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.  

  • The Recreation Therapy Internship program at Atascadero State Hospital has been designed to equip students who go through this program with the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to successfully function as a Recreation Therapy professional in a variety of settings. DSH-Atascadero is a maximum-security psychiatric forensic hospital. The all-male population ranges in age from 18 years and older. Most of our patients have committed some type of felony, suffer from a major mental illness, some type of personality disorder, and often have substance abuse problems. Security is a top priority and all interns receive security and safety related training before working with the patients. For additional information and application and exact deadlines email: rosa.barriga@dsh.ca.gov

  • 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. 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • The City of Los Altos has ongoing internship opportunities for 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, similar field or meet other personal career enhancement goals. Interns will work closely with one or more members of the Recreation Management Team and will have an opportunity to develop skills and practical on-the-job experienceClick here for more information.
  • 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 City of Sunnyvale Department of Library and Community Services is seeking an Intern to assist with marketing projects (e.g. Activity Guide, fliers, social media), the production of special events (e.g. Hands on the Arts Festival, State of the City, Family Fall Fest) as well as assist in other work areas as needed (Arts – Gallery, Pottery Studio and Theatre; Youth, Teen, Adult and Senior recreation programming; Sports and Aquatics programming and Facility/Field Rentals). Read more>>
  • 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.