Internship Overview and Benefits

Student Internship Program Overview:

One of the more frequent questions, from persons aspiring to become full time emergency managers, is how do I gain the experience necessary to qualify for career positions in the emergency management profession? Most full time emergency management jobs have some level of direct emergency management experience. Usually 1 to 3 years of that experience must be directly related the field such as working in an emergency management office at the local, state or federal level.

One way Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management tries to help current college students and recent graduates gain work experience is through the Emergency Management Internship Program. We offer both paid and un-paid Internship Programs. Students in both graduate and undergraduate levels may qualify for this program. Recent college graduates will be considered.

Internship Benefits:

The emergency management internship program with Dallas County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) provides an opportunity for students or recent graduates to explore career options, apply academic knowledge and skills to the workplace, gain career skills, build resumes and network with emergency management professionals throughout the North Texas Metroplex. While working in HSEM, interns will:

  • Complete National Incident Management System (NIMS) training and the Professional Development Series through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Complete at least one community outreach or engagement activity.
  • Participate in at least one planning activity.
  • Attend regional emergency management meetings and network with other state and federal emergency management and homeland security professionals.
  • Prepare for and/or participate in at least one exercise (tabletop, functional, or full-scale).
  • Work toward the Texas Emergency Management Association's (TEM) Emergency Management Assistant Certification (EMA).
  • Learn about the role of local government as it relates to state, regional and federal partners.
  • Gain real world experience with public safety.