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Internships

Overview

Our Professional Internship program provides an opportunity to apply and build on your academic knowledge while you advance your professional and technical skills in the workplace. Plus, you’ll get to work alongside one of the fastest growing, future-thinking, creatively-inclined professional teams in the country! Consider joining our team if you hope to grow, learn, and make a difference.

Programs Goals

The goals of the Professional Internship program are:

  • To provide interns with the experience upon which to build professional careers and practice the application of skills
  • To allow interns to apply, evaluate, test, and integrate academic knowledge and theoretical concepts in a work setting
  • To develop and expand interns’ knowledge about themselves and their professional abilities, goals, and career interests in a work setting
  • To expand interns’ awareness of the university campus and the field of campus recreation
  • To provide interns with experience in the disciplined and discriminatory use of evidence in making decisions and solving problems in a work setting
  • To enhance the perspective of the Division by bringing in novel perspective and creative ideas
  • To leverage specialized strengths and skills sets of the intern in order to augment the abilities of the professional staff

Positions

  • Aquatics Intern

    Not hiring at this time.

    The Aquatics Intern at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will gain valuable aquatic experience by assisting in the planning, development, and implementation of all aquatic related programs and services.

    General Expectations:

    • Develop professional relationships with coworkers and participants
    • Demonstrate a desire to learn and apply knowledge within the Division
    • Exhibit professionalism in dress, attitude, and work ethic
    • Contribute to the fulfillment of the Rec Sports mission and values
    • Attend leadership seminars, staff meetings, professional association meetings, and other relevant events as requested
    • Enforce Rec Sports policies and procedures to promote participant safety and satisfaction
    • Respond to emergency situations and adhere to established protocols

    Daily Responsibilities:

    • Assist hiring, training, scheduling, and leading a highly skilled aquatic staff: American Red Cross lifeguards, water safety instructors, and safety course instructors
    • Assist in the planning and implementation of a comprehensive learn- to-swim program
    • Develop and implement engaging in-service training sessions utilizing a variety of methods to maintain a highly trained staff
    • Evaluate programs and services to ensure excellence and quality
    • Assist with special events in aquatics
    • Assist managing the department’s safety protocols and procedures
    • Perform regular facility and equipment inspections
    • Collaborate with other interns to complete annual capstone project

    Requirements & Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in related field
    • Demonstrated communication, leadership, and organizational skills
    • Must possess current American Red Cross Lifeguarding certifications
    • Lifeguard Instructor Trainer and Water Safety Instructor preferred, but not required
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to accomplish tasks to meet deadlines

    Additional Information:

    • This is a double, temporary employment (LTE) allotting a total of 1043 hours for administrative work and 1043 hours for instructional purposes
    • Internship dates are approximate and will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018
    • Interns will be compensated at a rate of $15.00/hour for an average 30 hours per week
    • Allotted time off during winter break and spring break (approximately three weeks)
    • Position does require a criminal background investigation and a valid driver’s license
    • Housing, benefits, and health insurance are not included

    How to Apply:

    Please submit the following materials to our Human Resources Specialist, Whitney Thuecks, at whitney.thuecks@wisc.edu:

    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Three references
    • Unofficial transcripts
  • Competitive Sports Intern

    Not hiring at this time.

    The Competitive Sports Intern at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will gain valuable campus recreation and leadership experience by having active involvement in the overall program development, programming and evaluation of personnel. The intern will gain leadership experience in Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs programming, marketing, financial management, facility operations and personnel management, all while serving as a Rec Sports ambassador to the UW-Madison campus and community.

    General Expectations:

    • Develop professional relationships with coworkers and participants
    • Demonstrate a desire to learn and apply knowledge within the Division
    • Exhibit professionalism in dress, attitude, and work ethic
    • Contribute to the fulfillment of the Rec Sports mission and values
    • Attend leadership seminars, staff meetings, professional association meetings, and other relevant events as requested
    • Enforce Rec Sports policies and procedures to promote participant safety and satisfaction
    • Respond to emergency situations and adhere to established protocols

    Daily Responsibilities:

    • Assist with the supervision, management and mentorship of several student coordinators
    • Manage and execute programming responsibilities for select Intramural Sports leagues and special events, including revision of rules, marketing, monitoring of registration, communication with captains and participants, reschedules and playoff format, inventory control, assessment and evaluation
    • Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate Competitive Sports supervisors and Intramural Sports officials and scorekeepers
    • Serve as a liaison to select sport clubs, including all aspects of club oversight such as risk management, inventory, waiver collection, website update, monthly officer meetings and priority points tracking system
    • Maintain daily office hours to assist with the administrative duties including answering phone call and email correspondence, stocking first aid kits with proper supplies, record retention and filing, and customer service
    • Maintain a presence at Intramural Sports events and Sport Club practices and competitions
    • Collaborate with other interns to complete annual capstone project
    • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements & Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in related field
    • Demonstrated communication, leadership, and organizational skills
    • Event management, sport officiating and online scheduling software experience preferred
    • Ability to think creatively and critically to identify and solve problems
    • First Aid/CPR/ AED certification or ability to attain it within the first week of employment

    Additional Information:

    • This is a temporary employment (LTE) lasting 12 month or 1043 total hours
    • Internship dates are approximate and will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018
    • Interns will be compensated at a rate of $15.00/hour for an average 30 hours per week
    • Allotted time off during winter break and spring break (approximately three weeks)
    • Position does require a criminal background investigation and a valid driver’s license
    • Housing, benefits, and health insurance are not included

    How to Apply:

    Please submit the following materials to our Human Resources Specialist, Whitney Thuecks, at whitney.thuecks@wisc.edu:

    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Three references
    • Unofficial transcripts
  • Facility Reservation & Special Events Intern

    Not hiring at this time.

    The Facility Reservations and Events Intern at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Recreational Sports will gain valuable experience in facility scheduling & contracting, event management, and development of future scheduling procedures for new facilities. This intern will play an integral role in the day to day management of the Division of Rec Sports facilities and events.

    General Expectations:

    • Develop professional relationships with coworkers and participants
    • Demonstrate a desire to learn and apply knowledge within the Division
    • Exhibit professionalism in dress, attitude, and work ethic
    • Contribute to the fulfillment of the Rec Sports mission and values
    • Attend leadership seminars, staff meetings, professional association meetings, and other relevant events as requested
    • Enforce Rec Sports policies and procedures to promote participant safety and satisfaction
    • Respond to emergency situations and adhere to established protocols

    Daily Responsibilities:

    • Coordinate facility scheduling, events, rentals, and record-keeping throughout all recreational facilities and spaces
    • Build registration platforms for internal department programming through our recreation management software, Innosoft Fusion
    • Hire, train, manage, and evaluate student employees
    • Follow up with special event clients on post-event comments and concerns
    • Maintain database of former and potential clients within and outside of UW-Madison
    • Coordinate scheduling efforts with campus departments such as, Dance, Kinesiology, and Campus Event Planning
    • Work closely with campus stakeholders, such as Risk Management and Health Services
    • Research, purchase, maintain inventory of, and track all special event equipment
    • Communicate special event needs with facilities services, maintenance, grounds, and evening/overnight custodial
    • Serve as the point of contact for several special events, including some evening and weekend hours
    • Assist with establishing and implementing short- and long-term goals, strategic initiatives, policies, operating procedures, and assessments related to special events
    • Collaborate with other Interns to complete annual capstone project

    Requirements & Qualifications:

    • Achieved or advancing toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management, Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Management, or Marketing
    • Demonstrated communication, leadership, and organizational skills
    • Strong writing and proofreading skills
    • Working knowledge of event management trends
    • Ability to think creatively and critically to identify and solve problems
    • First Aid/CPR/ AED certification or ability to attain it within the first week of employment

    Additional Information:

    • This is a temporary employment (LTE) lasting 12 month or 1043 total hours
    • Internship dates are approximate and will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018
    • Interns will be compensated at a rate of $15.00/hour for an average 30 hours per week
    • Allotted time off during winter break and spring break (approximately three weeks)
    • Position does require a criminal background investigation and a valid driver’s license
    • Housing, benefits, and health insurance are not included

    How to Apply:

    Please submit the following materials to our Human Resources Specialist, Whitney Thuecks, at whitney.thuecks@wisc.edu:

    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Three references
    • Unofficial transcripts
  • Fitness Intern

    Not hiring at this time.

    The Fitness/Wellness Intern at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will gain valuable fitness programming experience by having active involvement in the social, mental, and physical wellness opportunities on campus. The intern will gain leadership experience by assisting in the management of the personal training and strength and conditioning program, while serving as a Rec Sports ambassador to the UW-Madison campus and community.

    General Expectations:

    • Develop professional relationships with coworkers and participants
    • Demonstrate a desire to learn and apply knowledge within the Division
    • Exhibit professionalism in dress, attitude, and work ethic
    • Contribute to the fulfillment of the Rec Sports mission and values
    • Attend leadership seminars, staff meetings, professional association meetings, and other relevant events as requested
    • Enforce Rec Sports policies and procedures to promote participant safety and satisfaction
    • Respond to emergency situations and adhere to established protocols

    Daily Responsibilities:

    • Assist with recruitment, training, and mentorship of personal training staff
    • Provide assistance in the delivery of in-service activities for personal trainers
    • Assist in the managing of trainer-client matching process
    • Maintain a personal training client load of at least four clients
    • Assist in the consulting with sport club coaches and athletes to devise team and individual workout programs for sport club athletes
    • Assist in the supervision of student staffing and programming of the Performance Training Center including personal training, small group training and Olympic Lifting training areas
    • Maintain accurate fiscal, payroll, incident, and accident reports
    • Manage and maintain updated CPR records for group fitness classes
    • Perform scheduled upkeep of personal training and performance training areas, including maintenance of major and minor equipment in these areas
    • Collaborate with other interns to complete annual capstone project

    Requirements & Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in related field
    • Demonstrated communication, leadership, and organizational skills
    • Personal training certification from a nationally accredited organization (NSCA, ACSM, ACE, NASM or other NCCA accredited body)
    • USA Weightlifting certification (preferred)
    • Ability to think creatively and critically to identify and solve problems
    • First Aid/CPR/ AED certification or ability to attain it within the first week of employment

    Additional Information:

    • This is a double, temporary employment (LTE) allotting a total of 1043 hours for administrative work and 1043 hours for personal training purposes
    • Internship dates are approximate and will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018
    • Interns will be compensated at a rate of $15.00/hour for an average 30 hours per week
    • Allotted time off during winter break and spring break (approximately three weeks)
    • Position does require a criminal background investigation and a valid driver’s license
    • Housing, benefits, and health insurance are not included

    How to Apply:

    Please submit the following materials to our Human Resources Specialist, Whitney Thuecks, at whitney.thuecks@wisc.edu:

    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Three references
    • Unofficial transcripts
  • Graphic Design & Multimedia Intern

    Not hiring at this time.

    The Graphic Design & Multimedia Intern at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Recreational Sports will gain valuable experience in content development, branding and communication strategies, project management, and student supervision. This intern will play an integral role as part of the Rec Sports team, developing high-level materials for potential donors and corporate sponsors and leading a group of talented students in design, photography, and videography.

    Daily Responsibilities:

    • Grow brand representation on campus through the planning and implementation of a consistent visual identity for promotional and educational materials
    • Develop and create content for students, faculty/staff, donors, corporations, and campus administrators to be distributed via the website, social media, emails, and printed materials
    • Assist in the development and execution of the annual Rec Sports marketing and communication plan
    • Contribute to conversations and planning for the Division’s rebranding, including participation in exercises with design agency
    • Assist the Coordinator of Marketing and Communications in managing graphic design and multimedia student staff (including developing schedules, delegating and coordinating assignments, offering creative feedback and constructive criticism, and enforcing deadlines)
    • Work with Coordinator of Marketing and Communications to evaluate the effectiveness of marketing campaigns and initiatives throughout the year
    • Collaborate with other interns to complete annual capstone project

    Requirements and Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree and work experience or coursework related to graphic design
    • Demonstrated experience in project management
    • Demonstrated communication, leadership, and organizational skills
    • Strong writing and proofreading skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
    • Photography and video experience preferred
    • Ability to think creatively and critically to identify and solve problems
    • First Aid/CPR/AED certification or ability to attain it within the first week of employment

    Additional Information:

    • This is a limited time employment (LTE) lasting 9 months or 1043 total hours
    • Internship dates are approximate and will run August 1 through May 15
    • Interns will be compensated at a rate of $15.00/hour for an average of 30 hours per week
    • Allotted time off during winter break and spring break (approximately three weeks)
    • Position requires a criminal background investigation and a valid driver’s license
    • Housing, benefits and health insurance are not included

    How to Apply:Please submit the following materials to our Human Resources Specialist, Whitney Thuecks, at whitney.thuecks@wisc.edu:

    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Portfolio
    • Three references
    • Unofficial transcripts

Contact

For more information about our Professional Internship program, please contact Chad Schultz at chad.schultz@wisc.edu. or (608) 262-9398.