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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Internships & Volunteering Opportunities


The Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness offers internships to undergraduate and graduate-level students throughout the academic year. Internships are offered in three cohorts: fall, spring and summer semesters. Applicants are selected through a competitive process and initially assigned to the Planning & Preparedness Division. Click here more information on how to apply. Alternatively, the New Orleans Health Department also offers internships in public health emergency preparedness.

CERT – Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Medical Reserve Corps 

The New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps, administered  by the New Orleans Health Department, is a diverse group of committed volunteers with skills and expertise to suppplement public health emergency preparedness and response efforts in New Orleans.

Hands On New Orleans

HandsOn New Orleans hosts citizens from around the world, as well as provides service opportunities for citizens in the New Orleans community. Whether you are one person or a corporate team, HandsOn New Orleans provides worthwhile and effective volunteer options. We gladly engage out-of-state individuals and groups, local citizens, corporate groups, and tourists, all in service to our community.

Red Cross

The American Red Cross is one of several community organizations working together to respond to disasters. The Red Cross involves annually matching knowledge, skills, interests and experience of individual's with opportunities to serve their community.


Evacuteer trains 500 New Orleanians each hurricane season to assist in the event of a mandatory evacuation.

VOA – Volunteers of America New Orleans

This organization serves as the community-wide coordinator for volunteers helping with the recovery.   If you are a local or out-of-town individual or group seeking to help with hurricane recovery, we can find meaningful opportunities for you.  We have placed more than 20,000 volunteers in the region since the storm.

Greater New Orleans Disaster Recovery Partnership (GNODRP)

Formed in November 2005, the Greater New Orleans Disaster Recovery Partnership (GNODRP) is a coalition of 70 plus member agencies including faith-based, non-profits, government liaisons and long term recovery organizations serving those impacted by the 2005 hurricanes in the Greater New Orleans region. Additionally, we are planning ways we can continue to support our community and be prepared for future disasters. Our preparedness arm is the Greater New Orleans Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (GNOVOAD).

Louisiana Volunteers in Action (LAVA)

LAVA is administered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health. LAVA works to recruit, credential, train, manage and deploy volunteers (medical and non-medical) to assist during emergencies and day to day activities by providing additional staff to meet health/medical surge needs.

VIGOR – Volunteers in Government of Responsibility

EMS Volunteer Program

The New Orleans EMS VIGOR program allows potential new employees and individuals who are curious about EMS a chance to ride along with EMS. 

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