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The Community House is excited to offer a professional internship to students working toward a degree within the field of parks and recreation. This internship opportunity runs 8-13 consecutive weeks and usually starts a few weeks before the start of our summer programs. Under the supervision and guidance of the Program Director and The Community House Recreation Supervisors, the Recreation intern will have the opportunity to expand their education. Interns are exposed to all areas of operations, from administration, budgeting, leadership, staff management, programming, special events, and facility/maintenance. Students will be provided the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge, to the following programs: Summer Day Camps, Leagues, Sports Camps, Art Programming, Special Events, Enrichment Camps, and Active Adult/Senior Programs.

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• Work in areas of program development, written and oral communication, budgeting, training/management of employees, evaluation of both programs & personnel, marketing and special events.

• Experience registration software processes, financial reporting and brochure proofing.

• Gain direct leadership experience by conducting programs and special events.

• Plans, prepares and participates in recreation programs and special events.

• Assists with the planning, set-up, execution and tear down of special events.

• Responsible for the well-being, safety and care of children and youth attending programs.

• Responsible for creating a fun and energetic environment for the program participants on a daily basis.

• Work in a team-based environment supporting the Recreation Team.

• Interact with guests, parents, and participants in a positive and professional manner, utilizing excellent guest service standards.

• Maintain professional attitudes and relationships with parents, participants, and co-workers.

• Adhere to The Community House rules and regulations including proper attire, safety procedures, and overall professionalism.

• Participate in safety training and respond to emergencies in an appropriate manner.

• Performs other duties as assigned.


• Be currently enrolled, or a recent graduate of a university or junior college pursuing or having completed a degree in Parks & Recreation, Youth Programming, Sports Management or similar field.

• To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

• 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 by hire date or be able to attend The Community House training to become certified).


Intern hours will vary, depending on the weekly activities and special events; however, the Intern will work approximately 25-40 hours per week, including nights and weekends when needed. The schedule is usually Monday through Friday but may vary, depending on the weekly activities and special events.

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 The Community House


Kelci Bednar

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled

 $600 per week ($15/hour)

The Geneva Park District is seeking a highly motivated individual eager to learn with a focus in program and facility management within the recreation field. The Recreation Department is responsible for a variety of programs, facilities, services, and special events in the community.
Under the direct supervision of the Aquatics & Facility Manager, this unique opportunity will offer the intern a chance to work closely with our recreation supervisors and facility managers, learn about program/facility management and administration and work on projects within our recreation department. The areas of focus include: Athletics, Before and After School Care, Summer Camp, Dance, Aquatics, Fitness Center Operations, Mini-Golf and Peck Farm Park. The Recreation Intern should be an energetic student who is enthusiastic about the field of parks and recreation, creative, mature and eager to learn. The summer Recreation Intern program is an 8-12-week position that works with a qualified, well-rounded team of recreation professionals.

This intern will work closely with recreation supervisors and facility managers to gain experience in planning, executing, evaluating, staffing and management of multiple recreation programs and facilities. Learn to communicate effectively with patrons and staff, while demonstrating support of the park district customer service standards. Learn the nuances of staffing, scheduling and managing part-time staff. Gain insight and behind the scenes access to our recreation programming and facilities. Assist with special events.

Intern candidates must be enrolled in a current accredited university, pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in recreation, leisure services, facility management, or related field of interest. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and provide their own transportation and housing. Students should demonstrate knowledge of community recreational programming; exceptional customer service and leadership skills; good judgment, initiative, flexibility, and creativity. Must be able to work independently in day-to-day operations with general supervision and communicate effectively with the public, patrons, and co-workers.

Qualified applicants should submit an employment application online at Full job description is available within application. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and 2-3 professional references as a part of their application.

Contact Joey Kalwat at or call 630-232-4501

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 Geneva Park District


Joey Kalwat

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


Exciting Internship Opportunity for Recreation Students:
Are you passionate about recreation and eager to turn your enthusiasm into a rewarding professional journey in parks and recreation? Look no further! We have the perfect opportunity for you to embark on a season of learning, growth, and fun.

About Us:
Join our dynamic team of parks and recreation professionals dedicated to providing exceptional recreation experiences. We pride ourselves on fostering a vibrant environment that enriches lives, builds community, and creates memorable experiences. 

Salary and Benefits:
Complimentary beach pass and fitness membership

Days & Hours:
12+ week internship (May - August).
  • Hours are Monday-Friday, between 9 AM-5 PM, with occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.

Internship Highlights:
  • Hands-On Experience: Dive into the world of recreation with hands-on tasks and projects that will allow you to apply your skills and knowledge in a real-world setting.
  • Mentorship: Benefit from mentorship by seasoned professionals who are passionate about helping you succeed and guiding you on your career path.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with recreation professionals from affiliate organizations. Build relationships that will last beyond your internship.
  • Skill Development: Enhance your skills in event planning, program development, customer engagement, and more. Gain valuable insights that will set you apart in your future career.
  • Innovative Project: Contribute your fresh ideas and creativity in a personalized project that will challenge you and the organization.
  • Fun Environment: Join a team that knows how to balance hard work with a positive and fun atmosphere. We believe in enjoying what we do!

  • Currently working towards and presently enrolled in an accredited college degree program in "Parks and Recreation" or a related field.
  • Knowledge of the theories, practices, and philosophies of community recreational programming is strongly desired.
  • Willingness to work in all areas pertaining to recreation programs and facility operations.
  • Ability to work well with the public and fellow employees and present themselves professionally.
  • The intern must also possess a current and valid driver's license, have reliable transportation and pass a criminal background check.

Required Knowledge:
Good understanding and working knowledge of community recreational programming theories, practices, and philosophies. Knowledge, experience, and proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, and computer applications.
Required Skills:
  • Strong ability to communicate in a professional and friendly manner with employees and customers 
  • Must be organized and able to coordinate multiple activities without direct supervision.
  • Ability to assess and solve problems as they arise.
  • Demonstrate good professional judgment, initiative, flexibility, and creativity.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist in planning and executing recreational events and programs.
  • Engage with participants and ensure a positive experience for all.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of Glencoe Park District policies, procedures, and operations and enforce them in a positive manner.
  • Visit, observe, and participate in different phases of the agency facilities, programs, services, and operations.
  • Assist in organizing, planning, and implementing summer camp activities.
  • Keep program and work supplies, equipment, and facility areas clean, organized, and safe.
  • Communicate openly, honestly, and professionally at all times.
  • Must demonstrate safety awareness and follow safety protocols.
  • Attend all meetings as required including board meetings and affiliate organization meetings.
  • Complete all duties as assigned by the Program Manager(s).
How to apply:
Apply online at

Glencoe Park District is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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 Glencoe Park District


Erika Doroghazi

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


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 Park District and 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 will include evenings and /or weekends.

Under the supervision of the Director of Recreation and experienced Park District staff, Recreation Interns will have the opportunity to expand their education:
  • Assist with development, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of Park District activities, events, and projects, including aquatic services, customer service, community events, fitness operations, athletics, summer camps, senior and adult programs and virtual programs.
  • Collaborate with other Department Heads (Business Services, Marketing and Parks) to ensure working knowledge of all areas. Complete assigned tasks in areas outside of the recreation department as necessary to ensure a well-rounded experience.
  • Assist with implementation and execution of assigned Gurnee Days Festival activities.
  • Contribute to the development of marketing and promotional initiatives for Gurnee Park District.
  • Complete reports, evaluations, and documentation for participant and staff feedback.
  • Review and update assigned manuals and training process ensuring consistency across programs.
  • Assist with the scheduling, training, and providing direction for part-time/temporary and volunteer staff.
  • Education: Must be a student in good academic standing currently enrolled in, or have recently completed, a college undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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 Gurnee Park District


Mike Wick

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled


The Mokena Community Park District is seeking an outgoing and enthusiastic intern. As an intern, you will be given the opportunity to learn various aspects of the Recreation Department along with hands-on experience in the fitness center, parks and maintenance, finance department, and marketing. 

We are looking for interns for Summer 2024 and Fall 2024. 
The Mokena Community Park District owns 256 acres of property, serves a region of over 20 square miles, and provides recreational services to a population of approximately 23,000 people. We have a recreation center, program center, splash park, dog park, disc golf course, and 21 park sites.

-Must be currently pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in recreation, leisure studies, or a related field
-Ability to deal with problems, and follow directions 
-Organized and managed time effectively
-Able to maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees, participants, and the public
-Strong problem-solving and communication skills
-Knowledge and ability to assist in planning, organizing or creating recreation programs and events 

Job Duties:
-Supervise, plan, and evaluate programs, camps and events 
-Assist in each department: Recreation, Parks, Finance, Fitness, and Administration 
-Submit reports to the Superintendent and college/university as requested
-Assist in marketing and preparing the seasonal brochure
-Assists with program registrations and fitness center memberships
-Works all special events during the internship
-Perform other duties as assigned

Job Requirements: 
-CPR/AED Certified or obtain certification within 30 days
-Valid driver's license and provide own transportation
-Some evening and weekend work required 
-Must pass a background check

Send a cover letter and resume to Kara Jelderks at 

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 Mokena Community Park District


Kara Jelderks

 Closing Date

Open Until Filled