Northern California Summer Internships

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Disclaimer: Cal OES recognizes the constantly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the need to mitigate the spread. Due to the complexity of the situation, we may have to cancel or postpone the 2020 summer intern program. We will continue to monitor the situation and will inform applicants of changes if the decision to cancel or postpone is made.

​About Our Program

Ensuring a future for all Californians

The California 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’s 10-week summer intern 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.

​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.


Internships are located in Mather, CA unless noted otherwise.

How to Apply

Applicants will need to submit a Standard State Application (STD 678) and separate statement of purpose.

In the “Explanations” box of the STD 678, please indicate three program areas you are most interested in interning with, 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 "​Participating Program Areas by Directorates" below.

For application guidance, please refer to the Summer Intern Application Guide.

The application and statement of purpose must be submitted by e-mail to, delivered in person, or postmarked by Monday, April 6, 2020.

​Statement of Purpose

Tell Us:

  • What do you hope to learn and/or accomplish as a Cal OES Summer Intern? 

  • What experience, skills, and insight can you contribute to the workplace? 

  • Why you are applying for the three program areas you selected?

Minimum Length: 1 page. No maximum length.

Formatting Guidelines: Century Gothic, 12pt font, line spacing double-spaced. No photos.

Submitting Your Application Packet

If submitting your application packet digitally, then PDF documents are preferred. Completed application packets 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 application submissions must be time stamped or postmarked by Monday, April 6, 2020.
The internship orientation is held on Monday, June 15, 2020.
The internship completion ceremony and celebration is scheduled for Friday, August 21, 2020.

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 at

​Participating Program Areas by Directorates

Office of the Director

  • Public Information & Media Relations

    Provides the media and public with information about Cal OES, its programs, policies, and projects. Conducts Cal OES's disaster preparedness campaign and other public events, as well as provides comprehensive crisis communication training. Manages the Joint Information Center during large-scale emergencies.

Planning, Preparedness & Prevention

  • State Mitigation Planning and Local Mitigation Planning

    Responsible for a comprehensive local and state planning program. Mitigation requires the coordinated effort and participation of a wide range of stakeholders and the public in the planning process. Hazard mitigation is the cornerstone of every communities approach to reducing vulnerability to disasters. Hazard mitigation is the only phase of emergency management specifically dedicated to breaking the cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. 

  • Dam Safety Planning

    Reviews and facilitates approval of state jurisdictional dam Emergency Action Plans. The Division works closely with California’s Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams (responsible for approving the inundation maps). In the case of a dam emergency, the Dam Safety Planning Division and Division of Safety of Dams partner with dam owners to ensure that proper notifications and actions are taken to safeguard lives, property, and the environment.

  • Disaster Planning

    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

  • Response Support Operations

    Coordinates and supports critical emergency response activities including State Operations Center activations. Coordinates resources, supports Regional Emergency Operations Centers, 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, as well as Emergency Functions and external partner integration into California’s emergency management system.

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    Provides GIS support to incident response & recovery operations and daily operations. Develops map, app, and mobile products to enhance situation awareness and support decision-making during emergency management operations. Provides GIS and data analysis expertise. Develops map & app products to support planning, mitigation, response, and recovery daily operations.

Recovery Operations

  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance

    Administers federal grant programs that assist local, state, and tribal entities with the development of hazard mitigation plans, and projects that reduce risk from future natural hazard events and disasters. Works to reduce community vulnerability to disasters and reduce response and recovery resource requirements in the wake of a disaster. Successful hazard mitigation results in a safer community that is less reliant on external financial assistance. Examples of funded grant projects include retrofitting schools to resist damage from earthquakes, hazardous fuels reduction to prevent wildfire, and upsizing culverts and storm drains to prevent flooding.

Logistics Management

  • 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.

    Note: This position is located in Sacramento with free parking. Travel to Mather offices for trainings/meetings may be necessary.

  • Education & Documentation

    Develops, coordinates, and provides training opportunities for Public Safety Communications engineering, technical, and administrative staff. Documents, maintains, and tracks licensing and credentials requirements for PSC professional staff. The Unit also facilitates and documents Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for Public Safety Communications, including project/program processes and work flows, administrative processes and work flows, and engineering and technical standards.

    Note: This position is located in Sacramento with free parking. Travel to Mather offices for trainings/meetings may be necessary.

Finance & Administration

  • Human Resources

    Processes payroll, benefits, leave accounting, employee conduct and discipline, classification analysis and exams, in addition to advising management and employees on a range of other personnel-related matters.

  • Accounting

    Processes all invoices for payment, processing travel claims, providing travel advances, setting up and monitoring of expenditure tables, and submitting all required financial reports to the federal government. The Division also completes and submits the Annual Financial Statements to the State Controller's Office.

  • Local and Disaster Assistance

    Responsible for financial management of state and federal grants related to homeland security, public safety and victim services, and disaster assistance. The Branch also processes invoices for payments to sub-grantees.

  • Talent Development

    Develops, implements, and maintains the Cal OES Workforce and Succession Plans. Monitors the implementation of a number of short-term and long-term talent management strategies that align with Cal OES's goals and objectives. Administers, collects, and analyzes survey data, such as the New Employee Entrance and Exit surveys, to improve the integrated approach to talent management, employee engagement, recruitment and selection, workforce and succession planning programs, and professional and leadership development opportunities and programs for Cal OES. Provides training coordination, facilitation, and delivery for a number of Administrative Services programs.

​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.

​Equal Opportunity Employer

Cal OES is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to the principles of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in both employment and in the delivery of services. Cal OES is committed to ensuring that the work environment of its employees, applicants, volunteers, grant subrecipients, and contractors are free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, regardless of age (over 40), ancestry, color, religious creed, denial of FMLA, disability (mental or physical), marital status, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression 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.



Questions regarding the program may be e-mailed to

Equal Employment Opportunity

Questions regarding reasonable accommodations to


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