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Emergency Management
Hazard Mitigation Planning Intern

Internship Position Description

Position Title:

Emergency Management - Hazard Mitigation Planning 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
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 over 100 jurisdictions 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.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

The primary duty of the hazard mitigation planning intern will be to assist EMD personnel in revising the County of Orange and Orange County Operational Area Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The process of developing and adopting a community hazard mitigation plan is a foundational element of local emergency management.  The intern will learn the underlying regulatory basis of hazard mitigation plans, research best practices, and work under the direction of a Senior Emergency Management Program Coordinator on revising the plan.

The intern is encouraged to provide innovative ideas on how to undertake the underlying elements of hazard mitigation planning.  An opportunity exists for the intern to establish long-term positive relationships with multiple government agencies and disciplines and learn how government planning and emergency management organizations function.

Educational Requirements:

This position is best suited for undergraduates, graduate students or recent graduates with backgrounds in: Emergency Management, Urban Planning, Environmental Engineering, Public Safety, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, Fire Science, Public Policy, or related fields.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

Excellent written and oral communication skills; detail oriented, able to analyze and manipulate large amounts of data, experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel; reliable, outgoing and able to work independently. Previous office experience preferred, but is not required. Professional appearance and business attire is required for this internship position.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 10 hours per week over one semester or quarter. Interns can extend their internship up to 12 months if needed/desired. Hours must be scheduled during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 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 or include employee benefits, internships with the Sheriff-Coroner’s Department offers students with experience in working within a large government entity. Hazard Mitigation Plans are revised on a 5-year cycle, which makes this is a unique opportunity for an intern to actively learn about and participate in the cycle of analyzing community hazards, garnering community input, coordinating inter-agency planning meetings, and seeking approval from multiple government authorities.

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 includes a 20 - 30-minute pre-screen interview. The pre-screen interview for out-of-state applicants can be conducted by phone. An additional three-hour in-person interview and Livescan fingerprinting are also required. 
Location for pre-screen and in-person background interviews:
Orange County Sheriff's Department Background Unit 
320 N Flower Street, Santa Ana CA, 92702

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

  • Civilian 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 five references along with original copies of the following documents:

  • Birth certificate (original or certified copy) or if applicable, naturalization certificate/resident card (Passport is not accepted.)
  • Valid, state-issued driver’s license or ID
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of current automobile liability insurance coverage, listing applicant as an insured driver
  • Official college transcript(s) (Required for applicants who have completed their degree(s) and must be submitted in a sealed/unopened envelope.)

How to Apply:

Students will need to email a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and complete the Supplemental Information Form to

The Supplemental Form can be located here as a WORD file or a PDF file

Additional information on the application process can be accessed using the link below.

    Internship Application Process Questions