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X408 807 myers-wi13

  1. 1. Course Syllabus & OutlineCourse Title: Internship in Homeland Security & Emergency ManagementCourse Number: X 408.807Quarter: All quartersInstructor: Paul Myers, PhD PaulM359@ucla.eduMeeting Times: To be arranged with sponsor organizationLength of Course: 75 hours minimum to be completed in a 12 week periodLocation: To be arranged by studentOffice Hours: By appointmentCourse DescriptionThis course provides practical experience in Homeland Security and Emergency Managementwith a leading business, organization, or government department (hereafter referred to as“organization”). Applicable projects and assignments can include, but are not limited to:assisting in Disaster/Emergency Plan development; providing client communications support;preparing security/threat reports or briefings; helping with community preparedness initiatives;or conducting research. Qualified students are placed in job settings for a minimum of 75 hours.Sponsor organizations provide internship positions with no obligation to provide compensationto interns. The internship is a practical method of applying previously learned material from thecertificate program’s courses.Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Homeland Security & Emergency ManagementCertificate and have completed five core courses in the program. Advanced permission from thecertificate advisor is also required. In addition, F-1 Students must have permission from theInternational Student Office before enrolling. Page 1 of 4
  2. 2. Goals and ObjectivesTo give students practical experience in the field representing the certificate program and toenable students to have a hands-on approach to the practice of homeland security and/oremergency management.To participate in on-the-job special projects, supervised by an emergency managementprofessional.To provide students with internship hours that can be counted towards the InternationalAssociation of Emergency Managers’ (IAEM) Work History and Experience component ofbecoming a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).Required ReadingsCourse Text: NoneRecommended Readings: Newsletters, publications, Twitter profiles and other sources of information pertinent to the field, such as: • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Matters Blog ( • Department of Homeland Security updates (various updates available by subscribing at • National Governors Association Homeland Security Newsletter ( • Twitter profiles, including: @NTARC (National Terror Alert Response Center); @SecurityDebrief (George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute); @DHSGov (Department of Homeland Security); @NationalVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster); @HazCenter (University of Colorado at Boulder Natural Hazards Center); @Red Cross (American Red Cross) • US Department of Education Safe & Supportive Schools News Bulletin ( • US Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Information Management Research Center updates ( Page 2 of 4
  3. 3. Course GradingCourse grades will be based on: % Item 50 1) Student project, due at the end of internship period and determined in advance by the instructor, student, and sponsor organization. 50 2) Evaluation of the student’s performance at the mid-point of the internship program and by the instructor and sponsor organization at the end of the internship period. Grading Scale A = 90 – 100% B= 80 – 89% C= 70 – 79% D = 60 – 69% F= 50 – 59% Please note that ALL COURSE GRADES ARE FINALExpectationsStudents are expected to: A. Course Specific 1) Complete an internship application form which will give the sponsor organization information on the student’s background, education, special skills and areas of expertise. 2) Complete the student project with a grade “B” or better. 3) Sign a confidentiality agreement with the sponsor organization and with the instructor. 4) If required by the sponsor organization, pass a background check. B. Internship Specific 1) Meet all time commitments with the sponsor organization barring unforeseen circumstances, and provide proper notice to the sponsor organization of any special circumstances that arise. Keep in mind that the sponsor organization may be making special arrangements to accommodate your internship, (e.g., working Saturdays or evenings), so your commitment to fulfilling the 12 week program is crucial to the success of this program offering. 2) Provide feedback to the instructor regarding the intern assignment on a predetermined basis. 3) Participate in a mid-quarter check-in with the course instructor regarding the internship experience to date. Page 3 of 4
  4. 4. Course OutlineSteps Internship Program ResponsibilityA. The student will meet with the instructor before the internship begins to discuss career objectives and interests.B. The student will be given a list of available Homeland Security and Emergency Management organizations and will be encouraged to interview with several to find a mutually desirable “match”. In this manner, the student’s preference for specific interest areas will be taken into consideration. Once the student selects an organization, the instructor will have the final responsibility in approving the placement. The student will interview with the sponsor organization to secure the internship and review work schedule.C. The organization will appoint a manager to supervise the student’s activities and ensure the work experience basic requirements are being satisfied.D. The instructor will meet, as appropriate, with the sponsor organization’s appointed liaison and/or other principals of the organization to explain the University’s expectations regarding the internship. Applicable projects and assignments can include, but are not limited to: • assisting in Disaster/Emergency Plan development • providing client communications support • preparing security/threat reports or briefings • helping with community preparedness initiatives • conducting researchE. The instructor will follow up via phone and/or a site visit in order to evaluate work assignments and the student’s performance.F. Mid-quarter Interim feedback and instructor and student communication will be evaluation established in the first two weeks. The student, instructor, and sponsor will complete a mid-term evaluation.G. Upon completion of the internship, both the student and the sponsor organization will complete evaluation forms and return them to the instructor.H. Student Project The student project will be determined at an agreed upon date, but no later than the third week of the quarter. The project should relate to a specific effort, e.g., helping with a community preparedness event. The project should not be a diary of daily experiences.Enrollment is limited to the number of available internship opportunities as approved byUCLA Extension’s Business, Management, and Legal Programs Department. Page 4 of 4