Parks and Recreational Camps

Full descriptions of the following Internship Opportunities are available in the Internship Files located at the St. Ben’s and St. John’s Career Resource Centers.


ONGOING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are listed in alphabetical order. These organizations offer internships year round or every summer. Check the listing for details.

ARCHIVED OPPORTUNITIES are listed in alphabetical order. Don’t overlook these organizations who’ve offered internships in the past. If you find an organization that interests you, check their website or contact them directly for information about current opportunities.




Wilderness Inquiry (WI) – Minneapolis, MN                                             ON-GOING

Wilderness Inquiry (WI) is currently searching for professional Outdoor Leaders and interns for the upcoming winter and summer seasons.  The primary responsibility of the Trail Leader is to insure the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of WI experiences.  The ability to plan, implement and follow through with responsibilities is essential.  This job requires wilderness leadership aptitude, excellent people skills, the ability to oversee projects independently, and strong communication skills.   The intern must be interested in leading trips for people of all abilities, including people with disabilities.  This is a paid position.

Skyhawks - Woodbury, MN                                                                    ON-GOING

Skyhawks provides sports programs for children ages 4-14.   Programs include summer day camps and after-school programs.  Their focus is to provide the best program for beginning and intermediate level child-athletes in a fun and safe environment.  They are currently seeking an On-Site Program Director/Sports Coordinator.  This intern would implement the sports program schedule at the camp - games, skills, breaks.  They also would work directly with elementary school-aged children to teach basic sport skills, manage coaching staff and evaluate their performance, assist with inventory management, provide and maintain a safe environment for children. 

Courage Center - Minneapolis, MN                                                 ON-GOING

Courage Center is a nonprofit organization that provides rehabilitation services to people with disabilities and sensory impairments. This organization has been open since 1928. Positions are available in Medical Rehabilitation & Education, Sports and Recreation, and Residential Services. These interns are a great way to real life experiences and situations that will help you to grow in your profession.


Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department – Andover, MN

The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for a summer internship position in the area of parks administration and planning. This internship will provide exposure to a wide variety of experiences in the areas of park administration, operation, planning, and landscape architecture. The position will report to the Director of Parks and Recreation and be housed at the parks headquarters located in Bunker Hills Regional Park.

Blazing Adventures – Aspen, Colorado

Blazing Adventures is an outdoor adventure company offering  internships to students of recreation and leisure studies during their busy summer season.  Blazing Adventures is committed to providing students in Leisure, Tourism, or Outdoor Recreation programs with hands-on experience and training in the field of planning and organizing outdoor recreational and cultural excursions within the Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado areas. There are currently 3 positions available: reservations/sales, group services, and guiding.  All of these positions are paid.

Camp Adventure Youth Service – Cedar Falls, IA

Camp Adventure is a youth service program that provides youth services to children in 20 countries world wide.  They are currently seeking youth service interns for the summer of 2004.  These interns will help Camp Adventure to provide children with a development of knowledge, skills and competencies by integrating theory with practice.  Camp Adventure provides their interns with airfare, housing, travel expenses and a daily food stipend.

ADDRESS:    Camp Adventure Youth Service
1223 W. 22nd St. 
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

PHONE:        (800) 252-2118FAX: (319) 273-2058


WEBSITE:     [email protected]

Camp Fire USA Minnesota Council – Chisago City and Excelsior, MN

Camp Fire USA Minnesota Council is a non-profit organization that services youth, teens and families in after school programming and summer camp programs.  The camp is offering counselor positions in Chisago City and Excelsior.  The internships are available from June 1 through August 27, 2005. The internships are paid from $2,160 to $2,760 per season. Free room and board is also available.  Applications are available to download online at

The application deadline is May 15.

PHONE:        (651) 632-9194


Camp Gray – Reedsburg, WI

Camp Gray is a summer program which serves 130 youth in grades 1-12. The program emphasizes community building, faith development, and fun through traditional activities such as arts and crafts, fishing, and horseback riding,  Camp Gray is offering an internship from June 5 – August 17, 2003. This internship is for individuals with a strong Christian faith, the ability to work as a member of a team, and a willingness to accept individuals of many different backgrounds.  Internship positions include: counselor, kitchen assistant, stables assistant, health assistant, program director, and program assistant.  This is a paid internship.

CONTACT:     Camp Gray

ADDRESS:    E102113 Shady Lane Rd. Reedsburg, WI 53959

PHONE:        (800) 711-GRAY (4729)

E-MAIL:        [email protected]

City of Blaine – Blaine, MN

The City of Blaine is offering a part-time to full-time internship. The internship will be part-time from April to May and full-time June through August.  The intern is responsible for assisting and program planning, implementation, and evaluation of the summer youth programs, youth softball, and/or day camp programs.  The intern’s essential duties and responsibilities include: assisting with planning, coordinating and implementing daily recreational and educational activities; recruiting and scheduling volunteers; assisting in the evaluation of summer staff; preparing and distributing program information, activity flyers, and promotional materials; attending community meetings as needed; and maintaining accurate records and statistics.  The intern should have the ability to lead and supervise a wide variety of recreational activities for elementary age youth, ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with city staff and the general public, and ability teach participants and lead part-time staff as demonstrated by previous experience.  The intern should be of junior or senior standing with a declared major in recreation, parks or leisure services, possess a valid driver’s license, and have experience working with word processing and publishing software programs. For further information contact Kristin Abel.  To apply, send application materials to Sheri Chesness.

CONTACT:     Kristin Abel or Sheri Chesness

ADDRESS:    laine City Hall Human Resource Office 
                10801 Town Square Drive  
                Blaine, MN 55449

PHONE:        (763) 717-2679 (763) 717-2624

EMAIL:         [email protected]


City of Columbia Heights – Columbia Heights, MN

The City of Columbia Heights is looking for a Recreation Program Coordinator.  This intern will assist the Recreation Director in the development and direction of youth and adult sports programs and activities and supervise and evaluate such programs and activities to ensure their smooth operation.  Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Recreation Director.  This is a paid position. 

City of Nisswa - Nisswa, MN

The Nisswa, Minnesota Park & Recreation Department is currently seeking out applications for an intern to aid us in our summer programs.  We feel the opportunities available here at Nisswa would be very beneficial to an intern.  Intern responsibilities would include; aiding the Park Director in planning, organizing and incrementing a full-scale summer T-ball, baseball, and softball program, Safety Town program, tennis and Junior Golf programs.  In addition the intern will also gain experience in aiding in the programming, grant writing, fundraising and internal financial. 

City of Shakopee – Shakopee, MN

The City of Shakopee is accepting applications for a Recreation Intern who will be responsible for the planning, implementation and supervision of summer sports and programs for youth and teens.  Must be available to work full-time the entire summer season, (11 weeks).  To qualify you must be 18 years or older, posses a valid drivers license, and be currently enrolled as a student in recreation/leisure services or related field.  Previous experience working with youth and recreational activities desirable.  This is a paid position.

Conway Community Recreation Center - St. Paul, MN

Conway Community Recreation Center is currently seeking a Child Care Lead Instructor in 3 different locations.  These interns perform responsible technical work involving the planning, organizing and implementation of a school age child care program.  This internship is for 40 hours a week and is a paid position, Monday – Friday.  The three different locations of the internship are Battle Creek Community Center, Hayden Heights Community Recreation Center, and Conway Community Recreation Center. 

Iowa Lakes Community College – Estherville, IA

Iowa Lakes Community College is sponsoring an Upward Bound Summer Camp and is seeking sixty-five students to serve as tutor/counselors during the summer of 2004.  Tutor/counselors will be responsible for students on a 24-hour basis with the assistance of nine other residential staff members. During this internship, INTERNS will assure that dormitory discipline and related matters are handled fairly, prepare and lead enrichment activities as assigned, and work with program staff to enforce program policies.  This position is available to juniors or seniors with a cumulative GPA above 2.75.  The intern tutor/counselor must live in the dorm with students from June 14-July 23, with free weekends, and orientation June 9-11.  There is a $1,500 salary plus room and board with this position.  If interested, contact Cindy Oviatt to receive an application form.  Applications must be completed and returned by March 14

CONTACT:     Cindy Oviatt                             
Human Resources Office

ADDRESS:    Iowa Lakes Community College       
19 South 7th Street                   
Estherville, IA 51334

PHONE:        (800) 242-5106 ext. 438  or (712) 362-0438

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board - Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is looking for an Environmental Specialist Student Intern. This position will assist with monitoring of lakes and waterways in association with a variety of projects including the Chain of Lakes Clean Water Partnership program. The position runs from April to October 1st. The position is part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer. This is a paid position.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Carlos, MN

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a summer internship opportunity for a park operations intern at Lake Carlos State Park.  The intern’s duties will include: providing the public with park information, answering and properly routing telephone calls, explaining park rules and regulations, registering campers, selling park merchandise and working with the campground reservation system.  All interns must have completed at least one year of college, have a knowledge in natural resource management, a major or minor in biology, botany, forestry, wildlife, park and recreation management, Minnesota history, environmental education and interpretation, natural resources, or management, and have the ability to work well with other people.  The intern will be working full time between mid-may and Labor Day.  This is a paid position.  To apply send a resume, transcript, and cover letter to the information listed below.

CONTACT:     Ronald M. Kuschel, Manager
Lake Carlos State Park

ADDRESS:    2601 Cty Road 38 NE                  
Carlos, MN 56319

PHONE:        (320) 852-7200

EMAIL:         [email protected]

Mounds View Community Center/YMCA – Mounds View, MN

The internship program at MVCC/YMCA is designed to give the intern a professional experience in his/her area. The internship will be coordinated through the college or university internship program representative. Responsibilities would include reporting to the Director and maintaining ongoing communication with this staff member through scheduled weekly meeting. Interns are given direct programming responsibilities to include budgeting, public relation/promotions, registration, program evaluation, staff treating and other duties.

People Serving People – Minneapolis, MN

People Serving People currently has a Children’s Recreation internship available.  This intern will work closely with the Children’s Recreation staff to facilitate and lead recreational activities for children ages 3-17.  The intern will serve as a positive role model to help plan and promote fun, educational activities for a wide variety of children staying at the shelter.

Trails-Dispersed Recreation-Wilderness Ranger – Eagle River, WI

This company is looking for an intern that will work in the summer. The length of the internship would be from June-August. This is a paid internship. The responsibilities would include assisting in the operation of all dispersed recreation sites, performing maintenance of trails, conduct trail surveys, and recommend trail rehabilitation.

Yosemite National Park – California

The park is seeking a Resource Interpretation/Educator and a Wilderness Management intern. The RI/E Intern will work in a visitor center in one of three areas in Yosemite, research and prepare walks, talks and campfire programs, and may rove a specific area to discuss park topics. The WM Intern will spend time in a wilderness permit office, issue backcountry permits, and discuss conditions with hikers and backpackers, and perform routine campsite maintenance. Qualifications include: upper-level student and a strong interest in resource preservation and management, a solid academic background in the natural or physical sciences, and an ability to communicate ideas effectively. The internships are for 12 weeks for spring semester or summer. The application deadline is February 1. You must show that the work you would do at Yosemite would contribute to your educational goals and that your college concurs with your assignment.