Cal OES Internship Programs

Administrative Services

​Summer Internship Program in Mather and Sacramento

Our 10-week program typically runs between June and August each year in the Mather and Sacramento area. The 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 process.

Cal OES interns from 2017 to 2019.

Our interns are introduced to various Cal OES programs areas, as well as a handful of partner agencies. We aim to have our interns leave our program with a better idea of whether emergency management and/or civil service is the route for them.

We are currently accepting intern applicants for 2022. Please check our Northern California summer internships page for more details.

​Summer Internship Program in Los Alamitos

The Response Operations - Southern Region typically holds a 10-week program that runs between June and August each year in the Orange County area. The program is designed to provide participants with an in-depth introduction to the world of emergency management, emergency response, preparedness, and mitigation.

Southern Region team on tour at the Disneyland Emergency Operations Center.

Through Regional Emergency Operations Center activations, field deployments, training sessions, weekly workgroups, and tours of public and private agencies that employ emergency management staff, we aim to provide a foundation and unique experiences for our interns and guide them on a career path in emergency management.

Unfortunately, the 2021 Los Alamitos summer internship program has been canceled. Please check back in 2022 for the next opportunity.

STAC Summer Internship Program in Mather

The State Threat Assessment Center (STAC) is California’s state fusion center, and serves as the primary homeland security clearinghouse for the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor. As such, the STAC helps shape and support the state’s Homeland Security strategy through statewide analytic intelligence products, threat briefings, critical incident support, information-sharing, and more.

A STAC Homeland Security Intern will train as a “junior intelligence analyst,” supporting a variety of dynamic homeland security missions at the direction of the Internship Program Manager (IPM). The intern will conduct a variety of daily duties such as research, writing intelligence products, open source news roundups, and some administrative duties. Areas of focus for the intern include terrorism, border security, criminal gangs, illicit drugs, and others. The intern will write analytical products supporting California’s homeland security mission. Interns will benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of STAC staff and its partners – such as local and state law enforcement, and federal agencies such as the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the FBI, and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

Anissa Muñoz and Hannah Schultz with STAC Deputy Commander Mike McCarthy

Some program highlights may include: exposure to facets of the State Homeland Security and preparedness mission; interact with senior government officials and various government agencies; receive training and career development opportunities; have the opportunity to earn college credits, gain valuable work experience, and brief STAC and Homeland Security officials on the work they did over the course of the internship. STAC interns are successful - all of our interns who have completed the program advanced to their respective "next levels" - whether academic or professional. Successful STAC interns boast improved critical thinking, reading, writing, and presentation skills, leaving the program with a sense of personal and professional accomplishment.

The 2021 Cal OES Homeland Security Division Internship Program will be running from August 2 through October 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted between June 20 and July 20, 2021. For more information on how to apply, see the program's flyer announcement.

​General Information

Who May Apply

Individuals who are at least 18 years old with a desire to learn about Cal OES and are able to work at least 20 hours per week through the duration of the internship program.

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 prior to appointment, individuals claiming preference under one of these categories will be required to furnish documentation establishing their eligibility.

Internship opportunities are unpaid. Additionally, participation in a Cal OES internship is not a guarantee of future employment with Cal OES.


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