Parks & Recreation Internships

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​Interns​hip Information:

​​INTRODUCTION Welcome to the City of Phoenix! A state capital, Phoenix is the fifth largest city and one of the fastest growing cities in the southwestern United States. Named after the mythological bird, Phoenix rose from the ashes of an ancient civilization when the U.S military began re-establishing the area in 1865. Since its incorporation in 1881 as an agricultural community founded near irrigation farm land, Phoenix has grown into a dynamic business, tourism, and retirement center.

Phoenix is a four-time All American City and in 1993 won the Bertelsmann prize for the "The Best Run City in the World." The City of Phoenix values entrepreneurship, creativity, cooperation, and teamwork. For additional information on the City of Phoenix, visit the web page at www.phoenix.gov


Internship Goals:​

The Parks and Recreation Department Internship Program is designed to bridge the gap between formal academic training and practical work experience. Interns are integrated into the work force and become engaged in daily issues confronting professional staff in a public sector setting. Throughout the internship the department endeavors to:

Provide the student an opportunity to integrate theory and practice to his/her professional education, by encouraging the exchange of insights between the professional agency and the student.

Provide the student an opportunity to promote and expand his/her philosophy and understanding of the parks and recreation profession.

Enable the student to realize his/her own strengths and weaknesses.

Provide the student with the opportunity to gain experience in leadership, supervision and administrative functions within a recreation setting.

Help the student gain an understanding and appreciation of the roles, duties and responsibilities of a full-time professional and the people they serve.

Help the intern build networking skills.​


​​​​Intern Responsbilties:

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.

INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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.



Undergraduate 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.
  1. Procedure

1. In order to be considered, candidates must submit the following items:

  1. A. Cover letter
    B. Resume
    C. Copy of Official Transcripts
    D. Letter of recommendation from his/her academic advisor.
    E. Intern Application (25kb in Acrobat)
    F. Application materials must be received by the following deadline dates:

Fall-June 30 Winter/Spring-October 31 Summer-March 15

2. 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.

  1. Undergraduate Selection process is based on the following criteria:
    1. Practical work experience
    2. Educational performance
    3. Involvement with professional and academic organizations
    4. Letter of recommendation from academic advisor
    5. Interview performance
    6. Needs of both the intern and the department

Mailing Address:
City of Phoenix City Hall
Attention: Cynthia L. Brown
200 West Washington Street
16th Floor - Parks and Recreation Department
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Contact:
Cynthia Brown (602) 534-8222
cynthia.l.brown@phoenix.gov​

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GRADUATE QUALIFICATIONS:

Internship Purpose
To provide graduate students with an opportunity to integrate theoretical concepts with practical application under the supervision of successful and dedicated professionals.

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.

GRADUATE QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate level program such as recreation; parks; leisure services; planning and design/construction; management fields such as landscape architecture, business, marketing, and civil engineering; and other related fields (special education, physical education, public administration) who meets the internship criteria for both the university and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.

Students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 and a minimum 2.75 GPA in their field of study, or have exceptional field experience in the setting. Applicants must include a transcript.

Procedure:

1. In order to be considered, candidates must submit the following items:


  1. A. Cover letter
    B. Resume
    C. Copy of "Official" Transcripts
    D. Letter of recommendation from his/her academic advisor.
    E. Intern Application (25kb in Acrobat)
    F. Application materials must be received by the following deadline dates:
    Fall-June 30 Winter/Spring-October 31 Summer-March 15


2. 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.

Mailing Address:
City of Phoenix City Hall
Attention: Emmett Boyd
200 West Washington Street
16th Floor - Parks and Recreation Department
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Contact:
Emmett Boyd
(602) 534 8222
emmett.r.boyd@phoenix.gov


Frequently Asked Questions:

​1. Do I need a car during my internship?
Phoenix is a large, urban city with a growing public transportation system. However, work locations and hours may be varied so it is recommended that you have a car. You will receive reimbursement for mileage while utilizing your car on official City business. 

2. Where do I find housing?
Phoenix has a variety of housing options for interns. You may wish to contact the following sites: www.azfurnishedapartments.com or www.602aptrent.com

3. What is the dress code?
When you are out in the "field, the appropriate clothing attire is jeans or khakis, and casual long- or short-sleeve shirts. Professional attire should be worn at all times.

4. What is the weather like?
Phoenix is known for year-round sunshine, but temperatures can vary. The summer months, June through September, are extremely warm with intense daytime sunlight. October through December is mild. January through May has limited periods of rain and cool weather.

5. Will I be offered employment at the conclusion of the program?
There is no guarantee that you will be offered employment with our department. The skills you will develop will certainly enhance your employment opportunities.

6. Will I be covered by personal health insurance?
No. It is the intern's responsibility to provide personal medical coverage. You will be covered by workman's compensation while performing duties during your internship.

7. Will I be subject to a background check?
Yes. Interns will be finger printed and processed through the Federal Bureau of Investigations criminal database. You may be asked to take a drug test during your internship.

8. What will my work hours be?
Interns will be expected to work 35 to 40 hours per week which may include early mornings, late evenings, and/or weekends. The work schedule is set by the supervisor to whom you are assigned. You will rotate through different divisions within the department, so your work schedule will vary. Expect abnormal lunch hours, to attend grand openings and special events, and the occasional holiday off. City of Phoenix Holidays -- New Years Day, MLK Day, Presidents Day, Cesar Chavez's Birthday (observed only in Phoenix), Memorial Day, 4th of July, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday), Christmas (Eve and Day)

9. Will I be attending an orientation program?
Yes. You will attend an orientation, along with other new staff members, designed to familiarize you with the organization.

10. Will I be able to attend any training programs or seminars?
Yes. With your supervisor's permission, you will be able to attend free training and seminars available to the general staff.

11. Will I have to do a project?
Yes. Even if your college/university does not require you to complete a project while you are completing your internship, projects or assignments will be given to you; however, if your college/university does require a project, we will help tailor the project to meet your needs. Also, you will be expected to give an oral report/presentation in front of the administration team near the end of your internship.

12. Will I be compensated for the internship?
Yes. A predetermined stipend will be discussed during the interview.

13. Do you have a webpage?
Yes. www.phoenix.gov/parks/