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.

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 delivered in person or postmarked by Friday, April 6, 2018. If applying via e-mail, the application and statement of purpose must be sent by Sunday, April 8, 2018.

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, 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 paper submissions must be time stamped or postmarked by Friday, April 6, 2018.
All e-mailed submissions must be sent by Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Interviews begin the week of April 23, 2018.
The internship orientation is held on Monday, June 4, 2018.
The internship completion ceremony and celebration is scheduled for Monday, August 13, 2018.

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’ 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
Michelle Haley / 916-845-8454 or

Program Areas

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. Works to ensure that Cal OES is able to technologically adapt to meet current business requirements. 

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 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, 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.

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.

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.

Public Safety Communications, Microwave Branch:

Responsible for the design, installation, maintenance and repair of the statewide microwave network and public safety radio communications systems used by the State’s first responders on a 24 hours/7 days a week/365 days a year basis. Ensures that quality telecommunications services and commodities are provided to all state agencies in the most cost-effective, efficient, and timely manner possible. Works to maximize the use of state resources, including the consolidation and joint use of telecommunications systems and services where operationally, technically, and economically feasible.

Public Safety Communications, Client Engineering

Responsible for the design and implementation of client agencies’ public safety radio communications systems. Ensures that quality telecommunications services are provided to all state agencies in the most cost-effective, efficient, and timely manner possible. Works to maximize the use of state resources, including the consolidation and joint use of telecommunications systems and services where operationally, technically, and economically feasible.

Geographic Information Systems

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.

nternational Affairs Unit

Responsible for coordinating international delegation visits with Cal OES Executive Directors, other state agencies and other subject matter experts regarding emergency management, drought, and wildfires. This unit participates on the California Mexico Border Relations Council, the California Chile Council and works with the Office of Foreign Mission in the State Department and the Consular Core, as well as other countries in providing assistance with disaster aid. This unit also negotiates and develops MOUs with other countries on emergency management and homeland security.

Dam Emergency Action Planning Division –  Mitigation and Dam Safety Branch

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.


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