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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

Project Tasks:
1. Successfully complete all required SWO Operations Officer training.
2. Receive emails and phone calls regarding natural, technical, and manmade hazards that are impacting or have the potential to impact the state of Florida.
3. Record hazards into a database, generate a report, and send the report to the appropriate responding agency.
4. Monitor Emergency Management communication equipment; namely EMNet, NAWAS, and Satellite Radios.
5. With the assistance of Watch Office personnel, develop and complete a semester long project for the betterment of the Watch Office.


1. Ability to work in a team setting.
2. Ability to multi-task and prioritize competing tasks.
3. Ability to communicate via telephone and email clearly and concisely.
4. Comfortability with computers and online data-entry.
5. Basic knowledge of Emergency Management principles is preferred.

Paid Internship Info:



15 hours/week



Start Date:


End Date:

, 05/05/2017

government  safety  officer   
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