City officials are taking intern applications. Participants will get insight into police, fire and 911 communications. (Photo: Contributed)

Leaders are taking applications for the city's Emergency Services Minority Internship Program, which is a joint effort between police, fire and 911 authorities.

"Each of these agencies shares the goal of providing a gender-diverse and ethnically balanced workforce, because the most successful emergency service agencies are sensitive to gender, ethnicity, cultural diversity and sexual orientation," according to a news release. 

In an effort to recruit and retain "highly motivated" members of these groups, the Emergency Services Minority Internship Program provides part-time employment so each intern can get experience and comprehensive awareness of public safety professions, including police, fire and emergency communications.

Each intern will earn $15 per hour during a 20-hour workweek. The internship is a 12-week program, and 15 people will be chosen to work between the months of February and May. 

Interns will be nonsworn and unarmed, and will not participate in any actual hands-on activities on police or fire scenes.

However, interns may participate in training exercises designed to simulate real-life scenarios.

The selection process includes a job application, comprehensive background check and interview. Leaders are accepting applications through Dec. 22. 

To apply or get more information, contact Lt. Jim DePrimo with the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-643-5264 or jdeprimo@chattanooga.gov.

Click here to hear what one participant said about the program.