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Fall 2019 Public Affairs Internship

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The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency is seeking an intern to join the Office of Public Affairs for the Fall 2019 semester. 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. We are seeking students interested in or majoring in the following fields:

·    Communications

·   Homeland Security/Emergency Management

·    Public Relations

·    Marketing

·    Strategic Communications

·    English/Writing


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.


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

students interested in or majoring in the following fields:

  • Communications
  • Homeland Security/Emergency Management
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Communications
  • English/Writing
  • Digital Communications
  • Public Affairs

*Interns may be asked to work outside of normal business hours including weekends and holidays

If your university allows credit for academic internships, HSEMA supervisors are authorized to sign off on and complete any necessary paperwork.
How to Apply: 

Please submit the following information via email: hsema.internship@dc.gov and indicate "Office of Public Affairs Internship" in the email subject line and cover letterThe deadline to apply is August 30, 2019. Applications will NOT be considered for review if they do not include all of the below documents.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample
  • One (1) letter of recommendation on official letterhead from an academic or professional reference
  • Most recent transcript
  • Proof of current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program for Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 (enrollment can be supported by a transcript or an official letter from school administration. It cannot be a letter from a professor.)
    • You may submit a copy of the courses you’re registered for in the fall 2019 semester to meet this requirement. Alternatively, you may submit a screenshot/copy of your online student records if you're able to find your anticipated graduation date listed anywhere.
    • If you are unable to submit either of those, you can submit an official letter from school administration confirming you are currently enrolled in an academic program, you are in good standing, and the inclusion of your anticipated graduation date in place of your course registration schedule.

*To apply, you must be a US citizen. All applications are subject to a background check.


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