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Internship Program

About IDHS Internships

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 Emergency Response and Recovery.
  • 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.

Internship Areas

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

  • Response: 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: 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: 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 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: 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.

Applications are also being accepted for those interested in data analysis, information technology and search and rescue.

Application Form

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.

Apply for IDHS internship

If you have any questions, please contact internships@dhs.in.gov.