Disaster Management Intern

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Central Florida Disaster Services
Orlando Executive Airport
Orlando, FL
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 3 Part-time, Unpaid

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CFDS is seeking motivated individuals interested in acquiring knowledge and valuable work experience in disaster preparedness. This is a great opportunity for an ambitious individual with self-initiative, critical thinking, and good administrative skills looking to get basic experience in the preparedness end of emergency preparedness and disaster management. Interns will work on a variety of projects that may include community outreach, planning for client meetings on emergency preparedness, working in the logistical warehouse with disaster medical equipment, and/or research on a variety of related issues. We will encourage all interns to write a memo or paper on their experience, the results of their work, and any suggestions they have for improving the intern experience. CFDS is a non-profit corporation which sponsors SMRT-5 who’s under the scope and responsibilities of Florida's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), the SMRS mission is to design, develop, and maintain a State capability to deliver quality medical surge care to the victims of - and responders to - a Florida disaster, as well as the ability to provide response to other states through EMAC, without impacting capacity within Florida.

Our current need is for interns to work in our warehouse which houses most of the disaster equipment for Central Florida. Interns will work with surge capabilities and Special Needs Shelter equipment.


This is an unpaid internship position but may fit the requirements for college credit. Internships may be full or part-time. Work hours are flexible to meet the needs of students and CFDS. The ideal candidates will be currently enrolled in a Degree program in a related field to disaster preparedness. However, students who are majoring in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Candidates will have excellent computer skills, be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook), and should have experience conducting research using a variety online resources. Candidates must have excellent writing skills and a strong knowledge of English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Familiarity with community preparedness is preferred, but not required. Please note: Interns must by U.S. citizens and a basic background check will be conducted before the internship can begin.


Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: Bradley@BradleyARNP.com. Please put “CFDS Internship” in the subject line of your email, and note your availability. Applications are ongoing and based on need. Do to liability coverage only interns who will be able to have an affiliation agreement will be accepted. If you are interested in an internship please submit your resume and indicate which of these you are interested in.

Work Environment
This position works in a warehouse setting, with some outdoor exposure during the workday. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines, and standard warehouse equipment such as hand trucks, box cutters and tape dispensers.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the intern is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The intern frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The intern is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The intern must regularly lift and/or move objects up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move objects up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move objects that weigh more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

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