| Recreation Internships
The City of Chandler values education and believes that students bring new ideas, new energy and new skills to the work force.
An internship with the City of Chandler offers insight into local government while sharpening your programming, planning, communication, and writing skills. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Leisure Studies, Marketing, Exercise, Wellness or a related field.
Interns will be selected based on their initiative, willingness to learn, having a positive attitude, strong writing and communication skills and the ability to work well in teams and independently.
We appreciate that the Internship Program is unpaid and people are juggling jobs, families, classes and other obligations. The ideal time commitment is 15 to 20 hours a week for two to six months and can be used for college credit.
To be considered, candidates must submit the following items:
Submit one copy of each of the documents listed above in PDF format to Tiffanie.Hawkins@chandleraz.gov.
- Cover Letter
- Intern Application
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and evaluated monthly.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need a car during my internship?
Work locations and hours may be varied; it is recommended that you have a car.
2. Where do I find housing?
Chandler has a variety of housing options for interns. You may wish to contact the following sites: www.chandlerfurnishedapartments.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?
Chandler 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?
The City of Chandler reserves the right to conduct a full state and federal background check on interns.
8. What will my work hours be?
Interns will be expected to work 20 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. Expect abnormal lunch hours, to attend grand openings and special events, and the occasional holiday off. City of Chandler Holidays – New Years Day, MLK Day, Presidents’, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday), and Christmas Day
9. Will I be attending an orientation program?
Yes. Your supervisor will provide onsite training to your facility and duties, 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 and when space permits, 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?