City of Seattle Emergency Management Intern Opportunity

Check out the types of duties they have listed.

No matter where you are living and going to school, it would be worth taking a look at this internship opportunity. Not because you will apply — especially if you live and go to school in another state — but, you will get an idea for what types of duties you might expect to have as an intern for another agency.

Note, you are not saving the world, but doing meaningful duties for the organization to maintain operational readiness, which can be no small matter. I do think the GPA requirement is a bit underwhelming. Not that 4.0 would make you the perfect candidate, but...really, 2.0?

Lastly, I find it interesting that for the city of Seattle, which touts that it is all about equity and social justice, that they do not address this in their announcement or that they are seeking candidates who have a minority status, are multilingual, etc. It would be an opportunity to give those in that population an opportunity to get some real-world experience and some jingle in their pockets. 

Not that it is apples to apples, but in 1991 when I started working at the state of Washington Emergency Management Division, my pay was $17.50 an hour. I was happy at that pay rate. 

 CITY OF SEATTLE--City Light

Emergency Management Intern

SALARY:

$17.84 - $17.84 Hourly

LOCATION:

Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington

JOB TYPE:

College Intern

SHIFT:

Day

DEPARTMENT:

Seattle City Light

BARGAINING UNIT:

Not represented

CLOSING DATE

03/09/21 04:00 PM Pacific Time

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

At Seattle City Light, we power Seattle. As a municipally owned utility, public service is at the core of our mission. We are dedicated to delivering customers affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electricity services. City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship and strives to fulfill its mission in a socially responsible manner.

Emergency Management a group within the FSEM division is responsible for planning, conducting exercises, training and evaluation of Emergency Management plans at all levels of the organization.  

The Emergency Management Intern’s role will be responsible for assisting the Emergency Management advisor in maintain an accurate filing system, along with maintaining the ICS credentialing certifications, and lastly help monitor/maintain equipment in the DOC.  

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

During this internship, the intern will be specifically responsible for:

  • Maintain the emergency management filing system 
  • Help maintain SCL credentialing system  
  • Help maintain and monitor equipment in the DOC
This internship will benefit the student through the following learning objectives:

  • Professional development in Emergency Management
  • Emergency Management network exposure
  • Hands on experience inside of an Emergency Operations Center
QUALIFICATIONS:

This position is open to sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students (as of the start of the internship) studying Emergency Management or a related field.    
 
Undergraduate students must possess at least a 2.0 GPA at the time of application and throughout the internship. The student must be enrolled in accredited college courses, with a part-time or full-time course load, leading to a degree or certificate relevant to the internship. 

Desired Qualifications:  Experience or coursework using Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Excel and other Microsoft Suite programs.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Internship Duration and Hours:
The time frame of the internship will be May /June 2021 to June 2022. The candidate must be available to work 40 hours/week during the summer and up to 20 hours/week when classes are in session. Work hours will be flexible to accommodate the intern's academic schedule.
 
 To complete your application, submit the online form with the following attachments:

 •        Your unofficial transcript - including current coursework, next term registration (if available at the time of application), and cumulative GPA
 •        Resume
 •        Cover letter explaining how your coursework, activities, and experience qualify you for this internship
 Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  

 Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history review.
 
 Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: http://www.seattle.gov/light/.   

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.