Internship Opportunities

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​​Virginia Beach Office of Emergency Management is pleased to offer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in homeland security / emergency management / public policy / public administration fields of study from an accredited school, university or college.

We have projects and initiatives that are applicable for undergraduate and /or graduate students, based on experience, interest and Citywide priorities.

 Application Information

​Virginia Beach Office of Emergency Management is pleased to offer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in homeland security / emergency management / public policy / public administration fields of study from an accredited school, university or college.
We have projects and initiatives that are applicable for undergraduate and /or graduate students, based on experience, interest and Citywide priorities.

Internship Program Objectives

  • To apply academic course work to a hands-on practical experience
  • To problem solve in a work environment
  • To exchange ideas with professionals in the field
  • To gain pride and appreciation in the field
  • To expose you to projects and opportunities that will provide practical experience for future job opportunities and which support and contribute to the Virginia Beach Office of Emergency Management initiatives
  • To expose you to national and state organizations which provide opportunities for professional development and career enhancement

Deadlines for Application

Applications for Internships must be received at least four (4) weeks prior to the start of the academic term for which the intern is applying for credit. Applications are accepted for Fall, Spring and Summer terms.

Application Form, transcript and Letter of Interest must be emailed to Bradley Killenbeck at BKillenbeck@vbgov.com​.

 Procedures and Guidelines

​Process

  • ​Student must submit application and supporting documentation for internship by required deadlines.
  • Interview will be conducted upon receipt of application and documentation (phone interviews are provided, if necessary).
  • Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be to the student in writing within thirty days of the interview by the Internship Coordinator.

Working Hours / Environment

  • ​This internship requires participation in a standard office environment, including meetings, teleconferences, and workgroups. Interns must be able to be physically in the office for at least 50% of the required hours, unless otherwise approved by the Director of Emergency Management.
  • This internship is unpaid.
  • Interns may be asked to work outside of normal business hours for special events or during a disaster response when the Emergency Operations Center is activated.

Potential Duties and Assignments

This internship program is designed to provide the student opportunities for skill development in the areas of emergency management and disaster planning. As such, potential duties may vary slightly as initiatives progress or additional priorities are designated by City Leadership.

Duties may also vary depending on the length of internship and credits awarded.

  • Provide technical and/or administrative assistance in emergency preparedness and planning projects, including Emergency Operations Plan, Recovery Plan and COOP
  • Provide technical and/or administrative assistance in mitigation activities and initiatives including severe repetitive loss properties and FEMA FMA grants
  • Analyzes and reviews program and project requirements to ensure conformance with city policies, codes and departmental goals and standards; performs duties as assigned by the departmental management staff to assist with strategic planning and on-going operations.
  • Conducts research on existing programs and benchmark analysis using applicable information & resources; compiles results and recommends policy and program revisions, as needed.
  • Gathers and analyzes data, develops spreadsheet for cost/benefit analysis; provides recommendations based on project or program goals.
  • Conducts project-related market and demographic research and analysis using the internet and other information sources to collect and disseminate statistical data related to a specific request; maintains informational databases

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • At least a 3.0 GPA in field of study

Additional Benefits

Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment, the position offers students experience in working within a large governmental entity. The Office of Emergency Management provides exposure to many different aspects of local, state and federal governmental agencies as a part of routine operations. It is one of the few assignments within the City 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.

Dress Code

A professional appearance and business casual attire is required in office settings. Closed toe and closed heel shoes are required in the Emergency Operations Center.

Code of Conduct

Interns are expected to:
  • Adhere to City work hours and all City policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to City polices governing the observation of confidentiality and the handling of confidential information.
  • Assume personal and professional responsibility for his/her actions and activities.
  • Maintain professional relationships with City employees, City residents, etc.​
  • Relate and apply knowledge acquired in the academic setting to the professional setting.
  • Be consistent and punctual in the submission of all work assignments.

City of Virginia Beach Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status or disabled veterans' status.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes, per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.​

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