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City of Houston Office of Emergency Management

5320 N Shepherd Drive, Houston, Texas 77091

Description of Internship

(un-paid) Minimum of 20 hrs/week with a flexible schedule (Spring or Summer of 2014)


Internship Duties:

The Communications Intern will assist with a range of projects and tasks including:

  • Assists the Public Information Officer with managing the public and community affairs program in the Office of Emergency Management.
  • Develops news releases, social media messaging, graphics and website products for the OEM.
  • Assists in real-world events managing emergency public information and public/media inquiries.
  • Maintains day-to-day community outreach programs, including distribution of disaster preparedness materials and scheduling and conducting disaster preparedness presentations.
  • Attends events and presents disaster preparedness material to the general public.
  • Generates reports and data for departmental and City executives.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Assists the PIO in creating and fostering relationships with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs) and community organizations representing various groups within the community.
  • Provides technical and writing assistance to City staff in the use of media-related content-management systems.
  • Assists the PIO in developing and maintaining emergency public information plans and procedures

Internship Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled full-time in an accredited bachelor or master degree program in the areas of public administration, government, communications, broadcasting, or other closely related field.
  • Must receive credit from sponsoring institution for participation.

Preferred Skills

  • Experience developing products for the media, copy writing, graphic design and/or web design.
  • Working knowledge of HTML5 and CSS.
  • Fluency in a language other than English (preferred: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese)
  • Completion of basic ICS course (100, 200, 700, 800)

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Michael Walter,