DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Paid Internship Opportunity – Office of External Affairs
Duration of Internship: May 17 – August 11, 2021
The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) manages and coordinates the District’s unified planning, response, mitigation, and recovery efforts for all disasters, whether natural or man-made, that occur in the District of Columbia.
The Office of Public Affairs is responsible for sharing the Agency’s story through public education, media, training seminars, social media, preparedness events, and community meetings and assists the Executive Office of the Mayor in the coordination of crisis communications during emergencies. Successful candidates will be expected to work in the following capacities:
- Assist with producing content and measure results for the agency’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn);
- Work with HSEMA’s Community Outreach Team to plan and coordinate outreach events for District residents;
- Assist the Office of Public Affairs with research on emergency preparedness communication best practices; and
- Write content for websites and additional emergency preparedness products for public distribution.
HSEMA is looking for highly-skilled graduate students, that are interested in homeland security and emergency management related matters and how these practices protect life and property. In particular, HSEMA is looking for students interested in or majoring in the following fields:
· Homeland Security/Emergency Management
· Public Relations
· Strategic Communications
A. Must be proficient in using digital marketing tools (social media platforms, content management system) and demonstrate ability to offer recommendations based on digital and social media analytics
B. Demonstrated interest in emergency management and homeland security issues
C. Excellent written and oral communications skills required (must be able communicate specific, sometimes complex ideas to supervisors and District residents)
D. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
E. Bilingual or American Sign Language fluent applicants will receive particular consideration
*Interns may be asked to work outside of normal business hours including weekends and holidays
To apply: students must submit their application through our online portal, found by clicking the external application link on Handshake. The deadline to apply is March 7 at 11:59pm.