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Internship Program

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) accepts internship applications year round. However, there are a limited number of internships each semester. Preference is given to students who will receive internship credit as part of their educational process.

IDHS focuses on two major areas:

  • Emergency management and preparedness: This portion of the agency’s mission includes the Division of Response and Recovery, as well as the Division of Planning and Assessment, Training and Preparedness.
  • Public safety: The Division of Fire and Building Safety primarily is responsible for this mission and includes the State Fire Marshal and State Building Commissioner.

Currently, the following areas of the agency are accepting applications for interns:

  • Response Branch: Primarily responsible for the coordination of resources during an incident, this branch is looking for individuals interested in learning about background and preparatory tasks necessary to support logistics and operations roles during times of disaster.
  • Recovery Branch: This branch works with local stakeholders who are in the process of recovering from or working to limit the impacts of disasters across the state. Projects available are primarily research-based.
  • Planning Branch: Responsible for developing state-level plans for response to different emergencies and disasters that might occur in Indiana. Qualified students would have an interest in research and writing, as well as emergency management.
  • Exercise Branch: This branch allows first responders to exercise their skills and prepare for incident response. Project available involve assisting in exercise design, development of standard operating procedures and exercise templates, as well as management of exercise asset inventory. Qualified candidates will be a public safety student with an interest in preparedness, emergency management and homeland security.
  • Fire Investigations: Qualified students will have an interest in data-mining, research and investigation. Students would fill an office-focused role supporting fire investigators in the field.
  • Hazmat and Radiation Section: This section assists local responders with hazardous materials and radiological questions, investigations and transportation certification. Hazardous materials and/or radiation-related knowledge is preferable. Projects primarily will be focused on research and writing.
  • Public Affairs: This section serves all of IDHS and assists in developing content for publications and the web, addressing media questions, writing press releases and articles, etc. Qualified candidates will have a working knowledge of Associated Press Style.

IDHS internships primarily are located at the Indiana Government Center in downtown Indianapolis.
Individuals interested in applying for an internship are asked to submit the following to internships@dhs.in.gov:

  • Resume: Please include current major, minor and expected graduation date. Work and volunteer experience, as well as any classes, certifications or education that may be appropriate should also be included. This information is used to determine time-management capabilities and real-world experience, even if the experience is not within the intern’s planned career field.
  • Cover Letter: Please provide desired placement and student learning goals for the internship.
  • Time Frame: Please specific the desired semester (summer, fall or spring) as well as approximate date range for the internship
  • Any applicable school requirements for credit-based internships, including minimum/maximum hours.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at internships@dhs.in.gov, or at 317-234-6713.