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State Floodplain Management Intern

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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

State Floodplain Management Intern | 1 opening |Location: Tallahassee, FL
The State Floodplain Management Intern will work in the State Floodplain Management Office (SFMO) to assist in coordination with communities across the State of Florida. The State Floodplain Management Program promotes and ensures sound land use development in floodplain areas in order to promote the health and safety of the public, minimize loss of life, and reduce economic losses caused by flood damages. The Program serves as the State Coordinating Agency of the National Flood Insurance Program to work with Floridas municipalities and counties to administer their local flood damage prevention regulations.

Project Tasks:
1. Opportunity to learn about the profession of floodplain managers who have national, state and local professional groups and certification with the National Association of State Floodplain Managers.
2. Review flood damage prevention ordinances of Florida communities for compliance with National Flood Insurance Program regulations.
3. Assist staff members in preparation for Community Assistance Visits.
4. Attend floodplain management coordination and training meetings as schedules permit.
5. Assist in community outreach during the RiskMAP process. FEMA updates flood insurance risk maps periodically and the SFMO works with communities to ensure the new maps are accurate and that communities provide the new maps to the public.


Preferred Degrees: Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, Emergency Management or Environmental Studies

Paid Internship Info:



15 hours/week



Start Date:


End Date:

, 05/05/2017

Additional Info:
For additional information please contact:
Carla Juarez
Academic Liaison and Internship Coordinator
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Carla.Juarez@em.myflorida.com | 850-212-5285
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