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Department of Homeland Security (USCIS - EMS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s volunteer intern program places University of Maryland interns into the Emergency Management and Safety (EMS) Branch within the Office of Security and Integrity. The mission of the EMS Branch is to provide the highest quality of emergency management, continuity of operations and government planning services to USCIS by ensuring a resilient and prepared workplace with an ability to continue government and USCIS mission-essential functions.


Continuity requirements ensure that all agency tasks can be performed during all hazards. Emergency Management focuses on the preservation of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters. At USCIS, we prepare for these events by conducting exercises based on the fifteen national disaster scenarios, such as Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake, Airborne Anthrax, Improvised Explosive Devices and Cyber. The exercises we conduct validate the training and planning that is done continuously throughout the year.


As such, USCIS is looking for interns that can work in an environment that touches all disciplines. Whether UMD students have a background in Accounting, Business Law, Criminal Justice, Gov’t and Politics, History, Language or another field, EMS can use their skill set and their background to better prepare the Department of Homeland Security to respond to any crisis. Interns can be expected to make policy, develop memorandums, perform training, participate in exercises, become certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Continuity and gain understanding of how the federal government works.

For more information or to submit an application for consideration, please contact Robert Butler at robert.d.butler@uscis.dhs.go 

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