to build “Community Outreach and Awareness” in the County;
- Assist emergency management personnel in the development of public awareness materials and programs;
- Create after action reports (AAR) for exercises using Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP);
- Participate in and provide input on regional and county response plans and committees;
- Participate in all forms of exercises throughout the county and region to build knowledge in emergency management;
- Work with mitigation specialists to develop project list for vulnerable properties and assist with updating the county’s Enhanced Local Mitigation Strategy;
- Work with BEMD’s Continuity of Operations (COOP) specialist to review, evaluate, and test County and municipal COOP plans;
- Assist BEMD with building and strengthening public-private partnerships and assist in whole community planning;
- The completion of FEMA’s Professional Development Series (PDS) courses, pursue completion of the Advanced Professional Series (APS), as well as, the completion of the ICS-300/ICS-400 courses.
To qualify for an internship program slot, please apply by sending an email that will include a cover letter, your resume, a writing sample, and the Internship Package to Richard Allen, Intern Program Coordinator. Include “Internship Application” in the subject of your email. Feel free to contact him should you have any questions or need clarification on any aspect of the program or package.
- A current or recent college level student.
- Be in good academic standing with an accredited institution.
- Ability to pass a Broward County background check.
- Required to work for a minimum of 12 weeks (3 months), though interns can remain active in the Internship Program for over a year.
- Ability to work a weekly work schedule averaging 20 hours a week (schedule designed to fit the intern’s educational workload and the Emergency Management Division’s need)
Complete Intern Program Package
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