Student/New Emergency Manager Program

Come join others for these dynamic sessions tailored for students and new emergency managers.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
EMbark Career and Professional Day at the IAEM Conference 

Join the Student Caucus for the fourth annual offering of EMbark Career and Professional Day on Sunday, November 15th. EMbark starts at 12:00 pm and will end in time for the Pre-Welcome Meet and Greet hosted by the IAEM Conference Committee.

EMbark is the introduction to your IAEM Conference! EMbark is designed for IAEM's diverse student and new professional members. Whether you're a student, scholar, new practitioner – or all three – you'll find something of value. EMbark brings you interesting speakers, beneficial topics and the opportunity to learn more about the emergency management field. EMbark aims to give you information on navigating academics and practice to successfully transition to the workplace, including networking, identifying mentors and more.

EMbark will also feature the third annual Rapid Fire Talks! Based on TED Talks, these five-minute long talks are on your specific topic of interest (research/job/interview practice/etc.). Rapid Fire Talks is your elevator pitch about you and your topic! Take this opportunity to build and enhance your public speaking skills and get valuable feedback. To sign-up, email Jody Hodge (jodyhodge@gmail.com) or Sarah Miller (sarah@skmillerconsulting.com).

EMbark is working on its speaker line-up. But the program will be informative, interesting and exciting. The Student Caucus wants you to have the most educational, productive and fun conference experience. To stay in the know, email Jody Hodge (jodyhodge@gmail.com) or Sarah Miller (sarah@skmillerconsulting.com). We can’t wait to see you in Long Beach!

Monday, November 16, 2020

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
New Emergency Managers Networking Reception

Pre-Registration Required

This event is an opportunity for all emergency managers who may be students, new members and/or new attendees to connect with emergency management professionals who specifically have indicated they are interested in hiring or offering internships to new emergency managers in the emergency management and related fields. All emergency managers are required to bring business cards. Business casual attire is required. Open to students and new emergency manager conference attendees.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

8:00 am – 9:30 am
Career Workshop – Looking for a Job in All the Right Places
Emergency Management is a fast growing, diverse profession that is no longer predominantly found in just the public sector. This year’s workshop will explore non-government opportunities, and how Emergency Managers can make themselves more competitive in today’s job market. Once you’ve identified that exciting job opportunity, ever wonder how you could make yourself more competitive? These questions are being asked more frequently by students enrolled in emergency management degree programs, people looking at changing jobs, and individuals transitioning to a new career completely. As our field continues to evolve, come hear some successful strategies used by others to begin developing answers for yourself. We will provide information on finding the right job for your interests, outlining strategies for making yourself more marketable to recruiters, crafting an effective resume, and discussing ways to prepare for interviews.


9:40 am – 10:10 am; 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm; 3:40 pm – 4:10 pm
Career Workshop – Mock Interviews and Resume Reviews
Bring a copy of your resume and a winning smile! During this time you will receive individual feedback and have an opportunity to ask specific questions regarding techniques. Participants must sign up in the IAEM store for available time slots.


Contact Us
For any questions contact the IAEM Conference Manager, Julie Husk at jhusk@iaem.com or 703-538-1795 x 1789.
201 Park Washington CT,
Falls Church, VA 22046
Dates and Locations

Dates and Locations of Future IAEM Annual Conferences:

 Oct. 15-22, 2021*,
Grand Rapids, Michigan 

 Nov. 11-18, 2022*,
 Savannah, Georgia

*The core program dates are Sunday - Wednesday, with additional Friday - Saturday, pre-conference and Thursday - Friday, post-conference training and other options.

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