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Professional Internships

Starting on day one, your experiences, ideas, and strengths will be valued and leveraged to help us deliver mission-driven results. We’ll help you prepare for the next step in your career, whatever it is that fills you with passion.

Our professional internship program provides an opportunity to apply and build on your academic knowledge while you advance your skills in the workplace. As a member of our team, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the progress of our facilities master plan. Help us leave a legacy not only here in Madison but in the field of campus recreation and wellbeing. Plus, you’ll get to work alongside one of the fastest growing, future-thinking, creatively-inclined professional teams in the country.

We’re more than a building. We’re building a movement, and we want you to join us.

Academic Year Internships

Academic year interns are fully integrated into our full-time staff. While responsibilities vary by position and year, all interns are treated as professional staff and develop an in-depth perspective of our organization and operations.

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University Recreation & Wellbeing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is looking for an athletic training intern to join our team for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Rec Well Athletic Training Department services the general student population with an added focus to Sport Club athletes, The UW Marching Band, and students within the Dance Department. This internship will assist in medical support to the general student population, provide education to both professional and student staff on musculoskeletal injury prevention, evaluation and treatment.

The intention of this internship is to give young professionals an opportunity to grow in leadership development, administrative experience, and support patient care in an interdisciplinary college healthcare environment. Specifically, the athletic training intern will gain experience in working with a diverse group of students on campus, take on responsibilities in coordinating athletic training care for sport club events, and will support the mission, vision, and values of Rec Well.

Responsibilities:

  • Deliver athletic training services to the general student population at UW-Madison with occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Provide medical coverage at sport club and intramural events with the infrequent possibility of travel (1-2x/semester). Events are primarily scheduled over the weekend during the academic year.
  • Assist in providing education and medical support to the UW Marching Band during preseason training (August).
  • Assist in supervising post professional athletic training students and athletic training student aids.
  • Assist in training for heat related illness, injuries on ice, and lacrosse helmet removal.
  • Participate in and assist with developing educational presentations for professional and student staff within University Health Services and the Department of Recreation & Wellbeing.
  • Lead in coordinating athletic training services at Sport Club special events.
  • Serve on various Rec Well committees (ie. Risk management, hiring, etc)
  • Assisting with scheduling, inventory, ordering, budgeting and payroll
  • Work with Rec Well Fitness Department in creating evidence-based injury prevention programs along with in-season strength and conditioning programs.
  • 1x/month case review to Rec Well AT staff
  • Regular meetings, trainings, and interdivisional involvement opportunities

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited Athletic Training Program
  • Current or eligible BOC Athletic Training certification
  • Ability to attain a Wisconsin Athletic Trainer License
  • Current CPR/AED certification

Employee competencies:

  • Multitasking and problem solving in high pressure situations
  • Demonstrated communication, leadership, and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated detail oriented and comfortable with public speaking

Position Specifics:

  • Term: Aug 1, 2022-May 31, 2023 (40 wks/1200 hours)
  • Hours/Wk: 30hr/wk (flexible)
  • 4 weeks of vacation: Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break
  • Salary: $38,000
  • Continuing education support: $900
  • Optional Healthcare benefits includes

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Aquatics Internship

Divisional Responsibilities

  • Develop professional relationships with coworkers and participants
  • Demonstrate a desire to learn and apply knowledge within the Division
  • Exhibit professionalism in dress, attitude, and work ethic
  • Contribute to the fulfillment of the Rec Well mission and values
  • Attend leadership seminars, staff meetings, professional association meetings, and other relevant events as requested
  • Enforce Rec Well policies and procedures to promote participant safety and satisfaction
  • Respond to emergency situations and adhere to established protocols

General Responsibilities

  • Assist hiring, training, scheduling, and leading a highly skilled aquatic staff
  • Develop and implement engaging in-service training sessions utilizing a variety of methods to maintain a highly trained staff
  • Evaluate programs and services to ensure excellence and quality
  • Assist with special events in aquatics
  • Perform regular facility and equipment inspections
  • Assist in the planning and operation of Memorial Union Pier, a waterfront space

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in related field
  • Demonstrated communication, leadership, and organizational skills
  • Must possess current American Red Cross Lifeguarding (Lifeguard Instructor preferred, but not required)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to accomplish tasks to meet deadlines

Club & Community Programs Internship

Divisional Responsibilities

  • Assist with the supervision, management and mentorship of 10 student lead supervisors
  • Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate student supervisors and instructors
  • Assist with the overall management of comprehensive campus recreation softwares InnoSoft Fusion, CampDoc and IM Leagues
  • Serve as a liaison to select sport clubs, including all aspects of club oversight such as risk management, inventory, waiver collection, website update, monthly officer meetings and priority points tracking system
  • Maintain daily office hours to assist with administrative duties including answering phone calls and e-mail correspondence, stocking first aid kits with proper supplies, record retention and filing, and customer service
  • Maintain a presence at Club & Community program events competitions
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree; Associate’s Degree and work experience or coursework related to recreation; or for academic degree requirements
  • Knowledge of collegiate recreation and/over event management best practices
  • Demonstrated customer service experience
  • Strong communication, leadership, problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Must be able to attend department-wide and program specific trainings
  • Proficiency in e-mail client and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel & Access) required
  • First Aid/CPR/ AED certification or ability to attain it within the first month of employment

Fitness Internship

Divisional Responsibilities

  • Assist with recruitment, training, and mentorship of personal training and/or group fitness staff
  • Provide assistance in the delivery of in-service activities for student employees
  • Assist in consulting with sport club coaches and athletes to devise team and individual workout programs for sport club athletes
  • Assist in the payroll process
  • Fee processing for group fitness classes
  • Manage and maintain updated CPR records for fitness staff
  • Perform scheduled upkeep of personal training and group fitness areas
  • Collaborate with other interns to complete annual capstone project

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in related field
  • Demonstrated communication, leadership, and organizational skills
  • Personal training or group fitness certification from a nationally accredited organization (NSCA, ACSM, ACE, NASM or other NCCA accredited body) (preferred)
  • Ability to think creatively and critically to identify and solve problems
  • First Aid and Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED certification or ability to obtain it within the first month of employment

Member Services Internship

Divisional Responsibilities

  • Assist in the management of all aspects of Member Services, including staffing, cash handling, locker rentals, and membership sales, as well as customer inquiries and concerns
  • Hire, train, manage, and evaluate student employees
  • Oversee up to three student employee Leads who assist in administrative duties for the Member Services department
  • Follow up with members on questions, comments and concerns through email, phone, and face-to-face interactions
  • Organize Member Appreciation Days to thank members and students for their support & involvement in the division
  • Participate in member recruitment fairs, presentations, and initiatives
  • Coordinator & lead facility tours program
  • Assist with the overall management of comprehensive campus recreation software InnoSoft Fusion
  • Collaborate with the finance team on inventory, trainings, reconciliations, PCI compliance, and establishing cash handling policies/procedures
  • Maintain open recreation equipment inventory and propose improvements to the process for restitution of outstanding or lost equipment
  • Create and maintain data tracking documentation for membership, service, and product revenue
  • Assist in the planning and preparation of the new Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center of the Rec Well Master Plan
  • Assist with establishing and implementing short- and long-term goals, strategic initiatives, policies, operating procedures, and assessments related to member services
  • Assist in planning and support of Divisional events such as Active Badger Day, tennis tournaments, welcome week activities, and student employment events, which may include some evening and weekend hours
  • Collaborate with other Interns to complete annual capstone project

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in related field
  • Knowledge of collegiate recreation best practices
  • Demonstrated communication, leadership, and organizational skills
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills
  • Customer service experience
  • Ability to think creatively and critically to identify and solve problems
  • Member management software experience preferred
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification or ability to attain it within the first week of employment

Operations Internship

Divisional Responsibilities

  • Develop professional relationships with co-workers, participants, and guests
  • Uphold and exceed the expectations of the Rec Well mission, vision, and values
  • Fully participate in the Rec Well Professional Intern development program
  • Demonstrate a desire to learn and apply knowledge as a Rec Well ambassador
  • Take ownership of Rec Well facilities and programs by exhibiting a responsible work ethic
  • Promote and maintain cleanliness and appearance within and surrounding Rec Well facilities
  • Enforce Rec Well policies and procedures to promote participant safety and satisfaction
  • Respond to all emergency situations and adhere to established protocol including pre- and post- incident procedures
  • Attend leadership seminars, staff meetings, board meetings, executive meetings, professional association meetings, and other relevant meetings as requested

General Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Operations Professional staff to manage the day-to-day operations of the 240,00 square foot Nicholas Recreation Center
  • Recruit, hire, train, lead, schedule, and evaluate approximately 110 operations student staff each semester
  • Edit and approve student staff payroll
  • Create and maintain student staff job duties through C2C, facility management software
  • Assist with the creation of the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget
  • Work closely with the Assistant Director of Operations and Coordinator of Operations on improving risk management protocols and procedures across all facilities
  • Monitor and track staff CPR/First Aid and emergency assessment of the operations student staff.
  • Develop, review, and evaluate documentation including student employee and policy manuals
  • Implement and provide feedback on policies and guidelines while creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in related field
  • Demonstrated communication, leadership, and organizational skills
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills
  • Customer service experience
  • Ability to think creatively and critically to identify and solve problems

Sports Program (Esports) Internship

Divisional Responsibilities

  • Develop professional relationships with co-workers, participants and guests
  • Uphold and exceed the expectations of the Rec Well mission, vision, and values
  • Fully participate in the Rec Well Professional Intern development program
  • Demonstrate a desire to learn and apply knowledge as a Rec Well ambassador
  • Take ownership of Rec Well facilities and programs by exhibiting a responsible work ethic
  • Promote and maintain cleanliness and appearance within and surrounding Rec Well facilities
  • Enforce Rec Well policies and procedures to promote participant safety and satisfaction
  • Respond to all emergency situations and adhere to established protocol including pre- and post- incident procedures
  • Attend leadership seminars, staff meetings, board meetings, executive meetings, professional association meetings, and other relevant meetings as requested

General Responsibilities

  • Develop student positions needed to support Esports programming, including shoutcasters and streamers
  • Assist with the recruitment, hiring, supervision, management, and mentorship of Esports student staff
  • Assist with the management and maintenance of the Rec Well Discord and Twitch channels
  • Provide resources, education, and engagement for the Esports campus community at large via workshops, guest speakers, job fairs, etc to develop career path pipelines
  • Manage and execute programming responsibilities for select Esports-related Intramural Sports leagues and special events, including revision of rules, marketing, monitoring of registration, communication with captains and participants, reschedules and playoff format, inventory control, assessment, and evaluation
  • Serve as a liaison to the Esports Club, including all aspects of club oversight such as risk management, inventory, waiver collection, website update, monthly officer meetings and priority points tracking system
  • Maintain daily office hours to assist with administrative duties including answering phone calls and e-mail correspondence, stocking first aid kits with proper supplies, record retention and filing, and customer service
  • Maintain a presence at Esports-related Intramural Sports events and Sport Club competitions
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or for academic degree requirements
  • First Aid, CPR and AED certification or ability to attain it within first week of employment
  • Discord, Twitch, and other Esports software management experience
  • Strong communication, leadership, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • Must be able to attend department-wide and program specific trainings
  • Proficiency in e-mail client and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel & Access) required
  • Ability to work 25 hours per week

Program Goals

The goals of the professional internship program are to:

  • Provide interns with the experience upon which to build professional careers and practice the application of skills
  • Allow interns to apply, evaluate, test, and integrate academic knowledge and theoretical concepts in a work setting
  • Develop and expand interns’ knowledge about themselves and their professional abilities, goals, and career interests in a work setting
  • Expand interns’ awareness of the university campus and the field of campus recreation
  • Provide interns with experience in the disciplined and discriminatory use of evidence in making decisions and solving problems in a work setting
  • Enhance the perspective of the Division by bringing in novel perspective and creative ideas
  • Leverage specialized strengths and skills sets of the intern in order to augment the abilities of the professional staff

Additional Information

Internship Details

  • Academic year internships are limited-time employments lasting 9 months or 1,043 total hours
  • Internship dates are approximate and will run mid-August through May
  • Interns will be compensated at a rate of $18.50/hour for an average of 30 hours/week
  • Allotted time off for winter break and spring break (approximately three weeks)
  • Position requires a criminal background investigation and valid driver’s license
  • Housing, benefits, and health insurance not included

Requirements

  • Achieve or advancing towards Bachelor’s Degree or higher in related field
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 is preferred (For academic year interns only)
  • Demonstrate communication, leadership, and organizational skills
  • Ability to think creatively and critically to identify and solve problems
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification or ability to attain it within the first week of employment

Learn More

For more information about our professional internship program, please contact Chad Schultz at chad.schultz@wisc.edu or (608) 262-9398.