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 $400 /wk Stipend

All applications must be submitted online at

DESCRIPTION The Recreation Intern is a temporary position that reports to the Director of Recreation. The Recreation Intern will be exposed to a broad range of Recreation Management concepts, situations, and experiences meant to provide additional training and educational experience to college students who wish to find a position in the field of Recreation (or similar) field upon the completion of their undergraduate or graduate degree. Being selected as a Recreation Intern does not guarantee employment with the Gurnee Park District upon completion. Recreation Interns should be available to work consistent with the hours prescribed by their college or university program which may include evenings and /or weekends.

QUALIFICATIONS Education: Must be a student in good academic standing currently enrolled in, or have recently completed, a college undergraduate or graduate degree. Preference is given to students majoring in the field of Recreation Management (or a related field). Skills: Must be able to take direction and assist in planning, leading, managing, troubleshooting and evaluating recreational events, programs and facilities. Must be comfortable in front of large crowds of people, and comfortable leading activities. Must work well with people of all ages, especially children. Must be able to use basic reading, writing, and computer skills to learn, understand, and apply Park District policies and procedures. Certifications: Valid Driver’s License, First-Aid, CPR, and AED certification (or ability to obtain one within first 2 weeks of hire – training provided) Competencies: Candidates must demonstrate through a personal interview and reference check that they are able to work with people of all ages, especially children, and possess a basic knowledge of the Recreation Industry such that they can understand the tasks they will be provided.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The ideal Recreation Intern should be motivated with strong multi-tasking skills, great attention to detail and strong interpersonal communication skills. Under the supervision of the Director of Recreation and experienced Park District staff, Recreation Interns will have the opportunity to expand their education by learning how recreation facilities, programs, and events operate, understanding the roles of Park District staff, and becoming familiar safety standards and procedures. Recreation Interns will be asked to “shadow” and assist Park District staff with certain tasks and functions which include, but are not limited to, performing various administrative functions to support Park District programs; attending and observing meetings; performing research and writing assignments; and assisting Park District staff with the development of assigned projects.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS Movement of supplies, equipment and uniforms is necessary, generally up to 50 lbs. Bending, twisting and kneeling may be necessary in support of the programming areas. Work performed will be at indoor and outdoor environments so exposure to the sun, light rain, wind, and other weather factors who should be expected as well as exposure to extreme temperatures while working outdoors.

SALARY This is classified as unpaid internship; however, the Park District does provide a weekly $400 stipend.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICIES, SAFETY, ETC. It is expected that all Gurnee Park District Staff comply with the policies and procedures as set forth by the Gurnee Park District Board of Commissioners. Resources that outline these policies and procedures include the Personnel Policy Manual, Safety Manual, Departmental Manual, Area or Job Specific Manuals and other written or verbal procedures as provided by your supervisor. As all situations cannot be documented even in manuals such as these, it is further expected that your actions as an employee are always performed with safety in mind, respect of your fellow staff and customers in mind, and at the direction of your supervisor. The Gurnee Park District has developed the SOFFI Customer Service Standards as a guide to our agency’s expectations and recommendations for successful work behavior. It is expected that all staff learn and understand these policies and procedures.

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Scott Crowe

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $9.25 / hr

Niles Park District is excited to offer an array of summer internship opportunities for current college students and recent graduates looking to gain experience in the field. Enthusiastic and driven applicants are encouraged to submit their credentials for openings in the following areas:

• Athletics

• Aquatic Facility Operations

• General Recreation and Summer Camps

• Golf Course Operations

• Marketing

• Groundskeeping

Interns can expect to work 20-35 hours per week. Specific job responsibilities will vary by facility. Interns will gain experience across a wide range of essential tasks, including: revenue & inventory control, programming, staff supervision, customer service, special event planning & implementation, and marketing. Requirements applicable to all positions include:

• Area of study in Recreation / Leisure Studies or related field.

• Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

• Must have a valid driver’s license.

• Must be able to respectfully and effectively communicate with fellow staff, program participants, and facility users of all ages.

• Must have current CPR / AED and First Aid certification (or be able to attend Niles Park District training to become certified).

For more information, or to apply, please contact Peter Dubs at 847-583-2735 or email

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Peter Dubs

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $330 weekly stipend

The Glencoe Park District is seeking a highly motivated, energetic student to serve in the role of Summer Recreation Intern. The Park District provides a comprehensive experience of district operations including administration, programming, employee supervision, facility management, camps, aquatics, ice rink (seasonal), special events, marketing, and maintenance based on the interests of the intern and needs of the Park District.

Qualifications: Currently working towards a college degree in Parks and Recreation or related field. Knowledge of the theories, practices, and philosophies of community recreational programming.

Recreation Intern must possess exceptional oral and written communication skills and the ability to maintain exceptional working relationships with peers, community groups, volunteers, independent contractors, co-workers, staff, supervisors and the public.

Hours: Intern hours will vary, depending on the weekly activities and special events; however, the Intern will work approximately 40 hours per week, including nights and weekends when needed.

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Liz Visteen

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $8.25 per hour/40 hours per week

The Waukegan Park District is offering an internship to students working towards a degree within the field of parks and recreation or closely related field. The internship will provide a well-rounded experience to an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual. Candidate must be a student of an accredited university pursuing a Bachelor or Master degree in Recreation, Leisure Services or related field. All necessary requirements must be met with respective college or university to be eligible. A valid driver's license is also required. Housing may be provided for the entire time of the internship on a first come first served basis. Applicant must have personal transportation. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Essential duties include but are not limited to the following: -Assist with planning, organization, implementation and oversight of youth and family non-athletic recreational/general interest programs with a strong emphasis in nature programming, gardening, and camps. -Provide direct leadership and supervision to all assigned recreation programs and services. -Provide developmentally appropriate activities that meet the needs and interests of participants. -Assist in development and implementation of goals and objectives specific to area of responsibility. May develop and implement an intern project. -Assist in evaluating effectiveness and efficiency of program and services, making recommendations on introduction or deletion of programs and services. -Assist with the development and implementation of a marketing strategy for recreation programs, events, and services consisting of appropriate pricing and promotional efforts. -Assist in the recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of assigned staff and volunteers. Assist with contracting with independent contractors and vendors for programs and services as needed. -Assist in securing alternative funding through grants, sponsorship, and fundraising. -Assist in the purchase, distribution and maintenance of proper inventory of all supplies and materials. Turn in appropriate receipts as required. -Prepare and maintain management reports and records regarding programs and services. Prepare and submit reports and projects as required by sponsoring university. -Accompany participants on field trips. Transport program participants and supplies via park district vehicles. -Assist in the preparation of program budgets. -Establish a cooperative planning and working relationship with coworkers, parents, community agencies and organizations. -Attend pertinent departmental/park district meetings and in-house training sessions. -Conduct self according to the policies and procedures as established by the park district. -Participate in park district Safety and Training Program to ensure that work performed and services provided are implemented in a safe manner. -Perform other duties as assigned.

Interested candidates may apply online. Apply online at:

Contact: Elizabeth Fallon, Department Coordinator Waukegan Park District 847-782-3626

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Elizabeth Fallon

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


DESCRIPTION: The Addison Park District is seeking a creative, senior level student pursuing a degree recreation, leisure studies or related field to fill the position of Summer Recreation Intern. The internship will include a comprehensive experience within the district's operations. The student will assist with projects, programs and events within numerous areas of the park district including, but not limited to, day camps, athletics, special events, senior programming, facility management, general programming, aquatics, marketing, administration and budgeting. This is a 12-14 week, 40 hour per week employment opportunity. Schedule includes night and weekend hours.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Essential duties include, but are not limited to: assist full time and part time park district staff to complete work in the areas of program development, facilities operations, daily supervision of staff and programming, marketing and oversight of special events. The development of three new recreation programs and/or special events for the fall programming season. Develop marketing materials and coordinate with staff to disseminate to the public. Assist in daily operations of day camp, aquatics programming, front desk operations. Continue education by working with staff to review programming, including descriptions, budgeting, scheduling, facilities. Oversight of summer special events such as Youth Garage Sale, Touch A Truck, Movie in the Park, as well as assist in others. Complete school related reports and projects. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a senior level student of an accredited university, pursuing a degree in recreation, leisure studies, education or a related field of study. Student must be able to multitask and organize multiple responsibilities such as programming, oversight of daily operations, completing long term responsibilities as well as completion of school reports and projects. A valid driver's license is required.

HOURS: Days and hours vary depending on department responsibilities. A Monday through Friday schedule will include evenings and weekends as necessary and is based on 40 hours per week.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications can be found at Please send resume as well as school requirements.

SALARY: $8.75/hour

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Steven Muenz

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled