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’ 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.

If you have questions, please contact

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 submitted on-line, delivered in person or postmarked by Friday, April 19, 2019.

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

If submitting application digitally, PDF 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 application submissions must be time stamped or postmarked by Friday, April 19, 2019.
Interviews begin the week of May 28, 2019.
The internship orientation is held on Monday, June 17, 2019.
The internship completion ceremony and celebration is scheduled for Friday, August 23, 2019.

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 California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to the principles of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in both employment and in the delivery of services. Cal OES is committed to ensuring that the work environment of its employees, applicants, volunteers, grant subrecipients, and contractors are free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, regardless of age (over 40), ancestry, color, religious creed, denial of FMLA, disability (mental or physical), marital status, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression 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’ Summer Intern Program is not a guarantee of future employment with Cal OES.


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

Equal Employment Opportunity Contact
Cal OES EEO Office,

Program Areas

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.

Response Support Operations Division

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, the 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. Also responsible for coordinating the Operational Readiness Teams; CalEOC design, development, and implementation; and Emergency Functions and external partner integration into California’s emergency management system.

California 9-1-1 Emergency Communications

Provides oversight of the 9-1-1 system used by California’s first responders and 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.

Geographic Information Systems Division (GIS)

Cal OES GIS is tasked with providing GIS support to incident response & recovery operations and daily operations. Develop map, app, and mobile products to enhance situation awareness and support decision-making during emergency management operations. Provide GIS and data analysis expertise. Develop map & app products to support planning, mitigation, response, and recovery daily operations.

California State Warning Center (CSWC)

The central information hub for statewide emergency communications and notifications. Serves as a highly reliable and accurate “one-stop” resource for emergency management, law enforcement, and key decision making personnel throughout the State. Receives, coordinates, verifies and disseminates information pertaining to events occurring in California or that could affect California.

Policy Office

Works collaboratively to advance Cal-OES' mission by engaging with all branches of local, state and federal government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other related stakeholders. Monitors state and federal legislative activities that could potentially affect all aspects of public safety including but not limited to law enforcement, fire and rescue, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and all areas relating to Homeland Security, including terrorism, trafficking and cybersecurity.

Dam Emergency Action Planning Division

In June 2017, Senate Bill 92 created the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Dam Emergency Action Planning Division, as a result of the Oroville Spillway Incident. The division is responsible for reviewing and approving dam owners’ Emergency Action Plans (EAP). This process includes division outreach and technical assistance to dam owners and local emergency management personnel, as well as coordinating closely with the Division of Safety of Dams, Department of Water Resources. The Cal OES Dam Emergency Action Planning Division may also provide guidance to local public safety agencies with regard to incorporating EAPs into their existing all-hazards key response and mitigation plans.

California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC)

The Cal-CSIC was established by Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-34-15 in 2015 and is collocated with the State Threat Assessment Center (STAC). The Cal-CSIC’s primary mission is to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyber incidents that could damage California’s economy, its critical infrastructure, or public and private sector computer networks. The Cal-CSIC is governed by four core agencies: California Highway Patrol, Cal OES, California Department of Technology and California Information Security Office, and the California Military Department.

Hazard Mitigation Planning Division

The hazard mitigation planning division coordinates plan reviews and technical assistance to local jurisdictions statewide; authors and manages the State Hazard Mitigation Plan, to include all involved OES office and programs as well as external state and federal agencies, tribes, and non-profits; and also manages the climate adaptation planning program within the planning and preparedness directorate.

Public Safety Communications (PSC) Training Unit

PSC Training – responsible for developing, coordinating, and providing training opportunities for Public Safety Communications engineering, technical, and administrative staff. Role includes documenting, maintaining and tracking licensing and credentials requirements for PSC professional staff.  Training is provided by using in-house subject matter experts and contracted resources.
PSC Standard Operating Procedures/Forms – responsible for facilitating, documenting Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for Public Safety Communications, including project/program processes and work flows, administrative processes and work flows, and engineering and technical standards. The PSC Standard Operating Procedures are documented in the Telecommunications Division Manual (TDM).

California Earthquake Early Warning

Office of Public Information

Disaster Recovery Operations

Accounting and Purchasing



All majors are encouraged to apply. 


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