OES Student Worker and Volunteer Program

OES Student Worker and Volunteer Program



The County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services’ (OES) Student Worker, Internship and Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for students and volunteers to gain valuable emergency management experience generally required by employers. 

OES provides both paid and unpaid volunteers and opportunities for students from various learning institutions, including high schools, technical institutes, vocational colleges, community colleges and universities within the county to work and become familiar with:

  • The concept of public service.
  • The functions, programs, and operations of local, state and federal governments.
  • Undergraduate and transitional career work experience in emergency management.
  • Career knowledge and work experience for graduate students during the course of their studies.

Hiring Process:

The Student Worker/ Volunteer Program hiring process consists of the following steps: 

  1. Applicant submission of resume and cover letter.
  2. Introductory phone call.
  3. Following resume and review and an introductory phone call, applicants may be offered an invitation to interview.
  4. If offered a Student Worker position, the applicant must complete and clear a mandatory background check and medical exam. The typical duration of this process is approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

Educational Disciplines:

The Applicants considered for the County of San Diego OES Office of Emergency Services’ Student Worker/Volunteer Internship program may come from a wide range of educational backgrounds. The typical educational background may include but are is not limited to the following:

  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Criminal Justice
  • Public Health
  • Urban Planning
  • Foreign Languages
  • Information Technology
  • Public Relations

Time Commitment:

Student Workers/Volunteers Interns are expected to work a minimum 15 hours per week. Full-time Student Workers cannot exceed 20 hours per week. Volunteer Interns may work up to 40 hours/week.


Educational Disciplines:

While applicants come from a range of academic backgrounds, the most competitive applicants also possess the following:

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking abilities.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Take initiative and be self-motivated.
  • Work well with others and have strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good computer literacy skills ( Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, and Sharepoint SharePoint, Outlook).


The Volunteer Program is currently suspended.  Please check back here soon for updated information.




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