Internships

Internships at Metro Parks Tacoma

You’ve come to the right place. Metro Parks Tacoma offers a variety of internships designed to give you meaningful, supportive, rewarding and fun work as you gain experience in the real world.

  • Internships are typically 10 – 12 week commitments made by persons interested in gaining career readiness experience as part of a course of study. Internships include at least one major project that the intern has a significant level of responsibility to complete in addition to daily functions.
  • Interns must be connected with a four year educational organization.
  • Interns must provide Metro Parks Tacoma with all the guidelines required by their educational organization in advance.
  • Interns at Metro Parks Tacoma serve without compensation
View Internship Opportunities

Questions? Contact Human Resources at (253) 305-1089

High School Sports Interns

coaching internship

Interested in a Career in Sports?

Metro Parks Coaching and Sport Management Internship provides Tacoma high school students a pathway to entry-level sport and recreation employment opportunities across Tacoma.

Our Elementary Sports Coaching Internship provides Tacoma’s high school students a pathway to entry-level recreation opportunities across Tacoma.Students will develop on-field coaching and off-field sport management skills at one of Metro Parks’ Elementary Sports Program Sites while receiving class credit for the unpaid internship experience.

After completing the year-long (Sept-June) internship program, students are invited to interview for job opportunities with Metro Parks.

The ideal candidate for this internship opportunity is self-motivated, outgoing, organized and available one afternoon per week to coach practice (3:30-5pm) and Saturdays to coach games (10-2pm).

  • Internship focused on sport and recreation management.
  • Each intern will be assigned to one of the Elementary Sports sites for sports seasons running September to June.
  • Job duties including on-field coaching (multiple sports) and off-field administrative tasks (equipment inventory, input with planning award banquets, recruitment for upcoming seasons, etc.)
  • Ongoing training for athletic, social and emotional coaching/skill development.
  • 1 occupational education credit towards graduation through completion of Next Move Internship assignments (career research, resume, cover letter, interview prep, etc.)
  • Metro Parks job interview opportunities upon internship completion for summer camps, Elementary Sports game day officiating, etc.

Important Dates:

Soccer Coaches Training: Date, Location, TBD

Interested?

Fill out an application Download a flyer

Questions?

Please call (253) 305-1022

 

High School Aquatics Interns

aquatics internship

Interested in becoming a swim instructor and lifeguard?

Metro Parks Aquatics Internship provides Tacoma high school students a pathway to swim instructor and lifeguard employment opportunities across Tacoma.

Students will obtain swim instructor and lifeguard certification while developing customer service skills at one of Metro Parks’ aquatic facilities during this semester-long internship experience.

Trainings take place on weeknights and Saturdays, approximately 5 hours per week February – May.

Students will earn .5 occupational education credit towards graduation through completion of Next Move Internship assignments (career research, resume building, cover letter writing, professional interviewing, among others).

After completing the program students obtain class credit and are invited to apply for job opportunities with Metro Parks.

Aquatics Internship Important Dates
Date are TBD

Internship Program Orientation
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
6:30-8:30 pm
Eastside Community Center Pool

Attendance is required to participate in the internship program. Please bring suit and towel.

Interested?

Fill out an application Download a flyer

Questions?

Please call (253) 305-1022

Fort Nisqually Internships

Internship Program – Fort Nisqually

Internships are available for college students that have completed at least two years of coursework or college graduates seeking on-the-job experience

Selected interns must commit to at least 120 hours over 12 weeks, All positions are unpaid with no housing provided. However, staff may be able to assist hired interns explore housing options.

Interns are accepted each academic quarter and summer.
Internship Opportunities

  • Living History/Education
  • Curatorial
  • Living History Clothing
  • Events and Volunteer Assistant

How to Apply
Please visit the Metro Parks Tacoma careers website for position descriptions and to begin the application process.

If you have questions, or need more information than what is included in the position descriptions, you may contact fortnisqually@tacomaparks.com