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Internship - Security/Preparedness #2204-005020-03

Date Opened
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:30 AM
Close Date
Monday, June 27, 2022 11:59 PM
Charlotte Water
  • $15.00 - May increase based on qualifications
Employment Type
  • Internship


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.

Charlotte Water (CLTWater), is the largest public water and wastewater utility in the Carolinas, providing essential services to more than a million customers in the City of Charlotte and greater Mecklenburg County, including the towns of Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, Huntersville, Davidson, and Cornelius.

 Safe drinking water and properly treated wastewater is a prerequisite for protecting public health, preventing disease, and preserving the environment. To protect and maintain our services, it is essential to be able to effectively plan for and respond to an array of natural, technological, and human caused events.


The Preparedness Intern will work as part of the CLTWater SEP Team, which reports to the SEP Manager.


The CLTWater Security and Emergency Preparedness (SEP) Team is actively seeking an intern to join our team. This position will contribute to a variety of specific utility-wide activities, including preparedness planning, hazard mitigation, security operations, emergency response, incident management and disaster recovery. 

Either the CLTWater Emergency Preparedness Planner or the Security Systems Specialist will supervise the SEP Intern position, depending on the selected candidate’s background/qualifications and specific assignments.

The Intern will work as part of the CLTWater SEP Team.
This is a temporary (20-40 hours per week) internship located in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
This is an in-person internship, not a virtual internship.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Support SEP staff in the development, maintenance, and implementation of various emergency management plans, including the Emergency Operations Plan, the Continuity of Operations Plan and Site Emergency Action Plans.
Support SEP staff during Department Operations Center activations
Support SEP staff during Charlotte/Mecklenburg Emergency Operations Center activations. 
Attend meetings, trainings, and other professional development opportunities, including the All-Hazards Advisory Committee, the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee and County/State/NCWaterWARN Briefings. 
Assist with the yearly Tier II Hazardous Chemical Report. 
Assist in development of team intranet site, presentations, etc.
Maintains some inventory of supplies, equipment, and publications.
Assist the Security Systems Specialist as necessary. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Position requires organizational skills, attention to detail, high energy, a strong work ethic and professional commitment. Integrity, curiosity, good judgment, initiative, and patience are essential personal qualities. 
Excellent computer skills/aptitude.
Effective oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualification

Pursuing a graduate degree.
Basic understanding of water and wastewater services.
Relevant work experience (e.g., internships, jobs, classes)
Completion of the following FEMA Independent Study courses and provide proof of completion: ICS 300, 400
Ability and interest to travel as requested. 

Minimum Qualifications

Be a current student (undergraduate, masters, or PhD) in the area of emergency management, public administration, or related field and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0.
Completed the following FEMA Independent Study courses and provide proof of completion: ICS 100, 200, 700, 800.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

As of October 1, 2021:

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees.  The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to  

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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