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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Outdoor Education Intern

Position Information:

North Mississippi Regional Park is hiring four outdoor education interns to help with summer camps and nature programs, learn job skills, explore environmental careers and earn money!

This is a 12-week summer program with a schedule of 25 hours/week during the summer and potential to continue some weekends in the school year. The summer program begins on June 10th and ends on August 30th
Schedule varies by week, but shifts can occur between 8am-9pm, including weekends

*Mandatory spring weekend training dates TBD

Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Outdoor education interns acquire skills from our professional naturalist team!
  • 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 peers and the community
  • Participate in weekly hands-on projects to gain scientific and environmental knowledge and skills
  • Attend intern group meetings, professional development and individual supervisor check-ins
  • Meet and talk with park visitors of all ages


  • Age 14-18 years old and like to spend time outside
  • 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)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience supervising children younger than yourself
  • Ability to communicate well in another language, in addition to English

Compensation: $10.25

Hours: 25

Request an application by emailing northmississippi@minneapolisparks.org by 04-08-2019

Kroening Interpretive Center
4900 Mississippi Court
Minneapolis, MN 55430

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 and evaluate diversified recreation activities.
  • 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.
  • Represent the Park Board in public meetings at outside agency committees, and community events.
  • Strategically work variable hours and work on-site during programs and special events to ensure success and safety
  • 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.


  • 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: $12.80 per hours based upon qualifications


  • 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)

Apply by submitting the following materials:

  1. Application
  2. Internship Supplemental form [PDF]
  3. Cover letter including reason for interest in a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board internship
  4. Resume summarizing education and professional experiences
  5. 3 references
  6. 1 recommendation letter by Professor/advisor

Ann Heath, Service Area Manger
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 1, 2019 by 4:00pm

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

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