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Internship Program

Our internship program provides students with a well-rounded "hands on" learning experience. It introduces you to all aspects of a diverse parks and recreation program. It reflects what we do to provide necessary services to the community.

Minimum Qualifications

A candidate must be currently enrolled and earning credit towards one of the following degrees: Parks and Recreation, Exercise Sports Management, or other related field. They must be self-motivated and committed to the profession. Applicants must have excellent interpersonal, written and computer skills with Microsoft Office. Certification in First-Aid/CPR/AED is preferred. Background checks are required.

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to:

Tampa Parks and Recreation Department
Internship Program
3402 W. Columbus Drive
Tampa, FL 33607

Testimony

Tyler in Department Uniform

Tyler D.
Intern in Spring '21

My experience interning for Tampa Parks and Recreation was a great one. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the department worked hard to try and make sure I was safe, but that I also got to see as much as I could while still learning. I didn’t expect there to be as much going on in the department as there was, and I didn’t even get to see the department running at full capacity. There is so much more to experience in Parks and Recreation than one might originally believe. My favorite aspect of working with this department was the variety of work that was done; for example, one week I was doing physical labor keeping parks clean and the next week I was supervising children at a Spring Break camp, then the next week I was observing daily work in the pools. Overall, this internship experience allowed me to experience a lot of different aspects of the citywide recreation industry while also allowing me to sharpen my soft skills especially, but also some hard skills.