Public Safety Intern

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$31,782.40 - $62,628.80 Annually
Posted
Apr 03, 2019
Closes
Apr 03, 2019
Ref
1513-19M-CEM-EM
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County Management Interns
This is a one-year, full-time, paid Internship Program
Most Internships will begin between

July 1, 2019 and September 1, 2019*
Arlington County

Arlington County is an exciting, innovative local government entity located in Northern Virginia. We are seeking bright, highly motivated individuals for an exciting one-year Management Internship in a variety of positions across the County. These positions offer a career opportunity to qualified individuals with little or no previous professional work experience to help them prepare for a career in a variety of fields of work. This Internship will provide new college graduates and currently enrolled graduate students with in-depth, hands-on learning opportunities in areas critical to supporting local government initiatives while participating in a developmental and training cohort with peers.

Internship

Over the course of a year, Management Interns work under the mentorship and supervision of senior staff members to gain valuable on-the-job training and real-world work experience. They support the County's efforts to consistently work toward greater efficiency and effectiveness by offering improved processes and fresh ideas, and by leveraging smart technologies, while becoming familiar with the public-sector work environment as a viable and fulfilling career path.

Program Participation

2018 and 2019 college graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who have no professional work experience in an area related to the internship are welcome to apply. Applications will be considered from candidates who have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in 2018 or 2019 prior to the start date of the Internship or who are currently enrolled in a Master's degree program related to the internship.

The successful candidate will possess the following traits;
  • The willingness to explore and follow best practices;
  • Self-motivation with a desire to excel;
  • Excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving abilities;
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects and/or tasks and easily switch focus as required;
  • Ability to research and understand technical documentation;
  • Interacting with multiple levels of staff and to express ideas articulately, verbally, and in writing to a variety of audiences;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational and planning skills; and
  • Strong customer service skills.

Position Available

Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management (PCEM)

Public Safety Intern: This Intern will be part of a dynamic environment, highlighting the regional and intergovernmental coordination necessary to plan, prepare, and respond to disasters and emergencies in Arlington County and the National Capital Region. The Intern will have the opportunity to work on projects spanning the public safety realm, including those in 911, emergency communications, and emergency management. Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate professionalism, effective written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to complete projects with minimal supervision.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development of emergency management plans, job aids, standard operating procedures, exercise design, and training;
  • Assist in the development and execution of projects for 911 operations to include employee training, 911 system upgrades, NextGen 911 and FirstNet issues;
  • Attend public education and community outreach events; and
  • Attend regional meetings and participate in cross jurisdictional and cross discipline workgroups relating to 911 and emergency management in the Northern Virginia and National Capital Region.


Selection Criteria

We anticipate filling these positions between July 1, 2019 and September 1, 2019. Therefore, applications will be accepted from candidates graduating with an undergraduate degree no later than August 2019 and from candidates currently pursuing a Master's Degree in their field.

Minimums:
  • Must have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in 2018 or 2019 prior to the start date of the Internship or are currently enrolled in a Master's degree program related to the internship.
  • Management Interns may not have professional work experience related to the internship.
  • G.P.A. of 3.0 or above. Applicants may be asked to provide certified official transcripts.

Degree Requirements :

Public Safety Intern: Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Political Science, Public Health, or a related field.
  • Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with academic and/or experience in one or more of the following:
    • Data analysis using SPSS or Stata; and
    • Microsoft Office Suite including MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Word.


Special Requirements

Candidates will be required to successfully pass a background investigation if offered the position.

Additional training requirements may be required depending on specific work, to include FEMA ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 as well as Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and/or CJIS training.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 40 hours/week. Monday- Friday. Some flexibility.

Applicants may be asked to provide certified official transcripts.

All Management Interns are eligible for health, dental, and leave benefits.

Completion of the Supplemental Questionnaire is required as part of the application process for this position. You may further describe your experience by attaching a resume. However, please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.

01

Please provide the following information that will help us determine suitable assignments Degree (indicate if working on or earned MA/BA):
  • School(s) attended:
  • Date of graduation/anticipated graduation (month and year):
  • Degree Earned:
  • Field/Focus area of study:


02

I would like to be considered for the Public Safety Intern. I have met the degree requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for this Internship as described in the minimum qualifications on the job announcement and am able to provide a certified official transcript from my college or university.
  • Yes
  • No


03

Please describe how your degree has prepared you for the position or positions for which you are applying.

04

Please describe a successful project/assignment where you have had the opportunity to demonstrate your initiative, innovation, and problem-solving skills that are relevant to the position(s) for which you are applying. What was your role and why did you feel it was successful?

05

Please briefly describe any other information in your background that you feel is relevant and that you want us to consider when reviewing your application. Use this opportunity to highlight your knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as personal characteristics for these challenging and exciting position.

06

Please describe your level of technology proficiency for all programs mentioned in the selection criteria and desirables related to this position.

07

I understand that I will be required to submit to a background investigation if offered the position.
  • Yes
  • No


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