UCLA Recreation Summer Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in the UCLA Recreation Summer Internship Program 2023! We have extended our application deadline to April 12.

This year's internship committee is excited to bring recreation students from various universities and with their own unique experiences. We encourage you to take a chance on yourself and apply.

Remember, "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

-Wayne Gretzky

-UCLA Recreation Internship Committee

UCLA Recreation offers ten summer internship opportunities geared towards applicants interested in entering into the field of collegiate recreation and related fields. Selected interns will gain firsthand experience in a comprehensive recreation program at one of the most dynamic universities in the country. General responsibilities include but are not limited to program development, administrative operations, and special projects for both the department and in a specific functional area.

The goal of our summer internship program is to foster the development of emerging professionals by immersing them in a diverse and fast-paced recreation programming. Ten interns will live together in university housing for a duration of 7 weeks and will gain professional experience in a variety of areas within UCLA Recreation.

Internship Dates: June 20* - August 6

*June 2 early start date for the following positions: Aquatics, Experiential Programs, and Youth and Family Programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • First Aid/CPR Certifications (Required by the first day of employment)
  • Submit to a criminal background check.
  • Currently pursuing an undergraduate degree or pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Experience working in a recreation department and/or related field.
  • Possess effective interpersonal skills and a strong desire to learn
  • Willingness to work variable and extended hours.
  • Legally allowed to work in the United States.

Each functional area may require additional certifications and/or specific skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Currently working in recreation and/or related fields, and actively pursuing a career within that field.

How to Apply

To apply, visit the UCLA Careers Opportunities webpage. Search for Requisition # 38434, Recreation Summer Intern.

Apply for the position and be sure to include:

  1. Resume,
  2. Cover letter,
  3. List of references
  4. Your top 3 choices of summer intern position.

Application deadline has been extended to April 12, 2023 at 11:59pm.

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Frequently Asked Question

Is this internship only for seniors and graduate students?

No! The positions are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. We are looking for enthusiastic students with experience in the specific position they are applying to regardless of what year they are currently enrolled in.

I work in a specific unit, can I only apply for that unit specific internship position?

We encourage you to rank your position interests based on your own unique experiences. Whether that is from recreation, school, personal, professional, or extracurricular choose the positions that will help you expand your skill set.

Will I get to work across the department with different units?

Yes! Each position is unique but we work to introduce you to all parts of UCLA Recreation. The program also works to introduce you to other areas of campus including Student Affairs.

Internship Positions

Explore Summer 2023 Internship positions below.


Aquatics Intern

The Aquatics Intern will provide additional support for the aquatics operations and program staff, particularly through the facilitation of aquatic certification courses. Duties will include facility operations, staff training and development, aquatic event, and programming management.

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Competitive Sports

Competitive Sports Intern

The Competitive Sports Intern will assist with the summer Competitive Sports programming, including the completion of several projects including the management of Club Sports youth camps, esports projects and activities, and martial arts program support. Interns will also assist in the planning for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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Experiential Programs

Experiential Programs Intern

The Outdoor Adventures, Experiential Programs Intern will lead experiential programs, and work closely with current staff on both our UCLA Challenge Course and Rock Wall.

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Facility and Special Events

Facility and Special Events Intern

The Facility and Special Events Intern will familiarize themselves with the various Recreation facilities spaces available to distinct patron groups including, but not limited to, students, staff, community members, professional sports teams, and outside organizations. The intern will work on various special events hosted in our spaces including staff scheduling, supervision, planning, and logistics.

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FITWELL - Hybrid Fitness Intern

The FITWELL Intern will contribute to an ongoing effort to transition from in-person fitness offerings to an online platform. They will assist with the further creation of an online Movement Library and learn about virtual exercise programming and safety considerations. They will also have an opportunity to learn about and assist with fitness equipment purchasing, inventory, maintenance, and repair processes.

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Marketing and Multimedia Production Intern

The Marketing & Multimedia Production Intern will work with UCLA Recreation’s Marketing department in the strategy, conceptualization, planning, and creation of multimedia content (including, but not limited to: graphic design for both print and online applications, photography, and video) that promotes the position and visibility of UCLA Recreation users, programs, events, and facilities.

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Student Activities Center and Special Events

Student Activities Center (SAC) and Special Events Intern

The Student Activities Center (SAC) and Special Events Intern will assist in the creation of leadership trainings for staff as well as monitor compliance protocols including developing online compliance trainings. The intern will serve on various committees with their supervisor. They will also be responsible for implementing new policies or protocols they feel would be beneficial to the SAC team. They will help with and lead certain parts of special events and student group events in the building, gym, and WAF stadium.

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Youth and Family Programs, Logistics

Youth and Family Programs, Logistics Intern

The Youth Camp Logistics Intern will oversee all logistics for UCLA Recreation youth summer camps including transportation, field trips, and ordering supplies.

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Youth and Family Programs, Staff Development

Youth and Family Programs, Staff Development Intern

The Youth & Family Programs, Staff Development Intern will assist with summer staff interviews, hiring, training, and overall supervision.

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