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Recreation Internships

The City of Chandler values education and believes that students bring new ideas, new energy and new skills to the work force. An internship with the City of Chandler offers insight into local government while sharpening your programming, planning, communication, and writing skills. 

Applicants must be pursuing a degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Leisure Studies, Marketing, Exercise, Wellness or a related field.

Interns will be selected based on their initiative, willingness to learn, having a positive attitude, strong writing and communication skills and the ability to work well in teams and independently.

We appreciate that the Internship Program is unpaid and people are juggling jobs, families, classes and other obligations. The ideal time commitment is 15 to 20 hours a week for two to six months and can be used for college credit.

In order to be considered, candidates must submit the following items:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Intern Application
Submit one copy of each of the documents listed above in PDF format to

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and evaluated monthly.
1. Do I need a car during my internship?
Work locations and hours may be varied; it is recommended that you have a car. 

2. Where do I find housing?
Chandler has a variety of housing options for interns. You may wish to contact the following sites:

3. What is the dress code?
When you are out in the “field,” the appropriate clothing attire is jeans or khakis, and casual long- or short-sleeve shirts. Professional attire should be worn at all times.

4. What is the weather like?
Chandler is known for year-round sunshine, but temperatures can vary. The summer months, June through September, are extremely warm with intense daytime sunlight. October through December is mild. January through May has limited periods of rain and cool weather.

5. Will I be offered employment at the conclusion of the program?
There is no guarantee that you will be offered employment with our department. The skills you will develop will certainly enhance your employment opportunities.

6. Will I be covered by personal health insurance?
No. It is the intern’s responsibility to provide personal medical coverage. You will be covered by workman’s compensation while performing duties during your internship.

7. Will I be subject to a background check?
The City of Chandler reserves the right to conduct a full state and federal background check on interns. 

8. What will my work hours be?
Interns will be expected to work