Employment Opportunities

Summer Fellowship Program

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is seeking highly-motivated graduate or undergraduate students interested in careers in emergency management, public affairs, education, public health, or journalism for summer fellowships.

The OEM Fellowship Program offers students a unique opportunity to work on a variety of issues and take responsibility for important projects. Fellows will have the opportunity to specialize in areas of particular interest and gain exposure to all aspects of OEM planning and operations. Some of the projects focus on infrastructure, human services, logistics, video production, teaching workshops, and other planning initiatives.

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for ensuring the readiness of the City of Philadelphia for emergencies of any kind through an integrated and collaborative program.  OEM educates the public on how to prepare for emergencies, works with organizations throughout the city to prepare for emergency contingencies, and coordinates emergency response and recovery operations.

Summer Fellows must:

  • Commit at least 24 hours weekly;
  • Sign a non-disclosure agreement; and,
  • Be subject to a criminal background check due to the sensitivity of our work.

Applicants should have strong interpersonal, writing, and oral communication skills. Professionalism, the ability to work individually and in teams, and flexibility are essential.

Fellowship Program Details

This opportunity is ideal for a highly-motivated graduate or undergraduate student interested in careers in emergency management, homeland security, journalism, education, public health, and human services.

Typical duties will include:

  • Independent and team-based research
  • Participation in interagency meetings
  • Policy development

Fellows may also:

  • Support activations of the City’s emergency operations center;
  • Observe emergency field response activities as opportunities arise; and
  • Participate in off-site visits.

The program starts in June and ends in August. Specific start and end dates are negotiable.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter describing what you would bring to the program and areas of specific interest
  • Brief 1-3 page writing sample
  • Resume

Applications are due no later than Monday, April 29th, 2019. Interviews of selected candidates will be conducted throughout April and early May. Only individuals selected for interviews will be notified. All applications should be sent to joshua.martenson@phila.gov and include the subject line:Summer Fellowship Application.”