Internship Program

The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Internship Program offers a highly competitive opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain hands-on experience in emergency planning, emergency operations, communications, and community preparedness in the nation’s second largest city. In addition to highly substantive and meaningful projects, interns gain in-depth knowledge of the field by completing formal training courses, participating in exercises, providing support to incident and event management, and networking with emergency managers across the nation. 

Since its inception in February 2009, more than 70 highly qualified undergraduate students, graduate students, master degree graduates, PhD candidates, and professionals have participated in EMD's Emergency Management Internship Program. Interns work for a minimum of ten weeks, though several interns have remained active in the Internship Program for over a year.




Emergency Management Intern


$19.58 per hour or course credit per higher education institution


20 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks, June 26 through September 15, 2017


Interns will receive hands-on experience, as they will be fully integrated into the Department and will be assigned projects related to emergency management. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activations; work with representatives from various City of Los Angeles departments, business partners, and non-profit organizations; and will have access to City hosted emergency management training and related meetings as available. Interns will prepare reports, research, recommendations, and correspondence on behalf of EMD.


All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Enrolled in or recently completed an undergraduate or graduate degree, preferably in emergency management, homeland security, public administration, public health, or a related field
  • Strong interest in emergency management or public service
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to work independently and with minimal supervision, detail-oriented, ability to strategize and solve complex problems
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications

    Applications are due by June 2, 2017

    To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

    Crystal Chambers, Program Coordinator: Crystal.Chambers @

    Include “Internship Application” in the subject line of your email.