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The Firefighter Internship Program is a collaborative effort between Cosumnes River College’s Work Experience Education and Internship Program and the Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department. CRC and Cosumnes CSD Fire Department have been partners since 1987.

The program is a 2-year commitment and is designed for Fire Technology students who desire a real-world experience to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. It includes participation in a required weekly Fire Technology Work Experience class (FT 498). This course provides an opportunity for students to learn more about their chosen career, develop confidence, and obtain valuable information on professional development.

To receive more detailed information about the program, please contact the Career and Transfer Center at (916) 691-7372.

Minimum Qualifications

All minimum qualifications must be completed before the start of the fall semester.

  1. Complete Fire Technology (FT) 300 Fire Protection Organization (3 units), with a "C" or better. This class provides an introduction to fire protection, career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, philosophy and history, and more.
  2. Complete the FEMA independent study courses: IS–100, IS–200, IS–700, IS–800 before the academy's start. These courses may be found online through FEMA's ICS Resource Center. These courses are free of charge and are self-paced online courses.
  3. Possess a current California State EMT Certification or a California State Paramedic License. Paramedics must be Sacramento County ALS accredited.
  4. Possess a current CPR for the Healthcare Provider Card (or the equivalent)from the American Heart Association and maintain it during the entire CRC/CSD Firefighter Internship Program.
  5. Possess a GED or a High School Diploma.
  6. Have a valid California driver's license.
  7. Be 18 years of age or older.
  8. Have an overall college GPA of 2.5 or better.
  9. Possess the strength and stamina to pass a Physical Abilities test and Health Examination by a medical practitioner, including a respiratory test.
  10. Consent to and pass a qualifying Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check.
  11. Consent to and pass a comprehensive drug screening.
  12. Be able to validate prior work or leisure teamwork experience.
  13. Be able to purchase selected firefighter protective gear and clothing.
  14. Register for the FT 498 Work Experience class and pay the appropriate unit fee for every semester you participate in the internship. Enrollment in FT 498 is required.
  15. Participate in an interviewing workshop sponsored by the Work Experience and Internship Program staff before your scheduled interview for this internship. Note: All minimum qualifications must be completed before the start of the fall semester.

Additionally, you will need to submit an application, cover letter, resume, a copy of unofficial college transcript(s), your fall class schedule and proof of paid registration for Fire Technology 498. The application deadline typically takes place during the end of each spring semester. Please contact the Work Experience staff at (916) 691-7372 for more information.

For more information about the Firefighter Internship Program, including an alternative acceptance tract, the interview process, cost estimates and more, please see the  Firefighter Internship Program Manual (PDF). 

Firefighter Internship Application


(916) 691-7372

Cameron Whitfield
Internship Developer
(916) 691-7343


In-Person Hours

By appointment only.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:
9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Schedule an in-person appointment

Remote Hours

Monday to Friday:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm


College Center, CC252
Second floor

Inside the Transfer, Internship and Career Center (TICC)