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Veteran Internship Program - Emergency Management

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Job ID: 61325
Department: Office of Emergency Management
Location: Port Authority Technical Cntr


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey offers paid internships to students, providing the opportunity to work with experienced professionals on assignments critical to building, operating, and maintaining transportation and infrastructure assets in New York and New Jersey. Assignments include hands-on projects to cultivate technical, writing, communication, and team-building skills. The diversity of our businesses creates a variety of opportunities for students to gain exposure to the work of a first-class public agency.

The Office of Emergency Management is looking for an intern to join their team as part of the Veteran Internship Program.

About the Office of Emergency Management (OEM):

OEM’s mission is to strengthen the Port Authority’s ability to mitigate, prepared, respond, resume and recover from all-hazards (natural, technological and man-made/terrorism.) OEM is responsible for developing and implementing plans and programs to preserve life, protect vital public infrastructure, restore core business functions, manage crisis events, and help maintain the highest quality and most efficient transportation services so important to the well-being and economic competitiveness of the region. 


During this program, interns will have the opportunity to rotate throughout various assignments within OEM that offer on-the-job experience and education in several functions such as:

  • Training and Exercise: Develop and conduct facility exercises that exceed compliance based on the Department of Homeland Security's Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
  • Strategic Preparedness: Assist with the Agency Risk Assessment and multi-hazard risk management program; Drone Program; GIS Program and Disaster Assistance Program.
  • Operations: Administer and manage the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) including mobile response assets and the agency watch desk; and develop and implement programs to improve more effective and efficient means to support disaster operations. 

In addition to the rotational assignments, participants will have the opportunity to participate in trainings, facility tours, and exercises scheduled throughout the year. There will also be an opportunity to network throughout the organization to obtain a working knowledge of Port Authority and awareness of potential full-time opportunities.


  • Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming Spring 2024 semester (starting in January 2024 or beyond)
  • Genuine interest in contributing to the success of the New York and New Jersey region
  • Excellent communication, research, and applicable technical skills
  • For this program, we are looking for students who are also veterans (served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard or Air National Guard)


  • Completion of 30 college credits
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Willingness to learn
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Effective interpersonal skills

Internship Details:

  • The start/end dates of this program are flexible 
  • This internship will require anywhere between 16 to 36.25 hours per week
  • The format is expected to be hybrid (partially virtual, partially at Port Authority Technical Center in Jersey City, NJ)
  • The hourly salary range is $17.20 to $28.85 (the hourly salary is determined by internship type and school year)
  • These details are subject to change

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority:

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than twenty three billion in annual wages and eighty billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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