Minneapolis Parks and Recreation offers a wide range of internship opportunities for college students and graduates that assist in bridging the gap between the educational experience and the professional work environment. Interns gain valuable skills and connections that very often lead to future opportunities with the City of Minneapolis, with other municipalities, and with other public and private sector organizations. Types of work include accounting, marketing, clerical duties, park maintenance, programming for recreation centers, environmentalism, tree planting, and more. You will have real responsibilities, while continuing to learn and refine your leadership skills. A ** indicates a deadline coming up, so apply soon!

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Athletics/Aquatics Internship**

Position Information:

Plan, schedule, promote, and coordinate the implementation of athletic and aquatic programs in alignment with the mission, vision, values, goals and objectives of the MPRB and meet the needs and interests of diverse communities.

Interns will:

  1. Develop skills required of a new professional in the parks and recreation field;
  2. Participate in the administrative, managerial and organizational functions of the department;
  3. Assist in facility management, and processing permits;
  4. Learn regulations and policies as applicable to the internship;
  5. Develop and implement services and programs;
  6. Develop public and community relations’ strategies;
  7. Work directly

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will provide:

  1. An environment where future professionals participate in developing and providing recreation services in an organization committed to the preservation, maintenance and management of natural resources and the leisure services and facilities associated with those resources;
  2. Professional and supervisory staff to support and guide the intern;
  3. Access to resources necessary to deliver programs and services;
  4. An orientation program, job preparation workshop and weekly in-depth classroom style trainings;
  5. Exposure to a variety of program services;
  6. A minimum of one project for which the intern is solely responsible;
  7. A staff uniform;
  8. A commitment to all requirements established by the educational department.

Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide information about MPRB programs, facilities and amenities to walk up customers and callers.
  • Work directly with the public in person and over the phone in regard to service requests, complaints and compliments.
  • Provide customer service for and process in-person and web-based program registrations, reservations and fees.
  • Assist in the recruitment of participants and coaches.
  • Assist with equipment inventory, purchasing and distribution.
  • Work with ActiveNet and Team Sideline to create schedules, maintain standings and participant information.
  • Assist with organizing and summarizing of invoices for officials.
  • Assist in planning athletic events and provide coaching and training to participants, coaches, leaders, and officials.
  • Provide onsite supervision of youth and adult league games and special events.
  • Work with community/neighborhood residents and neighborhood associations and athletic councils to provide youth sports programs and special events.
  • Performing related work as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Class level: senior, needing internship credit for degree program. May consider other class level applicants.
  • Field of study: Must be currently enrolled in Park and Recreation Administration, Recreation Programming, Recreation Facility Management, Public Administration, Kinesiology, Business, Sports Management or a closely related field
  • Must have a GPA in good academic standing (meets minimum GPA requirements, not on probation)
  • Demonstrate exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Applicants must pass a criminal history background check

Compensation:

$13.25 / hour, based upon qualifications

Hours:

  • Required to work alternate work schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • 40 hours per week
  • Flexible and will be established within educational requirements
  • Maximum length of internship is 14 weeks (560 hours, May – August)

To Apply:

Apply by submitting the following materials:

  1. Resume summarizing education and professional experiences
  2. Cover letter including reason for interest in a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board internship
  3. 3 references
  4. 1 recommendation letter by Professor/advisor

Ann Heath, Recreation Service Area Manager
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411

  • All items must be submitted together.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Deadline to apply:

March 13, 2020 at 4 pm

Direct questions to:

Tim Grate, Athletic Program Manager
2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411
612-230-6491, tgrate@minneapolisparks.org

Outdoor Education Internship**

Role Summary:

North Mississippi Regional Park is hiring four outdoor education interns, between the ages of 14-18 years old, to help with summer camps and nature programs, learn job skills, explore environmental careers and earn money!

Work will be based out of Kroening Interpretive Center in North Mississippi Regional Park located at 4900 North Mississippi Court, Minneapolis, MN, 55430.

Outdoor education interns acquire skills from our professional naturalist team. Interns will assist summer camp instructors. Participate in all activities with the group; teaching skills, providing encouragement and support. Serve as a role model by demonstrating high standards of personal conduct. Assist Naturalist staff with public programs for community members of all ages. Work as a team with other interns to plan and put on, Neighborhood Nights, a weekly outdoor program for families and children. Participate in weekly hands-on projects to gain scientific and environmental knowledge and skills. Attend intern group meetings and individual supervisor check-ins. Meet and talk with park visitors of all ages.

This is a 12-week summer program with a schedule of 25 hours/week during the summer and potential to continue on weekends in the school year. The summer program begins on June 8th and ends on August 28th. Schedule varies by week, but shifts can occur between 8am-9pm, including weekends

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Show enthusiasm about learning new things
  • Enjoy talking with people and meeting new people
  • Have the ability to work well with children
  • Demonstrate a courteous and friendly attitude with all types of people
  • Follow instructions of on-site supervisors
  • Desire to gain new work skills and improve decision-making and communication skills
  • Display dedication to developing good work ethic and personal skills (dependable, responsible, proper work conduct, and maintaining a positive attitude)
  • Have the ability to lift 30 lbs, hike uneven terrain and be outsides in all weather conditions (sun and rain)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be between the ages of 14-18.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to communicate in a language other than English

Compensation:

$10.50 / hour

Hours:

25 hours per week, 6/8/2020-8/28/2020


To Apply:

Apply by submitting a completed application and resume to:

Anna Toenjes
4900 North Mississippi Court
Minneapolis, MN 55430
AToenjes@minneapolisparks.org

2020 Outdoor Education Intern Announcement and Application [PDF]

Open until April 3, 2020

Planning Internship**

Role Summary:

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) will hire two (2) motivated interns to assist the Planning Division over the summer months. Interns will primarily work outdoors counting visitors to the regional parks and trails of Minneapolis. Additional duties include assistance with community engagement, information gathering, analysis, and other tasks related to current projects and strategic initiatives.
The Planning Division provides expertise to lead, advise, and guide the development and redevelopment of the Minneapolis park system. The division oversees park system analysis and master planning, capital program development, real estate management, design and engineering, and park construction administration.

Qualifications:

  • Course of study related to urban studies, environmental sciences, landscape architecture, or park and leisure studies
  • Demonstrated interest in parks and open space
  • Self-motivated, organized, and able to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Computer skills including MS Office Suite and Adobe CS; ArcGIS skills a plus
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to work outdoors in varied weather conditions
  • Must be available weekends and holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day)

Desired Experience

  • Coursework and/or experience in strategic planning, environmental studies, urban design, or recreation management
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations

Compensation:

$13.25 / hour

Hours:

35-38 hours weekly
Week of May 18th through September 11, 2020


To Apply:

Apply by submitting a resume and cover letter detailing your availability and reason(s) for interest in the position in either MS Word (.doc) or Adobe (.pdf) format to:

Madeline Hudek
2117 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
mhudek@minneapolisparks.org

Open until March 13, 2020 @ 4pm

Recreation Centers and Programs Internship**

Position Information:

Assist in the development and delivery of recreation programs and services that are in alignment with the mission, vision, values, goals and objectives of the MPRB and meet the needs and interests of diverse communities. Plan, schedule, promote, coordinate and manage the implementation of recreation programs, youth sports and special events.

Interns will:

  1. Develop skills required of a new professional in the parks and recreation field;
  2. Participate in the administrative, managerial and organizational functions of the department;
  3. Assist in facility management, and processing permits;
  4. Learn regulations and policies as applicable to the internship;
  5. Develop and implement services and programs;
  6. Work directly in the recreation centers to build an efficient knowledge of the day to day activities, programs and community.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will provide:

  1. An environment where future professionals participate in developing and providing recreation services in an organization committed to the preservation, maintenance and management of natural resources and the leisure services and facilities associated with those resources;
  2. Professional and supervisory staff to support and guide the intern;
  3. Access to resources necessary to deliver programs and services;
  4. An orientation program, job preparation workshop and weekly in-depth classroom style trainings;
  5. Exposure to a variety of program services;
  6. A minimum of one project for which the intern is solely responsible;
  7. A staff uniform;
  8. A commitment to all requirements established by the educational department.

Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Plan, develop, implement, manage, and evaluate diversified recreation activities and sports, for preschool, children, teens, families, adults, people with special needs or disabilities and senior citizen, programs for one or more recreation centers ensuring the activities meet the current and future needs of the Division.
  • Collaboratively work with other park personnel, neighborhood and community councils, sport groups, and other agencies to ensure proper implementation of Park Board policies, programs and services.
  • Increase access and participation in recreation programs, enhance public relations, market program services, effectively handle complaints and facilitate cooperative recreation programming.
  • Assist in planning of special events, working with other staff, volunteers and representatives from other organizations.
  • Assist with volunteers, providing guidance, coaching, and leadership while dealing with problems and issues as they arise.
  • Assist in scheduling recreation facilities to assure maximum utilization involving physical, social, environmental and cultural events that best fit the community
  • Assist in registration and attendance records; write program descriptions and schedule staff and building.
  • Support in performing administrative functions relating to ActiveNet, budgeting, scheduling, fee collection, managing and scheduling facility rentals, securing facility revenue and youth sports.
  • Strategically work variable hours and work on-site during programs and special events to ensure success and safety. Work schedule will be primarily afternoons, evenings and some weekends.

Requirements:

  •  Class level: senior, needing internship credit for degree program. May consider other class level applicants.
  • Field of study: Must be currently enrolled in Park and Recreation Administration, Recreation Programming, Recreation Facility Management, Public Administration, Kinesiology, Business, Sports Management or a closely related field
  • Must have a GPA in good academic standing (meets minimum GPA requirements, not on probation)
  • Demonstrate exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Applicants must pass a criminal history background check

Compensation:

$13.25 / hour, based upon qualifications

Hours:

  • Required to work alternate work schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • 40 hours per week
  • Flexible and will be established within educational requirements
  • Maximum length of internship is 14 weeks (560 hours, May – August)

To Apply:

Apply by submitting the following materials:

  1. Cover letter including reason for interest in a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board internship
  2. Resume summarizing education and professional experiences
  3. 3 references
  4. 1 recommendation letter by Professor/advisor

Ann Heath, Recreation Service Area Manager
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411

  • All items must be submitted together.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Deadline to apply:

March 13, 2020 at 4 pm

Direct questions to:

Ann Heath, Service Area Manager
2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411
612-230-6491, tgrate@minneapolisparks.org

Youth Development Internship**

Position Information:

Work together with Youth Development staff to develop mentoring relationships with youth ages 12 through 17 to support and encourage them to build on the strengths and capabilities needed to be positively involved theircommunity while preparing to be successful adults. Work collaboratively with Recreation staff to engage youth at the recreation centers and parks within the Minneapolis Park and Recreation System.

Interns will:

  1. Develop skills required of a new professional in the parks and recreation and youth development field;
  2. Participate in the administrative, managerial and organizational functions of the department;
  3. Assist in program development and outreach.
  4. Learn regulations and policies as applicable to the internship;
  5. Develop and implement youth recreation programs, events that focus on 6 core values. Which include; Health and Wellness, Education and Career Development, Prevention and Intervention and Safety, Leadership Development, Recreation Programs and Activities and Life Skills Learning.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will provide:

  1. An environment where future professionals participate in developing and providing recreation services in an organization committed to the preservation, maintenance and management of natural resources and the leisure services and facilities associated with those resources;
  2. Professional and supervisory staff to support and guide the intern;
  3. Access to resources necessary to deliver programs and services;
  4. An orientation program, job preparation workshop and weekly in-depth classroom style trainings;
  5. Exposure to a variety of program services;
  6. A minimum of one project for which the intern is solely responsible;
  7. A staff uniform;
  8. A commitment to all requirements established by the educational department

Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist MPRB in identifying and addressing recreation needs, and leadership of underserved and
    underrepresented communities.
  • Engage with youth in mentorship relationships providing leadership, support and encouragement.
  • Provide out of school time programs and activities that engage youth in positive recreational activities that explore their interests and promote positive relationship with peers and adults.
  • Identify and implement outreach strategies to connect with youth and youth work professionals at schools, libraries, faith-based institutions and other youth service agencies to increase youth involvement in positive recreational programs.
  • Perform administrative functions relating to program development, budgeting, scheduling, and associated activities.
  • Work schedule will be primarily afternoons, evenings and some weekends.

Requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled or accepted into a degree program
    • Class level(s): freshman, sophomore, junior, senior
    • Field of study: Must be currently enrolled in Park and Recreation Administration, Recreation Programming, Youth Development, Youth Studies, Recreation Facility Management, Public Administration, Business, or a closely related field
    • Must have a GPA in good academic standing (meets minimum GPA requirements, not on probation)
  • Demonstrate exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Applicants must pass a criminal history background check

Compensation:

$13.25 / hour

Hours:

  •  Required to work alternate work schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • 40 hours per week
  • Flexible and will be established within educational requirements
  • Maximum length of internship is 14 weeks (560 hours, April – August)

To Apply:

Apply by submitting the following materials:

  1. Application
  2. Cover letter including reason for interest in a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board internship
  3. Resume summarizing education and professional experiences
  4. 3 references
  5. 1 recommendation letter by Professor/advisor

Ann Heath, Recreation Service Area Manager
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55411

  • All items must be submitted together.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Deadline to apply:

March 13, 2020 at 4 pm

Direct questions to:

Ann Heath, Service Area Manager
2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411
612-230-6491, tgrate@minneapolisparks.org


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