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Student Internships

Students!

Image of internsAre you looking to work with kids? Or produce a parade? Perhaps, you would like to learn how a trail system is designed, help produce a play, go to work at a professional baseball stadium, put together a marketing plan, put on a teen talent show, work on the design of a new recreation center, work onstage at a concert, manicure a softball field, or work on a Sister City program. If any one or more of these things appeal to you than read on to learn about City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation Internships.

Available Internship Experiences

We strive to give each student what they desire in "on the job" experience, while assisting each student in satisfying all the conditions set forth by the placing school. Our internships are structured around the individual goals of each student, and can be comprised of any one or more of the exposures mentioned below.

  • Recreation Programming (Applicable degrees: All recreation fields, business/management, health & human development, sports management, etc.)
    • Athletics (Exercise Sports Sciences, Sports/Events Management, etc.)
    • Moccasin Lake Nature Park (Ecology, Wildlife conservation, etc.)
  • Parks & Beautification (Facility Maintenance, Agricultural, Landscape Design & Maintenance, Sports Management, etc.)
  • Events & Festivals (Events/Sport Management, Travel & Tourism, Business, Marketing etc.)
  • Cultural Affairs (Arts Administration, Public Administration, International Studies, etc.)
  • Projects & Planning (Construction, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, etc.)
  • Wellness (Exercise Science, Public Health, Health Education, Health & Human Development, Recreation and/or marketing)

Read more about the department's various programs and facilities

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For More Information

  1. Read the Student Internship Information Guide
  2. View testimonials from previous interns
  3. Or contact Lisa Bayly, Internship Coordinator, for information via e-mail or phone at 727-562-4802 ext 3811.

To Apply

Step 1 - Download Intern Program Application (Word document) or the Intern Program Application (PDF document)
Step 2 - E-mail completed Intern Program Application along with resume and cover letter to Lisa Bayly, Parks & Recreation Internship Coordinator.

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Testimonials

"Being able to see all these different aspects of the city really helped me learn about myself, personal strengths/weaknesses, and what I want out of a career."
-Katie Emery (Events & Festivals/Moccasin Lake Nature Park, Summer 2011)

"Overall, my internship has been a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone looking for an internship or who is interested in the field of Recreation. This internship gives students a great view of the 'working world' within the public sector."
-Amanda Douglas (Urban Planning, Summer 2011)

"Being here in the Long Center, they made me feel very welcome and important. I felt like I was needed, because I was doing such a great job, and it made me feel really good."
-Ainsley Blackmon (Recreation Programming, Summer 2011)

"This internship has taught me a lot to say the least. It has tested my strengths and showed me my weaknesses that I can work on to better myself. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to spend every Tuesday and Thursday with for this past semester. Everyone brings something different to the table, and yes there are those very stressful moments, but this group definitely has the energy to persevere through even the most stressful events."
-Kahla Sansom (Events & Festivals, Fall 2011)

"I truly enjoyed my experience and would recommend it to anyone. I will never speak less than highly of my internship and the experience I had. This internship really broadened my horizons and helped me to see the areas that I am most interested."
-Erin McCarthy (Events & Festivals, Fall 2011)

"My supervisor was great, always had positive and constructive feedback to give me, and was helpful in every situation. The Athletics Internship is full of excitement and entertaining possibilities. Overall, I will say this; you will not find a better internship in the Community Recreation field. They are one of the city governmental agencies that 'gets it'."
-Jeff Johns (Athletics, Fall 2011)

I learned so much valuable real life work experience that I can take with me.  After my 9 month internship I am very qualified to go after the jobs that I want. Now I have so much hands on work experience in my field.
Catherine Corcoran  (Landscape Architecture 2013)

Working with Special Events and Athletics was truly amazing. I got the best of both worlds.  The people I have met and the knowledge and skills I have gained are better than I could have ever imagined.  I love this place and wish everyone here the best!
(Rachel Brown Special Events/Athletics 2013)

I liked the fact that because of the large size of the Clearwater Parks & Recreation Departments, interns can specialize in specific areas of interest.
(Rob Thomas Recreation Programming 2013)

The job assignments are directly applicable to my degree and the scale of government allows for me to see my results on a faster timetable.  I get to work independently on a myriad of assignments giving me flexibility to focus on what needs to get done with helpful and supportive feedback.  It is great that there are so many events allowing me to meet other interns.
(Eastman Johnson  Urban Planning 2013)