Internship Program

Photo of team coordination excercise around a conference table at the Emergency Operations Center, including interns.

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 region. 

Since its inception in February 2009, nearly 100 highly qualified undergraduate students, graduate students, 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: Planning & Resilience, Innovation & Development, Community Preparedness & Engagement, or Operations & Training.  (For details of each division's responsibilities, see About EMD.


Recruitment for the Internship Program opens approximately three times a year.

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