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​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.

Want to be part of the action this summer? We are accepting applications now until Friday, April 6, 2020. Check our Northern California summer internships page for more information!

​Summer Internship Program in Los Alamitos

The Response Operations - Southern Region 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.

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please reach out to Deputy Regional Administrator Dan Weiss at More information will be posted in April 2020, and intern interviews will be held in May 2020. 

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.

If you have any specific questions regarding this opportunity, please send an email to with "RE STAC 2020 Summer Internship" in the email subject line.

​Year-round Internship Program

We currently do not have any internship openings. However, if there’s a program area you’re interested in, email us at with a completed STD 678 indicating “Cal OES Intern” as the job title. We will do our best to help coordinate a potential internship opportunity.

​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

Internship opportunities are unpaid.


If you have any questions regarding the internships programs, please contact


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