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Internship Program

Spring 2018 Intern Cohort

About HSEMA's Program

Thank you for your expressed interest in HSEMA’s Internship Program. I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we do not send notices that submitted applications were complete and accepted. It’s up to the students to ensure all required documents are included in their application at the time of submission.

With that being said, as I am sure you are aware, we are in the middle of the District’s response to COVID-19. At this time, we are still evaluating the summer internship program. We have been monitoring the internship inbox and did receive your email inquiring about the status of the program moving forward.

We are hoping to have a decision on where the program stands by April 13; but as this response is a fluid situation, that timeline may be adjusted. When a decision is made, you will be notified.

Thank you for your interest in the program. I highly encourage you to review the District’s COVID-19 website, coronavirus.dc.gov, for the latest information on the District’s response and recovery efforts. It will also give you an idea of the work we our agency is responsible for in this type of situation.


HSEMA's internship program provides real-world knowledge and experience in emergency management, homeland security efforts, and intelligence analysis. Our internship program seeks qualified graduate and undergraduate students who are majoring in a wide-variety of fields. A highly qualified applicant will possess the following: self-motivation, attention to detail, critical thinking skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Internship Opportunities

The HSEMA Internship Program is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2020 Session, which begins in Mid-May and concludes in Mid-August. HSEMA is proud to offer internship opportunities with six (6) different divisions. Within select divisions, there is more than one opportunity. You will find additional details about the bureaus by clicking on the division or office of interest to you. Please send any questions regarding the internship program to [email protected]The application process closes on March 9, 2020 at 11:59PM. 

Internship Eligibility and Requirements

HSEMA is looking for candidates who are:

  • Undergraduates (juniors or seniors will be given preference) or graduate students 
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at a U.S. college or university
  • Enrolled in courses at the time of the internship. Students applying to the summer session must be enrolled in classes for the summer or fall 2020 semesters.

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


Submit the following documents via email to [email protected] and include the division or office you are applying to in the subject line. Applications that do not include each of the following items WILL be rejected. 

  • Cover letter indicating the division/office you are applying to
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (any sample of your choosing, max 5 pages)
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from an academic or professional reference
  • Copy of most recent transcript
  • Proof of enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program - this must be supported by an official transcript or letter from school administration that includes student's expected graduation date OR a copy of student's class schedule for summer or fall 2020 semester

Table describing the application process for HSEMA's internship program.