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.

  • The Ranch (Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation), located in the San Francisco Bay Area has internship opportunities available for interested students in recreation programs and services, facilities, special events, general office administration and operations. The Ranch is a small recreation agency with less than 25 employees offering programs for children, adults, and seniors. Interns will receive one-on-one professional counseling, practical experience, gain valuable leadership and service skills. Interns are paid $14/hour. For more information, please contact the Assistant Recreation Director, Sherry Burchert at sburchert@theranchtoday.org.  

  • Camp Adventure Youth Services- hiring interns to work as camp counselors and aquatic counselors on board military bases world wide. Living stipend, house and airfare covered. Students receive 12 credits of course work. Locations like Spain, Italy, Japan, Bahrain, Hawaii, Boston, Germany and more. Training is at Sac State, Chico State and UC Davis during the spring semester. email sacdaviscampa@gmail.com or visit our website at www.campanorcal.com. Application deadline is January 5, 2018.

  • 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 Concord is recruiting to fill a Student Internship vacancy in the Parks and Recreation Department.  This position is open to current college students who have completed their coursework and are looking to fulfill their undergraduate program internship requirements to obtain a B.S. or B.A degree in Recreation or similar field. To be considered for this internship program, submit a cover letter and resume to Program Coordinator Kayla Malachowski.  The cover letter should include the student's availability, required hours, and timeframe they need to work within to complete their internship requirements.  Cover letter and resumes may be submitted to kayla.malachowski@cityofconcord.org or in person at the Willow Pass Community Center, 2748 E. Olivera Road, Concord, CA 94519.

  • The City of Cotati, located in the Northern Bay Area has internship opportunities available for interested students in recreation programs and services, facilities, special events, general office administration and operations. Interns are paid $12/hour, up to 20 hours per week and the term is three to six months, generally coinciding with a college semester and summer schedule but can be modified with approval. For more information, please visit www.cotaticity.org/sections/employment

  • City of Crescent City has an internship opportunity to help create and facilitate a first time 3-day swim camp during Del Norte County Schools Winter Break. Start date for this internship will start in October and end the first week in January 2019. To apply for this opportunity, please email svalero@crescentcity.org, deadline to apply is October 12, 2018.
  • The Town of Danville Recreation, Arts & Community Services Department is currently accepting interns for our Recreationship program. A Recreationship consists of gaining experience in many areas of recreation including: Youth, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Cultural Arts, Sports & Fitness, Volunteers, and Facilities Management. This program is open to current college students who have completed their coursework and are looking to fulfill their undergraduate program internship requirements to obtain a B.S. or B.A. degree in Recreation or a similar field. Salary starts at $11 an hour. For more information, please contact Program Supervisor, Jessica Wallner at jwallner@danville.ca.gov.

  • Located in beautiful North Lake Tahoe, Disabled Sports USA Far West has internship opportunities for both Recreation Therapy and Community Recreation internships for the 2015-2016 winter season. DSUSAFW provides adaptive snowsports instruction for individuals of all ages and disabilities. For more information on or inquiries about our internship opportunities visit us at www.disabledsports.net or contact Allison@disabledsports.net.

  • Each year the East Bay Regional Park District employs approximately two-dozen student interns with a primary program purpose of offering students a paid and enriching on-the-job learning experience, relevant to their area of academic study. Under direction of a project supervisor, an intern is assigned to work on a specific project less than 30 hours a week for a period that can last between 12 - 20 weeks. For a more information and to apply online please visit www.ebparks.org/jobs. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017.

  • 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 Isla Vista Recreation & Park District (next to UCSB campus)  has non-paid internship opportunities available that offer exposure to recreation and parks administration. Learn how each department of the District works, and how each department fits into the big picture of the Park District. Credits may be available through some schools. For more information, please email Internship Supervisor, Angela Kamm at akamm@ivparks.org

  • Richmond Police Activities League has several non-paid Internship opportunities available for students interested in developing their knowledge and skills in sports through working in our 8 weeks Junior Giants Program. Working closely with the RPAL Junior Giants Commissioner, Interns will gain valuable experience through planning and organizing our 2016 Junior Giants Program. Contact Jerry Anderson, Program Coordinator, janderson@rpal.org

  • 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

  • The City of San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department has ongoing internship opportunities available to meet your recreation degree requirements or personal career enhancement goals. Interns will work closely with one or more Recreation Supervisors and may gain valuable experience in youth programs, summer camps, aquatics, sports, contract classes, special events, customer service, CLASS software, facility management, parks, program development, budgeting, marketing, commissions, and more. Please email sanleandrorec@sanleandro.org with a letter of interest, resume, references, and your internship and/or career goals. Some hours may be available for compensation.

  • The City of San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department is certified through the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification, Inc. as a site qualified to accept Therapeutic Recreation Interns who are prepared to complete 600 hours of internship work.  Under supervision of National and State certified Recreation Therapists, the program is designed to provide challenging work experiences in a municipal/community recreation setting while promoting an understanding of working in local government.  Learn more and apply online at https://www.calopps.org/ViewAgencyJob.cfm?ID=27360.  

  • The Tahoe City Public Utility District has ongoing internship opportunities available. We work with each student individually to develop a successful and rewarding internship experience. Opportunities include: program planning and implementation; leadership techniques and skills; budgetary processes; and marketing and public relations. Interns receive $100/week stipend and lakeside housing (including utilities) is included.