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Public Affairs Internship - Summer 2019 (May - August)

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Paid Internship Opportunity – Office of Public Affairs

Duration of Internship: May 28, 2019 - August 16, 2019

Compensation: Stipend

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.

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:


·    Communications

·   Homeland Security/Emergency Management

·    Public Relations

·    Marketing

·    Strategic Communications

·    English/Writing


As an intern you will have the opportunity to work for a dynamic agency that is nationally-recognized as a leader in homeland security and emergency management practices.

Position With: Office of Public Affairs


Description of Opportunity

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.




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



2720 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE Washington, DC 20032

How to Apply: 

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, one (1) writing sample (max. eight (8) pages) and one (1) letter of recommendation to indicating the particular Internship Opportunity being applied for in the email subject line by March 7, 2019. 

NOTE: Applicants must be US citizens and are subject to a background check  

DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency


Rebekah Mena