Student/New Emergency Manager Program

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


Sunday, November 5, 2023

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

EMbark Career and Emerging Professionals’ Day at the IAEM Conference 

Come join us for the sixth annual offering of EMbark Career and Emerging Professionals’ Day. EMbark is your introduction to IAEM and the Annual Conference! Whether you're a student, scholar, new practitioner – or all three – as an emerging professional 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.

4:15pm – 5:15pm

First Steps Mixer 

This mixer is a must attend event for those who are students, new to Emergency Management and/or IAEM, and looking to break through. You will have the opportunity to meet IAEM Leadership across the organization. Plus mingle and network with other seasoned members who represent a wide variety of Emergency Manager professions. We will have some fun games and prizes in store for you as we work to build strong and resilient partnerships across the profession. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

8:00 am – 9:30 am

IAEM Career Workshop - Looking for a Job in All the Right Places

Emergency Management is a fast growing, diverse profession. Given the “new normal” and reliance on phone and video to conduct interviews, this year’s workshop will explore recommendations for your resume, how to prepare for an interview over the phone or through video conference, cover letters, thank you notes, and social media. Participants should learn how they 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 people looking at changing jobs, individuals transitioning to a new career completely, seeking a promotion, and students enrolled in emergency management degree programs. As our field continues to evolve, come hear 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. As an extension of this workshop, the conference committee has created opportunities for resume reviews scheduled during the EMEX Exhibit Hall breaks on Tuesday. Reserve your resume review spot at the IAEM Store in the Registration Area on Monday! Please check the conference schedule for exact times, and bring hard copies of your resume for this portion of the workshop.

Career Workshop and Resume Reviews

9:40am - 10:10am, 12:15pm - 1:00pm and 2:30pm – 3:00pm

Bring two copies of your resume and a winning smile! During this time you will receive individual feedback and have an opportunity to ask specific questions regarding improving your resume.

Participants must sign up at the IAEM Store in the Registration area for available time slots.


“As a first time attendee and a student, I was nervously excited about networking at the conference. The EMbark session on the Sunday of the conference helped break the ice for networking. During that session, I was able to meet other people who were new to EM and who also did not know many people at the conference. By the end of that session, I had a new group of contacts. A few of us would eat lunch together throughout the conference and we would introduce one another to other new connections we had met. Networking at the conference and navigating the conference was much easier thanks to the EMbark.” - Jill Caputi
“As a first-time attendee at IAEM, the EMbark program was invaluable to me. I was able to meet experienced EM professionals and learn about how to make the most of the conference to advance my knowledge and skills.” - Grant Finch, AEM


“It opened my eyes to the vastness of the field and that a majority were like minded individuals that wanted nothing more than to help. Made me feel like I was on the right path.” - M. Cole Baker
“I found networking with people from all over the world valuable. Learning about what they do in emergency management was interesting and comparing/contrasting to what I’ve learned in school.” - Willow Rivera
Contact Us
For any questions contact the IAEM Conference Director, Julie Husk at 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:

 Nov. 3-9, 2023*
 Long Beach, California

 Nov. 14 – 21, 2024*
 Colorado Springs, CO

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

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