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Company/Organization: Florida Division of Emergency Management


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.

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

Recurring semester activities include:
- Regularly scheduled Lunch and Learns with emergency management
professional guest speakers
- FEMA Region IV Tour in Thomasville, GA
- Leon County Emergency Operations Center Tour in Tallahassee, FL
- Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross Tour in Tallahassee, FL

GIS Intern | 1 opening | Location: Tallahassee, FL
This internship will provide a better understanding of geospatial terminology, geospatial analytic and data management techniques, cartographic skills, and allow student to become familiar with various applications used within the GIS Unit.

Project Tasks:
1. Use ArcGIS Desktop 10.3 to edit Division specific datasets and perform various geospatial analytics using a variety of ArcToolbox toolsets to accomplish specific Division projects.
2. Use ArcGIS Online to create web map and web applications to support natural hazard risk assessment projects.
3. Learn how to use FEMA’s HAZUS modeling program to run scenario based hurricane and/or flood models.
4. Assist GIS staff in fulfilling map requests for the Division.
5. Complete FEMA Independent Study courses that will introduce the applicant to the FEMA Incident Command Structure and also the FEMA Geospatial Concept-of- Operations (GeoCONOPS).


Experience with ArcGIS Desktop 10+ which includes a familiarity working in ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox. Experience working with ArcGIS Online, Python, and HAZUS-MH is a plus, but not required.

Paid Internship Info:



15 hours/week


Spring semester

Start Date:

January 9, 2017

End Date:

, May 5, 2017

December 1, 2016
Additional Info:
For more information please contact:
Carla Juarez
Academic Liaison and Internship Coordinator
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard Tallahassee, FL 32399
carla.juarez@em.myflorida.com | (850) 212-5285
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