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Emergency Management Internships and How They Contribute To Professionalization. Creating structure and identifying a r eturn o n i nvestment. Marc Khatchadourian , BA, EMT Emergency Management Graduate Student North Dakota State Universit y. Overview. Big Picture Considerations

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emergency management internships and how they contribute to professionalization

Emergency Management Internships and How They Contribute To Professionalization

Creating structure and identifying areturn on investment

Marc Khatchadourian, BA, EMT

Emergency Management Graduate Student

North Dakota State University

overview
Overview
  • Big Picture Considerations
    • Professionalization
    • Applied-Academic Balance
    • Competencies
  • Tangible Recommendations
    • 12 Month Schedule
    • Establishing a Mentor
    • Engagement in Core Areas
1 big picture considerations
1) Big Picture Considerations
  • Professionalization
    • Return on investment: Why should we invest in internships?
    • Cost Benefit
  • Applied-Academic Balance
    • Marrying theory and practice
  • Competencies
    • Broad exposure and base of knowledge
1 big picture considerations cont
1) Big Picture Considerations Cont.

d) Paid vs. Unpaid

  • Systemic disadvantage
  • Cautions of unpaid internships

e) Participation NOT Observation

  • Encourage input and involvement

f) Making partnerships and taking initiative

  • Inherent to how we operate
1 tangible recommendations
1) Tangible Recommendations

a) Internship Planning Schedule

10 to 12 Months Before Internship:

What agency and academic program are looking for

Timeframe/schedule

Background check and security clearance

Solicitation for applicants

1 tangible recommendations cont
1) Tangible Recommendations Cont.

10 Months Before Internship:

Assign a mentor

Interviews, shadowing

Begin background check and clearance

1 tangible recommendations cont7
1) Tangible Recommendations Cont.

6 Months Before Internship:

Involve Intern, Advisor, and Employer

Housing

Facility Access

Parking

Pay Information

Dress Code

1 tangible recommendations cont8
1) Tangible Recommendations Cont.

Week One of Internship:

Facility Tour(s)

Access and Familiarization

1 tangible recommendations cont9
1) Tangible Recommendations Cont.

b) Establishing the Role of the Mentor

  • Mentor can help with organization familiarization
  • Opens up time for the boss
1 tangible recommendations cont10
1) Tangible Recommendations Cont.

c) Participation and Engagement in Core Areas

Policy/Regulatory

Finance

Region/Dept. Meetings

EOC Activations

Training

Exercises/Drills

  • Community Meetings

EOPs

Risk Assessments

Public Information

Bus. Continuity/COG

1 tangible recommendations cont11
1) Tangible Recommendations Cont.

d) Student Internship Checklist

  • Additional items?
discussion and thank you

Discussion and Thank You!

414-861-7366 (cell)

mkhatch@sbcglobal.netOR

marc.khatchadourian@ndsu.edu

Marc Khatchadourian, BA, EMT

Emergency Management Graduate Student

North Dakota State University