Parks & Recreation Internships

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Learning Objectives

Specific learning objectives are contingent on the student's major course of study and professional goals. The internship will include opportunities to enhance knowledge, understanding, and skills in the following areas:
  • Program planning and implementation
  • Technical skills
  • Leadership techniques and skills
  • Organization and administrative procedures
  • Budgetary process and procedures
  • Finance and accounting
  • Area facility planning and development
  • Maintenance procedures and techniques
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Community development processes
  • Personnel development and supervision techniques
  • Park and open space planning, design, and construction
  • Performance measurements
  • Strategic planning
  • Interpersonal relationships with coworkers/supervisors, customers and/or diverse populations.

​​​​Intern Responsibilities:

Interns will be assigned to special projects to be completed under minimal supervision within a specific timeframe. The projects will be complex in nature and require in-depth research and analysis.

  • Familiarize yourself with the procedures/guidelines for the internship.
  • Create goals and objectives for your internship.
  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner.
  • Be timely with all required written communications.
  • Communicate effectively with your assigned supervisors.
  • Seek opportunities to complement your work and educational experiences.
  • Assist parks and recreation staff on projects and assignments.
  • Plan in advance for each area/project you are assigned to; ask questions if in doubt.
  • Practice excellence in your work.
  • Be flexible by working the times and dates assigned to you. You will have to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Notify your supervisor in advance of any anticipated absence from work within established City guidelines.
  • Evaluate each program and meeting you attend and discuss your observations with your supervisor. Be willing to offer new ideas.
  • Be appropriately dressed for all assignments.
  • Be friendly, courteous and treat everyone in all circumstances with dignity and respect. You are a representative of the City of Phoenix and the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Ask for advice from your supervisor or the Internship Coordinator regarding any problems you cannot successfully solve yourself.
  • Become involved in any opportunity presented to you.
  • Show initiative and creativity. Offer ideas and suggestions on program improvements.
  • Communicate openly, honestly and professionally with all people with whom you come in contact during your internship.
  • When you have free time, use that time to learn more about the operations of the department.

Applicant Qualifications:


  • Must be currently enrolled in a four-year accredited university or college studying parks and recreation management, leisure studies, or related curriculum.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Must be enrolled in upper division courses.


  • Must be currently enrolled in a accredited graduate level program studying parks and recreation management, leisure studies, or related curriculum.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a minimum field of study GPA of 2.75; or have exceptional combination of professional experience.

Selections are based on the following criteria:

  • Practical work experience

  • Educational performance

  • Involvement with professional and academic organizations

  • Letter of recommendation from academic advisor

  • Interview performance

Application Process:

1.  Candidates must prepare the following items:
Application materials must be received by the following deadline dates: Fall-June 30 Winter/Spring-October 31 Summer-March 15

A.  Cover letter
B.  Resume
C.  Copy of Official Transcripts
D.  Letter of recommendation from his/her academic advisor.
E.  Complete Internship Application

2.  Submit items to:

City of Phoenix City Hall
Attention: James Orloski
200 W. Washington St.
16th Floor - Parks and Recreation Department
Phoenix, AZ 85003

3.  Once the application packet is received, the internship coordinator will contact the individual candidate for an interview. Interviews can be conducted on site; if an on-site interview is not practical, a telephone interview will be arranged.


Contact Internship Coordinator James Orloski at