Internships at MEMA

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is accepting applications for paid interns.

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Spring & Summer 2023 Paid Internship Positions

The Exercise Intern will work directly with the agency’s Exercise Unit Supervisor serving as a project lead for developing exercise tool-kits that follow Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidance.  The exercise tool-kits will be a new tool that can be used by communities and other private sector and non-government agencies to assist with quick development of small scale discussion based/tabletop exercises.  The goal would be to develop four tool-kits that focus on the following overall capabilities:  Operational Coordination, Operational Communication, Planning, and Public Information/Warning.  This internship is approximately 20-30 hours per week and is required to report to Framingham, MA (Summer Internship)

The Regional Support Intern will work directly with the Local Coordinators in the field to assist with updating local Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans and other pertinent local emergency plans.  This will include working on Local Coordinators, Emergency Management Directors, on CEMP and COOP plans and annexes, training workshops or TTXs based on their area of study and the needs of the region.  Location is Agawam, MA or Franklin, MA (Spring & Summer Internship)

The Fiscal Unit – Emergency Financial Management Playbook Intern will assist the Chief Administrative Officer in developing a financial management playbook that will provide detailed procedures and read-to-use templates to state and local financial managers.  The Intern will collect Best Practices documents aligning with emergency financial management requirements from various state and local emergency management entities; coordinate of review and edits of submitted documentation; organize of materials into Playbook format.  Intern will work with National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and Association of Government Accountants (AGA) to complete Playbook.  The internship is approximately 20+ hours per week and is required to report to Framingham, MA (Spring & Summer Internship)

The Director’s Office will be working directly with the Acting Director as well as other Senior leaders to improve the access and equity of the Agency’s plans, programs, and services.  This could include working on projects such as the language access plan, Access and Functional Needs (disability and other vulnerable populations) GIS map, and radiological emergency preparedness program improvements. – Location Framingham, MA, approximately 15-20 hours per week and required to report to Framingham, MA  (Spring & Summer Internships)

The Meteorologist Intern will learn operational forecasting with a focus on decision support for emergency managers by aiding in forecast analysis and creation of weather briefs. The Intern will also aide in the development of new weather tools which can be used by MEMA staff for situational awareness; both at HQ (Framingham, MA) and in the field.  Intern will also job shadow tasks done by Emergency Managers to get a better sense of how weather impact operations and logistics. Internship is approximately 20 hours per week and required to report to Framingham, MA  (Summer Internship)

The Logistics Coordinator Intern will aid with the development or revision of job aids and SOP’s for Logistics Operations in MEMA’ State Logistics warehouse and designated Logistics Support areas.  To be successful this intern will be taught and shadow logistics staff in warehousing and deployment operations and document the methods used in written and picture forms.  This person would be responsible for producing guides to be utilized for just in time training of surge staff in the warehouse, logistics support areas, or commodity points of distribution.  Internship is approximately 20-30 hours per week and required to report to Franklin, MA  (Summer Internship)

The Public Information Officer Intern will assist in the development of the MEMA Public Information Cadre by developing a draft training schedule and task book.  Assist with planning efforts surround an annual statewide emergency management conference as well as a “Bunker Day” to celebrate the agency’s 60th anniversary. The intern will also create a central repository for external affairs materials for agency (PowerPoint Templates, Letterhead, Certificates, etc..). Contribute to overall public information program activities, attend outreach and partnership meetings, contribute to the development of emergency preparedness material, among other tasks.  Approximately 25 – 37.5 hours per week reporting to Framingham, MA (Summer Internship)

All Hazards Planning Unit MEMA’s All Hazards Planning Unit is responsible for the maintenance of the State’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), to include its hazard specific and functional annexes, and 16 Emergency Support Function (ESF) annexes. As an intern working in MEMA’s All Hazards Planning Unit, you will provide support to specific state emergency planning projects and functions for the Unit. This is a great opportunity to work with talented and experienced emergency management professionals and learn more about how emergency plans are developed and socialized.  The intern will support the Planning Unit team on the reviews of state emergency plans engage in plan review meetings, engage in plan related trainings and exercises, assist in development and review of unit standards, and processes.  Internship is 20-37.5 hours per week reporting to Framingham, MA (Summer Internship)


*If interested, please fill out Internship Application at Internships at MEMA | and e-mail application to by April 14, 2023. Please state which internship you are interested in.

Interns must be a current student or recently graduated.

Additional Information & Application

Applicants must be currently enrolled college students to be eligible for the Internship Program.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

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