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Position Description:
Position Title: Legislative Research Intern (unpaid internship)
Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department
Emergency Management Bureau
Loma Ridge Emergency Operations Center
2644 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
Functions of Agency/Department:
The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department is a modern, progressive law enforcement agency dedicated to protecting the peace and enhancing the quality of life for everyone in the County of Orange.

The Emergency Management Bureau (EMB) provides emergency management and preparedness services to the Orange County Operational Area. There are currently 114 members in the Operational Area (OA) encompassing all County departments and agencies, public and private organizations and the general population within the boundaries of Orange County. The Orange County Board of Supervisors has designated the Sheriff-Coroner Department as the lead agency in matters of emergency preparedness and disaster response. The County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is located at Loma Ridge and is maintained in a constant state of readiness by the Emergency Management Bureau in the event EOC activation is required to support an emergency response within Orange County, or surrounding Counties.
Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
The legislative intern’s primary duties include researching pending legislation related to the emergency management field, preparing a report on legislative activity and presenting the report and analysis to staff and officials. Additional duties may include assisting staff in the day-to-day operations within the EMB office; answering inquiries by phone and through written communications; preparing documents and reports; assisting with research assignments and special projects; attending meetings or community events; filing, faxing, photocopying, etc.
Educational Requirements:
This position is best suited for undergraduates, graduate students or recent graduates with backgrounds in: Emergency Management, Public Safety, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, Public Affairs, Communications, Public Relations, Public Policy, History or related fields.
Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to research information and prepare reports and other correspondence; experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel; reliable, outgoing and able to work independently. Previous office experience is a plus. Professional appearance and business attire required.
Time Commitment:
Minimum 10 – 15 hours per week for one semester or quarter. Hours must be scheduled in 3- to 5-hour blocks of time during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.). Summer internships are available.
Benefits Available to Intern:
Internships with the Sheriff-Coroner’s Department offer students and recent graduates experience in working within a large governmental entity. The EMB provides exposure to various aspects of legislative relations through ongoing staff coordination with local, state and federal governmental agencies as part of routine operations. The EMB is one of the few assignments within the County that the intern may be exposed to a multi-faceted government coordination. This assignment also provides an opportunity for interns to explore career options, gain career skills, build resumes and network with professionals in their fields of interest.
Additional Information:
Background investigations will be conducted on applicants who wish to complete an internship with the Department, and will include a review of:
  • Employment history
  • Law Enforcement/Criminal history
  • References
Please include the following information in your application material:
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number
  • Reference name, address and phone number
  • Current employer’s name, address and phone number
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