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.

Interns are assigned to one of four divisions at EMD:

Operational Readiness ensures that the Emergency Operations Center is fully functional and ready to activate in an emergency at a moment’s notice. This includes coordination of processes and procedures, implementation and maintenance of technology, and management of complex systems such as GIS mapping, public emergency alerting, and EOC facilities and security.

Training & Exercise develops trainings and exercises to ensure emergency responders in the field and at the EOC are ready to coordinate and support emergency response. ​​

Planning maintains the City's Emergency Operations Plans, coordinates Department Emergency Plans, and consults on department Standard Operating Procedures.

Community Preparedness & Engagement works with our communities, engaging with neighborhoods and neighborhoods to prepare Los Angeles for emergencies and disasters. The division uses the Ready Your LA Neighborhood program to ensure Angelenos will be able to help each other after disasters.

Recruitment for the Internship Program opens approximately three times a year. Recruitment is currently OPEN until filled.

If you are interested in becoming an intern with EMD,  complete the Internship Interest Form and we will contact you when recruitment opens again.