Sport and Recreation Management 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. 

Prospect Meadows is seeking interns for the 2023 season. Located north of Iowa City about 40 minutes, students have the opportunity to engage and demonstrate skills in facility operations, event management, baseball tournament coordination and more. Recent UISRM alumn Kyle Schrader interned there while in our program and looks forward to talking with interested students about this opportunity. All details available here. 

The Market, Careers in college athletics hosted by the NCAA - This database houses positions including internships, graduate assistantships and full time positions. 

RipRoar Endurance Events based in Des Moines, Iowa is seeking motivated, positive and passionate interns for the Summer 2023 event season. All details on how to apply (and what is MOST important in that process) can be found here

The Cedar Rapids Kernels have two summer 2023 internships still available: Social Media/Graphic Design and Stadium Operations. These internships are starting almost immediately and could be used for summer credit. The link to these and all area opportunities within the greater Kernels organization (seasonal game day, internships and full time positions) is: HERE.

Iowa City Parks and Recreation has several positions open now and through the summer that could qualify for credit. Take a look at the extensive list ranging from recreation/program coordinator to event manager and farmer's market coordinator. Application is made through the city's job portal at Reach out to Joyce Carroll with any questions. 

Think Iowa City is seeking applicants for their FRYFest Interns. These are available for credit for Summer 2023. All the details about the various positions, dates of engagement and how to apply are outlined HERE

Full Time Aquatics and Fitness Specialist needed in Carroll, IA (just NW of Des Moines). Full description and to apply here. Starting salary ranges $41-$54K with full benefits. 

IMG Academy in Bradenten, FL is seeking summer counselors to work within their elite athlete training facilities. This is a great position for a soon-to-be graduate looking for something to extend your full-time search window. If you have left all your field experience requirements to the very end and have otherwise completed your degree requirements, we can work with IMG to accommodate their degree requirement. Here are position details: IMG Academy Summer Camp Counselor

The City of Monticello is seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual for the 2023 Parks and Recreation Intern position.  Monticello is a community of just over 4,000 residents and is situated off Highway 151, just 30 minutes from Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.  This internship will be a well-rounded and comprehensive experience for someone looking for a career in Parks and Recreation or a related field.  The selected candidate will gain valuable experience and insight in the areas including, but not limited to programming, special events, concession operations, facility management and supervision, aquatics, marketing/promotions, ball diamond grooming/prep, and parks maintenance. More information and details on how to apply HERE

Internships in Coaching and Event Management: the newest local partner to join the UISRM cohort of coaching opportunities is Hot Feet Sports, which was founded and is led by Iowa Football alumnus, Trevor Bollers. In these roles, students have the opportunity to hone coaching skills in volleyball, basketball or football. Check out this link for the details on the coaching opportunities.  The Event Management details can be found here

The City of Ankeny is accepting applications through February 27th for a Summer Park and Recreation Intern ($17/hr). Ankeny is located 15 miles north of Des Moines and home to over 70K people. The intern will be involved in all aspects fo the department from May through August (approx. 13 weeks) in alignment with our summer semester. There is an expectation of 40 hours/week including nights and weekends. More information is available here

The Englert Theater lists both internships, part-time and full-time positions, many of which are direct applications of the work we do in sport and recreation management courses, particularly in event management and marketing. Current postings are listed here

The Des Moines Menace are building out their team for Summer 2023 and have many opportunities for interns including sales, broadcasting, game day operations, graphic design, public relations/ communications, soccer operations, videography and youth program coordination. This is a great opportunity to work with UISRM alumni who also started with the organization as interns! You can find all details about each area and apply here

Intern with RedZone Football Academy in the League Operations Intern role Summer 2023! This will be the flag football organization's 10th season developing local talent among 700+ participants on more than 50 different teams. This is an unpaid internship with performance bonuses available up to $1000. Two different roles are available: Football Coaching (2) and Business Development (1). Students interested in events, coaching, operations both on-field and front-office are encouraged to apply. All details about the positions and how to apply can be found here.  

The Huddle Up Group is offering paid Spring 2023 internships in Business Development and Data Analysis. Check out each at the links provided! 

Spring and summer internships with the Iowa Games are available! We have several alumni in their front offices so be sure to follow best practices on using your entire network when applying for positions! Check out the diverse offerings and associated application deadlines here

Summer 2023 Paid Internships with the Middle Atlantic PGA (MAPGA) are open now! There are two positions open, one in Tournament Operations and the other in Social Media. CLick on each of the corresponding position descriptions and apply quickly!

Remote Internship with Maxx MGMT, who represent over 30 NFL/NBA/NCAA athletes on branding, management, and marketing efforts. Internship is open to undergraduate students for college credit who are looking for some experience in the athlete management/marketing field this winter/spring. They typically take at least two (sometimes three) interns per semester. More information and application details here

Strength and Conditioning Internship within the Minnesota Twins organization, specifically with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Intern will have potential to live/work onsite for spring training in Orlando, FL and then relocate for summer to continue work with the team on location in Cedar Rapids. The interns will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of strength training, conditioning, speed development, mobility, data collection, technology, assessments, programming, and nutrition. This UNPAID internship will count as college credit and would begin during the spring of 2023. Follow this link to learn more about the role and specific application instructions. 

Paid Summer Internships with Iowa PGA Tournament. Offices are located in Riverside, IA (about 20 minutes south of Iowa City on I-380). You may have connected with your future supervisor at the 2022 Sport Business Symposium back in September. Applications preferred by January 13, 2023. All other details listed here

Paid Summer Internships The Illinois Junior Golf Association has opened Summer 2023 applications for their Tournament Coordinator Internship. Follow instructions here

Paid Summer Internships. The Indianapolis Indians are currently accepting applications of qualified candidates interested in pursuing a career in sports.  Each year the Indians look to fill 13 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. We have had several alumni join the organization after successfully completing their internship program. Indians Employment

Remote Internships with TBT Enterprises. They specialize is hosting high-stakes, open-application sporting events across the world. You're probably familiar with The Basketball Tournament (TBT) which started in 2014. They are adding TST (The Soccer Tournament) to their calendar of events. Details on positions, requirements and how to apply are here

Paid Internship with OakView Group in Des Moines this Spring! OVG360 is the same management group also oversees operations for the Xtream Arena in Coralville as well as many more venues around the world! Check out all the opportunities to build and demonstrate proficiency across all event management functions in this one role. They would also consider a December graduate who is looking to relocate to central Iowa and looking for a great landing spot! Click here for all the details. 

Remote Internship with Pickleball in the Sun to get real-world experience in sports marketing and become fluent in pickleball marketing as the sport continues to exponentially grow.This unique opportunity would be a great fit for students interested in any or several of these industry verticals: marketing, event management, travel and tourism, mobile app integration, social media, research, sales and more. All details and contact info listed here. (If you plan to apply, please reach out to Packy or Anna as the CEO is a personal friend.) 

Volunteer with SWARM, the new Iowa NIL collective, on football game days in the 2022 season. The Swarm Collective, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation organized exclusively to enable and empower the University of Iowa student-athletes in amplifying their NIL opportunities by contributing their time and diversity of talents through charitable work with non-profits, being active while giving back to our communities, and providing mentorship to our future generation of leaders. SWARM is looking for volunteers for upcoming events throughout the year. Our immediate needs are for volunteers for football tailgate events. Tailgate job description: - Run member check-in - Manage member item(s) giveaway - Answer questions from guests/members about SWARM - Managing crowd when student athletes arrive - Assist with additional tasks. This is not paid and does not qualify for credit. Click here to sign up if interested.

    Volunteer opportunities with Let Me Run, an organization that "focuses on developing young boys into authentic men through the structure of a running program." 

    Event Day Staff (PT) PAID positions at Xtream Arena including Ice and Facilities Crew, Customer Service Staff, Ticket Office Staff, and Ice Rink Staff (at Coral Ridge Mall location). All positions provide excellent entry-level experience and could lead to internship level roles down the road. As written, these positions do NOT qualify for credit but are a great part-time job. Read more about each role and how to apply here

    Spring / Summer 2023 Internships: American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) interns gain invaluable experience in the golf industry every day throughout the internship. You'll be working in a team dynamic daily, traveling to numerous championship golf courses helping conduct over 120 tournaments, and will have ample networking opportunities, which is the backbone of being successful in the industry. Over 86% of the AJGA full-time staff completed this internship! Learn more about internships in Communications or Operations for Spring or Summer of 2023.  

    Two internships available with UI Recreational Services Aquatic Center as Aquatic Equipment Technicians. One requires CPR certification and the other does not. Both would qualify for credit. In this position students will get exposure to both collegiate and club aquatic events. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in sport event management. The link to apply for CPR required position is here. Other inquiries should be directed to Allyson Herman.

    Part-time on-campus positions working in Recreational Services. Most of these positions do NOT qualify for credit but if you're curious, set up a meeting with Anna Jensen to discuss! This is a great way to earn some money related to your major and network with higher level positions that you might pursue in future years...that DO qualify for credit. 

    Post-Grad paid internship with the DSR team at the St. Louis Cardinals. The Direct Sales Representative (DSR) position is designed to help recent graduates, as well as those early in their sports career, to take the next step in professional sports. This is full-time paid, benefits eligible position for one year with an option for a second year. You will also find traditional internships available year-round at this same link.

    Remote internship with The 33rd Team, an NFL/NCAA think tank that collaborates with former NFL front office and coaching personnel, working to continually grow and learn from current and past football analytics and experiences. Details regarding position responsibilities and how to apply are here

    Internships with University of Iowa Trademarks, Licensing and Hall of Fame open immediately and into the 22/23 academic year. Over the years, several UISRM students have begun their professional careers in this office with the mentorship and guidance from Dale Arens and his team. This is an opportunity to learn about collegiate licensing, NIL intersectionality and even some event management. Check out this link for more information or reach out with questions. They are looking for several new people to join their team now and into the fall. Underclassmen are encouraged to apply! 

    Contemporary Services Corportation (CSC) has Fall 2023 PAID internships on campus working myriad events. Could start over the summer for the right applicant. Check out this link for all the necessary information. You can also apply via your Teamwork Online profile, if you prefer, at this link

    Internships: Kansas City Sports Commission is has internships available in every semester in a range of areas including Events, Marketing, and Graphic Design. Spring - apply October 15 to November 1; Summer - apply February 15 to March 1; Fall - apply June 15 - July 15. 

    Hyatt Place Iowa City has developed a new internship in collaboration with our program. You can find all the details on what you'll have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate along with applications instructions at this link. Apply now for Fall 2023. Both 3SH or 6SH options available. 

    FT and Internships: Iowa Parks & Recreation posts jobs and 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.

    Remote Internships with SponsorUnited. They are a sports marketing agency used by many professional teams for prospecting, ideation, finding decision makers and connecting brands with teams and/or talent. Learn more about the opportunity and how/when to apply for the upcoming semester here

    PT: North Liberty Parks and Recreation is seeking officials for youth recreation leagues. This would NOT qualify for credit but is a great way for students looking to learn/practice skills while earning funds and helping your local community (about 15 minutes north of Iowa City.) Contact Brian Motley, Assistant Recreation Director for more info. 

    PT: Both Borlaug and Wickham Before/After School Programs are hiring Youth Counselors. This is a paid position that could be used for credit with additional project work added. Position includes working with K-6 grade, supervising and assisting with homework, arts and crafts, interacting and playing games such as dodgeball, capture the flag, four square, volleyball and more. This is a great experience for future careers related to coaching, education, youth development, recreation and more. More details and to apply, click here

    PT: The Iowa City Eels is a nonprofit, year-round USA Swimming affiliated club serving developmental and competitive swimmers of all ages from all over Johnson County. They are looking to hire part-time staff who are energetic & motivated with weeknight availability for the Fall and Spring season. No serious knowledge of the sport or club swimming is required. More details HERE.  

    Internships: Hurricane Junior Golf Tournament is currently taking applications for internships. You can learn more and apply here.

    Remote Internships: The Sports Marketer is seeking an intern working on all aspects of a sponsorship consulting agency. This includes researching/prospecting, data collection, building proposals and outreach. Join this team of young professionals as they are on the precipice of sharp growth. Click here to learn more.  

    Volunteer: Do you want to find connection while making a difference? Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa is excited to offer programming at many sites in the Iowa City area, including Mann, Weber, Twain, Lucas, Mercer Park, and more! In order to ensure we can serve as many girls as possible, we need volunteer coaches of any gender identity to join us in our mission! You'll be provided with everything you need to transform the lives of girls during a critical stage in their adolescence. 94% of coaches said they felt like girls became more confident after participating in Girls on the Run. Learn more and apply to coach today: (This would be a volunteer, not for credit, opportunity as the position is currently written. For-credit opportunities also exist with the organization, usually posted in the spring.) 

    Internships: Diamond Dreams, provides elite sports instruction to youth athletes seeking to move to the next level. They are located in a new facility designed and built specific to their needs in North Liberty, IA. This is an excellent opportunity for a wide range of future professions including communications, events, coaching, analytics, etc. All the details, including how to apply are here

    Internships: The Pro-Fit Gym is continuing their internship program.  They have invested a lot of money this past year in gym equipment and expansion ($80K+). Additionally, they have invested over $10k in sports technology which helps them gather data and make informed training decisions.  Pro-Fit interns will be learning a great deal, being on the cutting edge of data analytics while gaining great experience. There are three types of internship positions available: Performance Data Analyst, Public Relations, Fitness Coach. Click on each to learn more. Contact Aaron ( for all inquiries and to apply. 

    Internships: Iowa / USA Wrestling is seeking an intern to report to the Social Media Director. This position could be remote but intern should have some wrestling knowledge and be willing to learn more about the sport while developing engaging content. Reach out to Anna Jensen if interested so she can put you in touch with the right people. 

    Internships: 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. 


    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

    Recreation-Related Employment and Internship Sites

    Sport-Related Employment and Internship Sites

    State and Regional Recreation and Park Societies and Associations

    Additional Internship and Job Sites