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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 2018 Internship Application Deadline | CLOSED

Summer 2018 Application | Due April 13, 2018

2017 FDEM Interns

Congratulations to our Fall 2017 interns for their contributions to the Division and a successful internship. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the field of emergency management!


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

Internship Periods

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)

Internship Expectations

All participants are expected to intern for a minimum of 15 hours a week for the entire term of the program. Specific schedules will vary according to the position.

The FDEM Internship Program is an unpaid program. However, we offer college credit for participation in this investment toward your future.


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, 800 and 230.d
These free online trainings can be found at: http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all

Internship Positions

Internship positions vary each semester based on Division staff project needs. For a listing of currently advertised internship positions for Fall 2017 click here.

Application Process

Spring 2018 Internship Application Deadline | CLOSED

Summer 2018 Application | Due April 13, 2018

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:

Carla Juarez
Academic Liaison and Internship Coordinator
Florida Division of Emergency Management

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.

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