Internships & Volunteering Opportunities
The Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness offers internships to junior and senior undergraduate and graduate-level students throughout the academic year. Internships are offered in three cohorts: fall, spring and summer semesters. Applicants are selected through a competitive process and initially assigned to the Planning & Preparedness Division. Click here more information on how to apply. Alternatively, the New Orleans Health Department also offers internships in public health emergency preparedness.
CERT – Community Emergency Response Team
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
Medical Reserve Corps
The New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps, administered by the New Orleans Health Department, is a diverse group of committed volunteers with skills and expertise to suppplement public health emergency preparedness and response efforts in New Orleans.
Evacuteer trains 500 New Orleanians each hurricane season to assist in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
VIGOR – Volunteers in Government of Responsibility EMS Program
EMS Volunteer Program http://www.nola.gov/ems/vigor/
The New Orleans EMS VIGOR program allows potential new employees and individuals who are curious about EMS a chance to ride along with EMS.