Emergency Management Intern

Internship Position Description

Position Title:

Emergency Management Intern - Orange County Sheriff-Coroner   (unpaid internship)

Background investigations for this position take two - three months to process.

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:

Orange County Sheriff-Coroner's Department
Emergency Management Division
2644 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676

Functions of Agency/Department:

The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department is a modern, progressive law enforcement agency dedicated to protecting the peace and enhancing the quality of life for everyone in the County of Orange.

The Emergency Management Division provides emergency management and preparedness services to the Orange County Operational Area. There are currently 114 members in the Operational Area (OA) encompassing all County departments and agencies, public and private organizations and the general population within the boundaries of Orange County. The Orange County Board of Supervisors has designated the Sheriff-Coroner Department as the lead agency in matters of emergency preparedness and disaster response. The County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is located at Loma Ridge and is maintained in a constant state of readiness by the Emergency Management Division in the event EOC activation is required to support an emergency response within Orange County, or surrounding Counties.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

The primary duty of the Emergency Management Intern will be to provide technical and/or administrative assistance in emergency preparedness and planning projects. These projects may involve exercise design and development, Geographic Information Services (GIS) and technology management, and public information and outreach. Duties may also include assisting staff in the day-to-day operations within the Emergency Management Division office; answering inquiries by phone and through written communications; preparing documents and reports; assisting with research assignments and special projects; attending meetings or community events; filing, faxing, photocopying, etc.

Educational Requirements:

This position is best suited for undergraduates, graduate students or recent graduates with backgrounds in: Emergency Management, Public Safety, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, Public Affairs, Communications, Public Relations, Public Policy, History, or related fields. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in working within the field of Emergency Management.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to research information and prepare reports and other correspondence; experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel; reliable, outgoing and able to work independently. Previous office experience preferred. Professional appearance and business attire required.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 15 - 20 hours per week for 3 or more months (6 months preferred). Hours must be scheduled in 3- to 8-hour blocks of time during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for the internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern:

Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment, the position offers students or recent graduates experience in working within a large governmental entity. The Emergency Management Division provides exposure to many different aspects of legislative relations, as staff coordinate daily with local, state and federal governmental agencies as a part of routine operations. The Emergency Management Division is one of the few assignments within the County that the intern may be exposed to a multi-faceted government coordination. This assignment also provides an opportunity for students to explore career options, apply academic knowledge and skills to the workplace, gain career skills, build resumes and network with professionals in their fields of interest.

Required Background Investigation:

Background investigations that can take two – three months to process will be conducted on applicants who have successfully interviewed for the internship and wish to pursue placement.

The background investigation will include a pre-screen interview, background interview and Livescan fingerprinting.

The following documents will be completed by qualified applicants during the background investigation:

  • Civilian Intern Personal History form (includes employment history & arrest record)
  • Notarized Authorization to Release Information form

As part of the background investigation, applicants will be required to provide three references along with original copies of the following documents:

  • Birth certificate or if applicable, naturalization certificate/resident card (passport is not accepted)
  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • High school & college official transcripts (must be sealed)
  • Proof of current automobile insurance coverage  
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