Emergency Management and Security

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8AM-4:30PM M-F
571-350-1000 TTY 711
4890 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Seamus Mooney

Internship Program


Application deadline - TBD

The Fairfax County Department of Emergency Management and Security will update the fall internship application information soon.

Please read the following information about the internship and complete the application. Note that DEMS will not be offering a summer internship for 2024.

*Please have your resume, essay, and transcript ready when you do the application. You will upload these attachments at the end of the application.


What Are We Looking For?

The primary duty of the emergency management intern will be to provide technical and administrative assistance on emergency management projects. These projects may involve exercise design and development, preparing incident action plans, editing critical emergency management documents, and conducting public information and outreach. Duties may also include assisting staff with day-to-day operations in DEMS, researching assignments and special projects, working in the Emergency Operations Center, and attending meetings or community events that may occur outside normal work hours.

The emergency management internship with Fairfax County DEMS provides an opportunity for students or recent graduates to explore career options, apply academic knowledge and skills to the workplace, gain career skills, build resumes and network with emergency management professionals throughout the National Capital Region. While working in DEMS, interns will:

  • Complete National Incident Management System (NIMS) training and the Professional Development Series through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Complete at least one community outreach or engagement activity.
  • Participate in at least one planning activity.
  • Attend regional emergency management meetings and network with other state and federal emergency management and homeland security professionals.
  • Prepare for and/or participate in at least one exercise (tabletop, functional, or full-scale).
  • Work toward the Virginia Emergency Management Association’s (VEMA) Emergency Management Assistant Certification (EMA).
  • Learn about the role of local government as it relates to state, regional and federal partners.
  • Gain real world experience with public safety.

The ideal candidate will work independently and be detail-oriented while possessing excellent writing skills to prepare reports, oral communication skills to talk with Fairfax County residents, an independent work style and analytical research skills. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel is preferred. Graphic and web design experience is a plus. Previous office experience is preferred but not required.

This position is best suited for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates with a background in emergency management, homeland security, public safety, public administration, or related fields. The ideal candidate will possess a strong interest in the field of emergency management. Candidates must possess a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be considered.

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