The ideal candidate for the GHC Student Program is a student (undergraduate or graduate) or recent graduate (no earlier than December 2022) looking to enter the field of Emergency Management. The GHC Student Program facilitates networking with professionals at all levels and sectors of Emergency Management, encourages participants to explore areas of interest within EM, provides professional development in the form of resume workshops and conversations with other young professionals, and fosters new mentor relationships. For these reasons, the GHC Student Program is looking for applicants who are committed to beginning their professional development and not yet employed in the field of Emergency Management.
Recent Graduates: Students who complete their degree requirements no more than 6 months prior to the conference are also eligible to apply.
Florida Commitment: Students who are Florida “residents for tuition purposes” (as per § 1009.21, F.S.) will be given priority. Out-of-state or online students may also be considered based upon overall ranking.
Institutional Limits: The total number of students from any single institution may be limited based on total funding availability.
Prior Recipients: Students who have attended the GHC Student Program at a prior conference are not eligible to apply again.
Employment Status: Students who are full-time employees within emergency management or related fields and receive employer benefits are not eligible.
The Student Program provides complimentary conference registration but does not cover all other expenses related to conference attendance. Funding of other expenses will be based on GHC resources available and the number of applicants who qualify.
If you have concerns regarding the dates of the GHC conflicting with your curriculum, our Educational Outreach Committee Members are willing to communicate with the faculty at your institution to help resolve any such issues.
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So that you can begin to prepare for your application, required elements of the application include: listing of emergency management related academic course taken or currently taking, including credit hours for each course; listing of emergency management training sessions completed or currently taking, including number of CEUs or contact hours each (worksheet provided and completion required; if the worksheet is not correctly submitted, the student will receive zero (0) points for this section); current resume which will be graded on community service/extracurricular activities, related professional background, and academic achievement; a 250-750 word essay about your professional plans in relation to emergency management and your commitment to Florida; and a letter of recommendation from an EM professor/instructor, intern/volunteer advisor etc. demonstrating your suitability for the program.
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