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Agency Overview

Agency Overview

Agency Overview

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) leads Indiana's emergency planning and operations, first responder training and fire and building safety.

  • The Division of Fire and Building Safety (within IDHS) oversees building code enforcement, fire investigations and hazmat and radiation programs. It also certifies and trains thousands of first responders each year.
  • The Emergency Management and Preparedness Division works with local and national partners on emergency planning, preparedness and response, including the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), which leads response and coordination efforts for large-magnitude incidents.
  • The agency also administers state- and federal-funded grant programs.

Learn more about IDHS on the Agency Overview page.

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Search and apply for for IDHS job openings, create a profile, set up alerts and save jobs you are interested in on the Work for Indiana website. The State of Indiana offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans and generous paid time off. Additional information can be found at State Employee Benefits Overview.

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IDHS Featured Openings

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Fire and Building Inspector
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Inspects buildings and structures.

Hazmat Specialist
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Serves as CBRNE emergency responder.

Elevator/Amusement Ride Inspector
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Inspects elevators, escalators and amusement rides.

Fire and Building Inspector
Men looking at site plans

Inspects buildings and structures.

Hazmat Specialist
Now hiring message

Serves as CBRNE emergency responder.

Elevator/Amusement Ride Inspector
Man using flashlight with now-hiring message

Inspects elevators, escalators and amusement rides in the field.

Fire and Building Inspector
Men looking at site plans

Inspects buildings and structures.

Hazmat Specialist
Now hiring message

Serves as CBRNE emergency responder.

Elevator/Amusement Ride Inspector
Man using flashlight with now-hiring message

Inspects elevators, escalators and amusement rides in the field.

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IDHS Internships

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IDHS accepts internship applications year-round. Preference is given to students who will receive internship credit as part of their educational process.

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

  • Response: Primarily responsible for the coordination of resources during an incident, this section is looking for individuals interested in learning about background and preparatory tasks necessary to support logistics and operations roles during times of disaster.
  • Recovery: 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: 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: This section 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: 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.
  • Other: Applications are also being accepted for those interested in data analysis, information technology and search and rescue.
  • Response: Primarily responsible for the coordination of resources during an incident, this section is looking for individuals interested in learning about background and preparatory tasks necessary to support logistics and operations roles during times of disaster.
  • Recovery: 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: 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: This section 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: 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.
  • Other: Applications are also being accepted for those interested in data analysis, information technology and search and rescue.

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IDHS internships are located primarily at the Indiana Government Center in downtown Indianapolis.
Note: Resume 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.

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