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Fellowship Program

Image of EMD Duty Teams members and Fellows on a training trip.

The LA City Emergency Management Fellowship (formerly "Internship") Program offers students and recent graduates a highly competitive opportunity to gain hands-on experience in emergency planning, emergency operations, communications, and community preparedness in the nation’s second largest city. In addition to highly substantive and meaningful projects, fellows gain in-depth knowledge of the field by completing formal training courses, participating in exercises, providing support to incident and event management, and networking with emergency managers across the region. 

Since its inception in February 2009, nearly 100 highly qualified undergraduate students, graduate students, PhD candidates, and professionals have participated in the program.  Fellows work for a minimum of ten weeks, though several have remained active as fellows for more than a year.

Fellows are assigned to one of four divisions at EMD: Planning & Resilience, Innovation & Development, Community Preparedness & Engagement, or Operations & Training.  (For details of each division's responsibilities, see About EMD).


Recruitment for the Fellowship Program opens approximately three times a year.

If interested in becoming an EMD fellow, complete the online Interest Form and we will contact you when recruitment opens again.