Internships / Jobs Available

The Office of Field Experience is actively engaged in recruiting experiential learning partners. As positions become known, links to information about available opportunities will be posted here. They could be volunteer positions, part-time, seasonal or full-time positions. Please read closely and apply to positions based on your mix of needs regarding credit, experience and compensation. Check back often as updates and new positions are added regularly. If you are applying for these positions, let us know! We can maybe help move your application further up the pile!

If you are considering an internship, you may find this resource helpful, courtesy of the University of Iowa's Pomerantz Career Center: Student Internship Handbook

It is important to remember that semester hour credit is not automatically granted for experiential learning. You must register for SRM:4196 (Interscholastic Internship) or SRM:4199 (Independent Field Experience) and fulfill the requirements for the course and credits. Contact Anna Jensen, Director, Office of Field Experience, with any questions. 

Positions available, most recently received are listed first.

Teamwork Online - UISRM students have access to premium content for free. Thousands of jobs across minor and major league sports! Updated continually. 

 Several local positions are currently posted on Teamwork Online in the Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Des Moines areas. These positions are across a wide range of areas within the industry including scouting, business development, social media, and analytics. Here is a link to current Teamwork Online postings in Iowa. 

The University of Iowa Athletics Department is looking to interview individuals who are interested in applying to be an Event Management Intern for the 2021-22 academic year. The position description, application process and timeline are provided at the respective links. Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00PM on Friday, March 5th. 

College Football Playoff Internship Program: The College Football Playoff, based in Irving, Texas, is seeking four highly-motivated recent college graduates for its 2021-2022 internship program. Successful candidates will be an integral part of staging the national championship game in Indianapolis on January 10, 2022, as well as laying the groundwork for games in subsequent years. Four full-time, paid positions will be hired from August 16, 2021 through April 29, 2022. Interns will be required to work extensive hours in December and January, as well as some weekends and holidays. Areas of concentration include: Communications and Social Media (Tom Mickle Internship)Hospitality and Fan ServicesMarketing and Strategic PartnershipsPublic Events. To apply, interested parties should complete an online application found here. Applicants will be required to submit three PDF documents containing their resume, cover letter and three references. Additionally, applicants will be required to submit a work sample. Once we have received all required materials, you will receive email acknowledgement from internship@collegefootballplayoff.com. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 9th at 4:59 p.m. CT. Interns are responsible for securing their own transportation, housing, and relocation costs to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. No benefits will be provided.

The Burlington Bees are searching for intern candidates for the 2021 season. They have recently joined the summer collegiate Prospect League. The season is scheduled to begin in late May and conclude in early August making it the perfect summer opportunity for students interested in the sports industry. There are four positions available: Food and Beverage, Marketing and Stadium Operations, Groundskeeping, Tickets, Groups Sales and Merchandising. Some pay, home game meals and housing provided.

The Chicago Sports Commission (CSC) Internship Program provides students or recent graduates with an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the sports tourism industry. Learn more about the program and opportunities here: Application Process. Deadlines for semesters are: Spring - October 15; Summer - February 15; Fall - July 15.

Kansas City Sports Commission is now accepting applications for our Summer 2021 Internships (Events, Marketing, and Graphic Design).  As of now, we are working to ensure our summer events including the KC Triathlon, Camp WIN, the WIN for KC Triathlon & Duathlon, and more go on as planned, while providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all participants, staff, and volunteers.  Should some or all of these events not go on, we are prepared to offer virtual learning and networking opportunities for our interns throughout the summer.  While these options certainly couldn’t replace in-person, hands on experience, we are committed to ensuring our interns benefit from their experience with our organization and complete their internship more connected and knowledgeable than when they began.  Regardless of event cancellation, interns will still be expected to work remotely, communicating daily with our staff.  Applications are accepted beginning February 15 and closes March 1, 2019. 

Several cities around Iowa are currently seeking summer 2021 interns in parks and recreation including locally in North Liberty. Make sure you check the listings for updates regularly here

A new internship we've developed in coordination with Harvest Preserve working with their new Harvest Adventure Camp is now available for Summer 2021! Applications are being accepted now and throughout the spring. Early applicants are encouraged. This would be a great opportunity for anyone looking to work in parks and recreation, marketing, non-profit sector, finance, etc. You can read more about all the details HERE.  

The City of Waukee, IA (a Des Moines suburb) is seeking Summer 2021 interns. Check out this one page listing of all positions at-a-glance. Our contact with the department oversees both parks and the golf course and indicates they are seeking candidates for both intern and non-intern roles. For more detailed position descriptions and to apply, click HERE.

The Indianapolis Indians are currently accepting applications of qualified candidates interested in pursuing a career in sports.  Each year the Indians look to fill 14 full time internships.  This program is a great experience for anyone passionate about working in the sports industry.  The Indians provide monthly compensation and additional benefits. Use THIS LINK to see all full time openings and internships.

The City of Ankeny, IA is seeing Spring Interns (starting immediately) and Summer Interns (starting May) in Parks and Recreation. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the department. The position is paid. Apply immediately for spring and through March 15 for summer. 

The City of Mason City, IA is seeking a Recreation Intern for summer 2021. The Intern will provide overall assistance to the recreation staff regarding the planning, coordinating, and administering of the recreation programs. This will include childcare programs, aquatic center, youth sports, and adult sports. This internship is not a permanent position and will run from May 2021 to August 2021. Starting wage is $290/week. Learn more or view a full job description HERE

The City of Des Moines is now accepting applications for their summer internships. Each paid internship with the City of Des Moines will include exposure to multiple areas of the Park and Recreation Department.  Areas of focus can vary depending upon interest, but will include: Athletics, Aquatics, Special Events, and Environmental Education. Please use THIS LINK and scroll to Park and Recreaton Intern to view the job announcement and to complete the online application by 5:00 p.m. CT on Monday, March 15, 2021 (deadline is March 15, 2021 or until a sufficient number of qualified applications is received to fill the position).

The Zach Johnson Foundation's Kids on Course AmeriCorps program is seeking a summer 2021 Learning Specialists and Adademic Support Specalists. These are paid experiences based in the Cedar Rapids area.  You can learn more and apply via Handshake HERE. This will require a login with your HawkID. If you have any questions related to Handshake, please connect with the Pomerantz Career Center. 

The Kansas City Royals are have several openings for their 2021 Season for students in their final semester (if doing online work) or who are recent 2020 graduates to join their Trainee Program. If you are applying, be sure to utilize the totality of the UISRM network as we have an advisory board member employed with the Royals. 

Xtream Arena and GreenState Family Fieldhouse, managed by Spectra Venue Management, is hiring a part-time event coordinator. All the position details are HERE. If you are a student still in need of field experience credit, this position would qualify. 

Cedar Rapids Kernels are accepting applications now (interviews slated for late January) for positions in Stadium Operations (FT, April - September) and Game Day Ticket Office (PT, May - September.) Both positions come with compensation commensurate with responsibilities.

Waterloo Bucks are accepting applications for several summer semester internships. Full time internships include Sales (based out of the Kernels office in Cedar Rapids), Administration and Ticket Office. Game day internships include Community Relations, Game Operations, Merchandising, Stadium Operations and Video Production. You can learn more about the difference between these types of positions and how to apply HERE.

The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) offers paid, summer-long internships in a wide range of areas including Social Media, Digital Strategy, Analytics, Communications, Business Development and Licensing, Graphic Design, Engineering, Human Resources, Public Affairs, Hospitality and Guest Services, Marketing, Legal, Finance and Accounting, and Analytics. Qualified candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis so early applications are encouraged and must be submitted before January 31, 2021. Students need only submit one application for consideration for all internship positions in your desired field. Link to all information included application process is HERE. Full-time positions in many of these same areas are currently posted to both Teamwork Online and on the NASCAR careers page

Prospect Meadows Sports Complex, located in Marion, IA, is seeking Event Management and Facility Operations interns for Summer 2021. Some positions could start as early as March. All information including application details are HERE

Coe College is hiring several full time positions that could be of interest to our graduates including Events Manager, Assistant FB Coach (offensive skill), Director of Cheer and Dance and Director/Head Coach of E-Sports. Check out the listings and application process HERE.

The National Association of intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is offering 10-day internships over these two different time periods: 

  • Men’s Basketball Championship tournament hosted in Kansas City, March 18-23, 2021.
  • Women's Basketball Championship tournament hosted in Sioux City, March 15-24, 2021

#RecHawks Here is another opportunity to gain some parks/recreation experience! The City of Marion (NE suburb of Cedar Rapids) is seeking an intern to gain experience across the spectrum of P/R work, reporting to the Aquatics Coordinator, Recreation Supervisor and Parks Operation Supervisor. This is a paid position and a great way to earn your required credit. 

Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County (NCJC) are hiring for multiple positions, all paid. Some will require additional projects to qualify for field experience credit. All would be great experiences for your resume and relevant for future positions, particularly for parks, recreation, coaching or athletic administration. 

Intern in Alaska in Parks and Recreation! Bristol Bay Borough has internships year-round and is currently accepting applications for Summer 2021. This is a paid internship and they even provide for your transportation and to/from Bristol Bay. What an adventure for the outdoor park enthusiast! Brian Froelich (BS '18) spent 4 months in Bristol Bay immediately following graduation and would be happy to field any questions you might have related to the position. 

Iowa City Boys Baseball is seeking a Clubhouse Manager for the 2021 season. Key responsibilities include being the single point of contact for our coaches, parents, board members and umpires and overseeing the day to day operations during games. This role reports to the Iowa City Boys Baseball Board of Directors. You can find more information and details about the position here: informational flyer and apply directly with resume and cover letter to Scott Thoma

City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Internship applications are being accepted. Each internship with the City of Des Moines will include exposure to multiple areas of the Park and Recreation Department.  Areas of focus can vary depending upon interest, but will include: Athletics, Aquatics and Special Events. This is a paid, full-time position. 

FULL TIME POSITIONS with the LPGA are currently open! There are a some entry level and some seeking 3+ years experience so something for recent graduates and more seasoned alumni, too! Follow this link for all the details or to join their waitlist to be the first to learn about new opportunities! 

Colorado Springs Sports Corporation has Event Management Internships available. Applications will close as soon as suitable candidates are identified. The Sports Corp is a 501(c)3 non-profit professional event management company based in Colorado Springs, CO. Their annual events attract more than 250,000 people, utilize more than 1,900 volunteers and engage 15,000 competitors. For more on Sports Corp, click here.  You can also apply via Handshake or direct all questions and applications directly to Aubrey McCoy, Director of Operations and Marketing. 

The Pro-Fit Gym, located in the Iowa River Landing, offers internships in Public Relations, Data Analytics and Coaching. These are great positions for students interested in communications, events, coaching, graphic design, analytics and more. Positions available each semester. 

Diamond Dreams, provides elite sports instruction to youth athletes seeking to move to the next level. Currently headquartered in the Iowa River Landing area of Coralville, they will soon be relocating into the new Iowa Arena, powered by Xtreme Media. This is an excellent opportunity for a wide range of future professions including communications, events, coaching, analytics, etc. Internship is paid. All the details, including how to apply are here

Fifth Ward Saints North provides outreach to at-risk students in Iowa City through athletic, academic and social service programs. They are currently seeking  Volunteer mentors, tutors and coaches. Some positions may qualify for field experience credit but require an additional project above posted job responsibilities. 

Iowa Parks & Recreation posts internships from member cities around the state. Some positions posted here may not qualify for credit so double check with the Office of Field Experience before assuming it counts.

Iowa Soccer Internships available year round. This internship will be compensated with a stipend at the end of the program. Application here.

Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network has three different internship categories for you to explore: Analytics, Social Media and Writing. You can read more about expectations and processes for applying here.


General Information on Potential Internships and Careers in Sport and Recreation Management

General Career, Employment, and Internship Sites

Independent Frontier Baseball League

Iowa Parks & Recreation - Internship Listing

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