Proposed Internship Projects, Park Services Division
Title: Aquatics Management
Description: Evaluate safety, professionalism, and quality of instruction for learn-to-swim instructors. Assist in improving pool rental contracts, develop program training manuals, and organizing special events and projects.
Requirements: Microsoft Excel and charting expertise, strong analytical skills, willingness to learn aquatic class management.
Time Period: Available year-round
Title: Fitness & Wellness Intern
Description: Intern will assist in the implementation of fitness programs at multiple RECenters, developing in-service training, and continuing education program for instructors. Work with fitness group exercise and alternative fitness programs. Intern will research and compile health education materials.
Requirements: Hold a junior or senior standing in a four-year degree program majoring in Parks and Recreation, Leisure Studies, Health and fitness, or related field and have a "major" grade point average of at least 2.5. Prefer aerobic teaching background, certification and interest in programming.
Time Period: Available year-round
Title: Summer Camps Program Management Intern
Description: The Fairfax County Park Authority is the largest provider of camps in Northern Virginia and offers more than 1,000 weeks of camp each summer for children ages 3 -17. Interns will work with headquarters and site staff to answer customer inquiries, perform site evaluations, fee comparisons, troubleshoot problems, compile and maintain required data on summer camp for state licensing records. Skilled interns may serve as camp instructors part-time.
Requirements: Hold a junior or senior standing in a four-year degree program majoring in Parks and recreation, Leisure Studies or related field.. Computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet search skills preferred. Specialized skill in one or more sports or activity areas is helpful.
Time Period: Available late spring and summer.
Title: Video/AV/Multi Media
Description: Multiple projects which may include assistance with research, script development and shooting for oral histories, educational and promotional programs, public service announcements, advertisements and promotional spots; cataloging of existing video segments; assistance with management of audio-visual loan pool.
Requirements: Major in communications, TV or video.
Title: Graphics Production
Description: Multiple projects which may include assistance w/design and camera-ready production of brochures, flyers, newsletters and other graphics products; assistance with data entry in Publications Tracking System; assistance with cataloging/filing of graphic materials.
Requirements: Graphic design experience, competency in desktop publishing using a Mac, familiarity with Quark and/or Pagemaker. Familiarity with Microsoft Access a plus.
Description: Multiple projects which may include producing articles for agency's quarterly Parktakes magazine, monthly employee newsletter, quarterly RECenter and golf newsletters, and related web pages; desktop design of page layouts; research for video scripts; cataloging past articles from Parktakes and newsletters.
Requirements: Degree in journalism, mass communications, English or related field. Writing experience (as evidenced by published clips). Familiarity with graphic design and Pagemaker/Quark software beneficial. Experience in photography also helpful.
Title: Advertising Sales
Description: Multiple projects which may include assistance with development of sales materials; preparation of solicitation packages; creation of prospect lists; follow-up calls to potential clients; file maintenance.
Requirements: Flexibility. Business administration or Public Relations preferred. Some sales experience would be helpful as would be graphic design skills.
Title: Marketing and Outreach Coordinator For a Large Recreational
Park In An Urban Environment
Description: As part of a need to generate additional revenue and forge connections with the community. This intern would meet with local faith based organizations, libraries and schools to explore partnering opportunities that expose the park programs to residents in the surrounding area and also build a healthier community. This position would create a miniature golf marketing plan for all of the FCPA miniature golf courses. This intern would create a data base for mailing flyers and newsletters to area residents. They would work with ASB in creating electronic transmission capabilities of the park newsletter and flyers allowing the park to save on printing and postage costs.
Requirements: Enrolled in a communications, business, marketing or advertising program with an interest in the outdoors and parks. Strong written and oral communication skills. The ability to work without close supervision and produce tangible results. Strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Access a must.