CCEMA has internships available for interested students throughout the year.
Interns will have a unique opportunity to apply both classroom and life skills and theories to real-life work situations. This hands-on program is designed to strengthen fundamental emergency management concepts and develop the confidence and skills of the next generation to prepare them for future employment opportunities.
Interns are expected to employ their skills and abilities to contribute to the mission of CCEMA, and projects will align with the academic coursework and interests of the applicant. Example projects may including emergency planning, community outreach, research projects, grant writing, running exercises, developing checklists/user guides, inventory management, creating marketing materials, etc. but remain flexible.
Minimum internship qualifications include current enrollment in a college or university, or a degree. College majors such as emergency management, homeland security, public administration, marketing and related fields are encouraged to apply, but all majors will be considered.
Currently our internships are paid. Interns are required to work mainly in our Windham, Maine office but telework is considered.
To apply for an internship, please visit the Human Resources portion of our website and apply directly there.
If you are interested in learning more about internships with CCEMA, or would like to introduce yourself for a future semester, please fill out this form.
Grant worked as a videographer intern with CCEMA for 3 months, documenting training, exercise, and social media videos. Grant applied the skills he acquired through Southern Maine Community College and a wide variety of experiences. He still does occasional freelance work for CCEMA now that his internship has ended. Most recently, he recorded and edited footage of the Casco Bay Emergency Response Group Exercise in August 2021. Check out our YouTube page to view some of Grant's work!
Emergency Management Intern
Chelsea completed two internships with CCEMA, totaling seven months! In her first internship, Chelsea created social media content, contributed to the draft 2022 Cumberland County Hazard Mitigation Plan, created a menu of CCEMA's deployable resources for county partners, and more! During her second internship, she worked with a municipality on their Emergency Operations Plan and conducted the county's first ever formal Capabilities Assessment and Gap Analysis (CAGA). In the CAGA process, Chelsea chose hazards from the county Threat and Hazard and Identification and Risk Assessment to use as scenarios in three Tabletop Exercises, which she facilitated at different locations around Cumberland County. At those exercises, Chelsea engaged over 40 different agencies, including the American Red Cross, Town/City Managers, Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS personnel, Maine Information Analysis Center, Maine Medical Center, and the FBI. After completing the exercises, she created an After-Action Report, which analyzes the current capabilities and gaps of Cumberland County. Chelsea is now the Training and Exercise Coordinator at CCEMA and will use these materials she created to inform the Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan for the county.
Public Outreach Intern
During Sophie's internship, she was responsible for creating and scheduling our social media content. She was also heavily involved in our public outreach efforts, designing games and flyers to provide to the public. Sophie assisted several municipalities with their outreach activities by creating preparedness flyers tailored to specific towns.