Cal OES Summer Intern Program

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Ensuring a future for all Californians

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is dedicated to protecting lives and property, building capabilities, and supporting our communities for a resilient California. We establish partnerships. We monitor threats. We develop disaster plans. We teach people how to prepare for disasters. We build and maintain critical communications infrastructure. We support communities affected by disasters, assist with recovery efforts, and so much more. This is the growing field of emergency management!

Want a front-row seat to the action?

Cal OES’s 10-week summer internship program is designed to provide participants with an in-depth introduction to the world of emergency management, and insights into the State’s civil service hiring and career planning process.

See our Internship brochure.

Who May Apply

Individuals who are at least 18 years old with a desire to learn about Cal OES and are able to work between 20 and 40 hours per week.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must be able to work at least 20 hours per week through the duration of the internship program.

How to Apply

Applicants will need to submit a Standard State Application (STD 678) and separate statement of purpose. In the “Explanations” box, please indicate three program areas you are most interested in interning, and rank them on a scale of one to three with one being the most preferred area and three being the least preferred area. For information about the various program areas offered, please see the Program Areas below.

The application and statement of purpose must be e-mailed, delivered in person, or postmarked by Monday, April 24, 2017.

Statement of Purpose: Tell us: What do you hope to gain from Cal OES during this internship? [t2]
Minimum Length: 1 page. No maximum length.
Formatting Guidelines: Times New Roman, 12pt font, line spacing double-spaced. No photos.

If submitting application digitally, MS Word document preferred.
Completed applications may be submitted by e-mail to


Completed applications may be mailed or delivered in person (during normal business hours) to:
ATTN: Summer Internship Program / HR Dept.
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
3650 Schriever Ave.
Mather, CA 95655

All submissions must be time stamped or postmarked by Monday, April 24, 2017.
Interview process will begin Monday, May 22, 2017.
Program kicks-off Monday, June 5, 2017.
Program completion ceremony scheduled for Monday, August 14, 2017.

Applicants who require a reasonable accommodation for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations when contacted to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the Equal Employment Opportunity contact listed on this job posting.

​Program Area Descriptions

For information about the various program areas offered, please see the Program Areas below.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.
It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.


Additional Information

This is a non-testing classification, therefore anyone meeting the minimum qualifications listed on the classification specification may apply for this position. Individuals who are, or have been, a dependent child in foster care, a homeless youth, or a formerly incarcerated youth as defined by Government Code section 18220 are encouraged to apply and will be given priority. If you are applying under this eligibility status, please note on your application your eligibility by stating “preference under Government Code section 18220”.

Please note that the Cal OES Summer Intern Program is an unpaid internship opportunity.  Additionally, participation in Cal OES’s Summer Intern Program is not a guarantee of future employment with Cal OES


Questions regarding the program or application may be e-mailed to

Applicants may also call the Cal OES Human Resources Department at (916) 845-8321.

Equal Employment Opportunity Contact
Nicole Holm / 916-845-8454 or


Instructions: Choose 3 program areas.
You will rotate every 3 weeks during the 9-week period.

  1.  Contracts: The Cal OES Contracts Unit is housed under the Procurement & Logistical Services Section and is a fun and exciting place to learn the world of processing State-government contracts. Interns would be responsible for editing Statements of Work, drafting solicitation documents, generating weekly reports, filing, and other clerical duties as required

    Positions Available: 1 Position
  2. Logistics Management Directorate: The Logistics Management Directorate provides mission and organizational support across four areas: Disaster Logistics Planning and Coordination, Procurement and Logistical Services, Information Technology, and Public Safety Communications.

    Positions Available: 1 Position
  3. Office of Access and Functional Needs: The Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) identifies the needs of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during and after disasters and then integrates them into the State's emergency management systems.

    OAFN utilizes a whole community approach by offering training and guidance to emergency managers and planners, disability advocates and other service providers responsible for planning for, responding to and helping communities recover from disasters.

    Positions Available: 1 Position
  4. Administrative Services: Provides administrative policies and procedures as well as advice, service, and support needed to manage Cal OES employees and external customers. Administers a wide array of services, including fiscal management and accounting services, budget and federal grant analysis, human resources, and labor relations.

    Positions Available: 9 Positions
  5. Policy: Directly engages with Cal OES subject matter experts, as well as local, State, and federal agencies and associations, and external partners in support of Cal OES strategic initiatives. Analyzes and assesses implications of state and federal policy, legislation, regulations, etc. as they relate to homeland security and emergency management, among other areas, within Cal OES and the State. Provides strategic support for a variety of Cal OES advisory committees and task forces, including the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

    Positions Available: 1 Position


Instructions: Choose 1 program area.
There will be no rotation.

  1. Information Technology (IT): Provides all necessary Cal OES information technology (IT) systems including enterprise applications, desktop and mobile PCs, mobile and desk phones. Provides email, remote access, network printing, Cal EOC, file sharing, and web services to the public, partners, and staff. Cal OES is a fast moving environment that must adapt technologies to current business requirements.
    We are looking for a student intern to participate in providing assistance with reviewing all IT Assets and ensuring they are properly entered into the Service Desk software for asset accountability.

    Positions Available: 1 Position
  2. Planning & Preparedness: Develops and maintains all-hazards emergency plans and guidance, administers the Standardized Emergency Management System Maintenance System, coordinates the State’s activities in the federal National Incident Management System, and provides technical assistance in radiological-nuclear and homeland security areas. Also develops and maintains the State Emergency Plan and its annexes, and assists local and state agencies in developing their own emergency preparedness and response plans.

    Positions Available: 3 Positions
  3. Response Operations Branch
    Coordinates and supports critical emergency response activities including State Operations Center (SOC) activations. Coordinates resources, supports Regional Emergency Operations Centers (REOCs), Business and Utilities Operations Center, Executive Duty Officer Program; and oversees the use of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact which allows the sharing and receiving of emergency resources throughout the nation.
    In addition, Response Operations coordinates the Operational Readiness Teams; CalEOC design, development, and implementation; and Emergency Functions and external partner integration into California’s emergency management system.

    Positions Available: 4 Positions (Teams of 2)
  4. Recovery Infrastructure – Public Assistance
    Administers state and federal Public Assistance programs, such as the California Disaster Assistance Act, Fire Management Assistance Grants, and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, which provide disaster- related financial assistance for emergency protective measures, debris removal, permanent restoration of public facilities and infrastructure, and certain mitigation measures.

    Positions Available: 1 Position
  5. California 9-1-1 Emergency Communications: Provides oversight of the 9-1-1 system used by California’s first responders citizens, which serves over 38 million residents and visitors in 58 counties. Provides administration and funding for equipment and network services related to the routing and answering of 9-1-1 calls handled by approximately 452 police, fire, and emergency medical dispatch centers, also known as Public Safety Answering Points.

    Positions Available: 4 Positions
  6. State Threat Assessment Center (STAC): The California State Threat Assessment Center (STAC) is the centerpiece of the State's information sharing environment (ISE), and provides for the State's subsequent ability to maintain situational awareness over its broad threat domains in an effort to prevent and mitigate the threats against the lives and property of its citizens. The STAC provides strategic intelligence analysis to statewide leadership, policy makers and private sector partners. The analysis is focused on the terrorist and extremist threats to the public, critical infrastructure, and key resources; and criminal threats to the public welfare from drug trafficking organizations, human smugglers and traffickers, and street gangs.

    Positions Available: 1 Position
  7. California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC): California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC) is responsible for strengthening the state's cybersecurity strategy and improving inter-agency, cross-sector coordination to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyber-attacks. Cal-CSIC works closely with the California State Threat Assessment System and the U.S Department of Homeland Security and facilitates more integrated information sharing and communication with local, state and federal agencies, tribal governments, utilities and other service providers, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.

    Positions Available: 1 Position


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