Internships

Agencies that offer internships to park and recreation students can post information on this page for free. Please e-mail announcements to john@cprs.org.

  • Parks Internship at Chico Area Recreation and Park District-One parks internship each spring, summer, and fall. Well rounded program with exposure to parks administration, budgeting, scheduling, hands-on parks and facilities maintenance and operations, special event planning and set-up, and capital projects. Click here to download application. For information, email Steve Visconti at: svisconti@chicorec.com
  • The City of Chula Vista offers a Therapeutic Recreation Internship. 500 minimum hours are required and student must be a Senior to comply with the University TR program or the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, (NCTRC) guidelines. Interns will be paid $300.00 - $500.00 at the end of their internship contingent upon filing an application with the City, passing a City required physical and livescan fingerprints and passing the internship per approval of CTRS. Please contact Carmel Wilson, CTRS, at 619/409-5800 or cwilson@ci.chula-vista.ca.us.
  • Cordova Recreation and Park District internships- paid 40 hour, 14 week, internship opportunity each summer (1) and fall (2). Additional unpaid positions will be considered on a case by case basis. Interns are rotated to each of five facilities for a varied experience, attend community collaborative meetings, and are given program responsibilities. For more information, Trish Lindvall, General Recreation Supervisor, at totalrec@crpd.com. For more information about CRPD, visit www.crpd.com
  • Corte Madera Parks & Recreation Internships (paid) from April through August for the planning, preparation and facilitation of Summer Playground for kids ages 5 to 12. Interns will gain leadership, organization, team building and other valuable experience. Visit the website: www.ci.corte-madera.ca.us or Contact Shani Combs 415/927-5072; scombs@ci.corte-madera.ca.us
  • Recreation Internship available at Craig Hall. Assistant Resident Director Position available spring & fall. Responsibilities include the ability to plan and implement a wide variety of activities and special events for college aged students. Compensation package includes living space and $500 stipend per month. For information, email Ruthie Heuton at: ruthie@craighall.com
  • Winter recreation internships are now available with Disabled Sports USA Far West. Intern duties include teaching adaptive snow-skiing and snowboarding lessons at Alpine Meadows ski resort and assisting with fund-raising, volunteer training, administrative, and special events.  The opportunity to learn through these programs is a real world opportunity that you don’t want to miss.  For more information visit www.disabledsports.net.
  • Each year the East Bay Regional Park District employs approximately two-dozen student interns. Under directionof a project supervisor, an intern is assigned to work on a specific project approximately 40 hours a week for a short term period of 10-12 weeks. Application materials may be downloaded from the District’s website at www.ebparks.org/job
  • The Fairfield Senior Day Program is a licensed social day program for adults with physical and/or cognitive impairments. We are accepting applications for Recreation Therapy interns and offer a fun working environment and fantastic learning opportunity. Please see our website at www.fairfieldseniorcenter.com. For more information, contact Janelle Sellick, M.S. RTC/CTRS at jsellick@ci.fairfield.ca.us.
  • The City of Folsom Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting applications for Recreation Leader Interns. Responsibilities include but not limited to; Aquatics, Sports, Community Services, Team Leaders, Facility Supervisors, Programmers, Fundraising, Special Events, Concessions, and Administrative positions.  Pay ranges from $9.00 to $11.45/ hour depending on qualifications. Please contact Scott M. Vontroba, Recreation Coordinator for more information. 66 Clarksville Rd. Folsom, CA 95630, 916/984-2857 SVONTROBA@FOLSOM.CA.US
  • City of Fremont Parks & Recreation - ongoing option - internships available for the Fall and Spring semesters. Some positions are paid, many are volunteer. Please e-mail Rena Dein, rdein@ci.fremont.ca.us to discuss the details.
  • The Galt Parks and Recreation Department is looking for an intern to help revive our Teen Programs and Activities, as well as work on the Department's Special Events.  We are looking for a creative and energetic individual who loves to work with teens and young adults.  If you think you are the person we are looking for, please contact Monica Lopez, 209/366-7180.
  • Isla Vista Recreation & Park District-ongoing. Please contact Angela Kamm at angelak@ivparks.org
  • Lake Casitas Recreation Area - one fall, spring and summer Intern needed. Contact Brian Roney at psm@casitaswater.com.
  • The Marinwood Recreation Department is looking for a summer intern interested in working in a vibrant and multi-faceted rec. environment. The selected intern will have the opportunity to work within camps, aquatics and special events while also learning the ACTIVE registration system. This is a 30-40 hour week position, pay is $15 hour. For more information, please contact Shane DeMarta, Recreation Director at (415) 479-0775 or email: sdemarta@marinwood.org .
  • Recreation Internship opportunities at McKinleyville Parks & Recreation Department, located on the beautiful north coast. Responsibilities include but are not limited to; plan, manage, and evaluate afterschool programs, youth and adult sports, special events, and other specialized recreation programs offered by the District. Please contact Jason Sehon at: jason@mckinleyvillecsd.com
  • City of Menlo Park Summer Sports and Special Event Internship – The Community Services Department is looks for a dynamic, self-starting, eager individual that is interested in learning the ins and outs of municipal sports programs and special events. For the full overview of the program please click here. If you have any questions please contact Colin James at: cajames@menlopark.org.
  • The Nature Conservancy has internship opportunities for city youth. For more information download a flyer here.
  • The North Tahoe Public Utility District is looking for 1-2 interns for Spring, Summer, Fall. The jobs can be paid or partially paid while completing the Educational requirements of the program. This is an opportunity to work in a Recreation and Parks Facilities setting at Lake Tahoe and gain a diverse experience with all aspects of a Special District providing Recreation, Water and Sewer Services. Please contact Kathy Long, Park and Facilities Manager at 530/546-4212 or e-mail klong@ntrpd.org.
  • Pagosa Springs Recreation Department in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado. One fall, Spring and/or Summer Intern needed. Contact Myles Gabel at m.gabel@centurytel.net
  • Paradise Recreation & Park District invites all applicants for the position of recreation intern for spring, summer or fall. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in all areas of community recreation programming and special events. Sports, after school programs, aquatics, leisure classes for adults and children are just a few of the opportunities we have for you. Please visit our website at www.paradiseprpd.com. Please email us at prpd@sbcglobal.net.
  • Create, plan and implement a new special event for teens or youth in our Community Services Department. The City has an unpaid internship opportunity available at our Community Center, 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. If you are currently attending school studying Recreation or a related field, you may be interested in this internship. It will provide the incumbent with direct Community Services/Recreation experience. The project is anticipated to last approximately 3-6 months. The number of hours of work per week is yet to be determined. Guidance will be provided by the Community Services Supervisor. Please contact nseidenspinner@rpcity.org or http://www.ci.rohnert-park.ca.us/index.aspx?page=401 for more information..
  • City of Roseville is looking for two interns. The first would work on activity promotions, Fitness Memberships and all the elements associated with that. The other will be given specific activities/projects as they are developed. Pay is $8-$9 per hour. Please call Celeste at the Roseville Sports Center 916/774-5990.
  • Sacramento Children's Home has TR internship opportunities each semester and summer. $1500 stipend and certified RTC preceptor will supervise. Supervised by CTRS. E-mail John Glass at john.glass@kidshome.org
  • Sacramento County Regional Parks offers paid internships focusing on picnic programs, special uses & events, and facility rentals. Call 916/875-6238
  • City of San Bruno Parks and Recreation Department: Spring, Summer and Fall internships available. Please email Danielle Brewer, dbrewer@ci.sanbruno.ca.us for additional information or call 650/616-7152
  • City of San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department has internship options available for fall, spring and summer quarter/semesters. Please email Micki Cronin, mcronin@ci.san-leandro.ca.us or call 510/577-3469 to discuss the possibilities in more detail.
  • The City of San Rafael is looking for an intern interested in a hands-on experience in municipal recreation. This is your opportunity to learn more about Aquatics, Facility management, Special Event planning, CLASS software, Summer Camps, program development, sponsorship, marketing and much more. Some hours may be available for compensation. For more information, please contact Debbie Younkin, Recreation Supervisor at 415/485-3347 or email: debbie.younkin@cityofsanrafael.org
  • San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department offers internships in the following areas of focus: Senior/Therapeutic Recreation; Crow Canyon Gardens-Environmental Education; Sports Division-Youth Leagues; Sports Division-Youth Camps; Cultural Arts; Special Events; Marketing/Public Information; Leisure Fee Classes; Historic Properties. For a brochure and position descriptions please contact Teri Mountford, 925/973-3271 or tmountford@sanramon.ca.gov
  • City of Santa Ana has two Senior Administrative Internships The internship is funded for 12 months and requires up to 20 hours of work per week. Please mail, fax, or email your resume, letter of interest, and references to:The City of Santa Ana, c/o Juana Torres, Personnel Services Department, M-24, P.O. Box 1988, Santa Ana, CA 92702, Fax 714/647-6930, jtorres5@ci.santa-ana.ca.us
  • The Community Services Department, Parks Division is looking for both field level and office support.  This is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door and see what goes on behind the scenes.  Check out our website at www.sbparks.org and e-mail Deputy Director Brian Roney at broney@sbparks.org
  • The City of Santee is seeking a Student Intern for 20-40 hours per week in an unpaid position. Students will receive a well-rounded experience working with: summer camps, teen and skate park programs; special events; fee classes; active older adults; and facility rentals for all ages. For more information, please contact Aliah Brozowski, Recreation Supervisor at ABrozowski@ci.santee.ca.us or 619/258-4100, ext. 120.
  • Sierra Vista - a 55 bed locked transitional facility for adults with DD/MI in Yuba City, is currently accepting applications for internships. Send email inquiries to marie.mohapp@sv.dds.ca.gov
  • City of Stanton - Part-time Recreation Intern. 714/379-9222, ext. 231 or visit www.ci.stanton.ca.us
  • Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department has internships available for students who are currently enrolled in a bachelors degree program in Recreation Administration or similar. Internships are generally 14-18 weeks long in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Compensation includes a weekly stipend and free housing. For more information or to apply, contact Shaun Chilkotowsky, Recreation Supervisor, at shaunc@tcpud.org or check us out online at www.tcpud.org.
  • The City of Temecula Internship Program offers part-time internships that are designed to expose students to the workings of local city government to undergraduate and graduate college students. Students from all all academic backgrounds or programs are encouraged to apply. Internships will typically last from six to eight weeks. For more information, please contact Charles Walker, Human Services Manager at charles.walker@cityoftemecula.org To apply, please send your resume to charles.walker@cityoftemecula.org. All qualifying candidates will be contacted.
  • The United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC) in Big Bear Lake, California offers Recreation Therapy internships during the spring (teaching adaptive snow sports) and summer (teaching adaptive water sports). The USARC serves people with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, offering a unique alternative to clinical settings. For more information on the USARC go to www.usarc.org or send an email to mail@usarc.org .
  • The City of West Sacramento is recruiting for a Student Intern in the Recreation Department for the spring semester. $10.44 - $11.36 per hour. For complete information, including job flyer & City application, interested persons can send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, indicating position desired to Human Resources, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, 3rd Floor, West Sacramento, CA 95691 or visit www.cityofwestsacramento.org.
  • City of Woodland Parks & Recreation Department is recruiting for intern positions--one with primary focus in the area of Aquatics, for spring and summer. Another area is Youth and teens. The third area of interest is Adult Sports and contact classes. Each position offers exposure to a well-rounded recreation program including additional exposure to park planning, park operations, senior programming, and special events. Pay rate and hours per week depends on individual's past experience. Contact 530/661-5897 or email Krista.bain@cityofwoodland.org., Krista.bain@cityofwoodland.org