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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. With the Nicholas Recreation Center expected to open in 2020, we still have two more facilities to design. 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.

Earlier this month, we hosted an online info session highlighting what it means to work at University Recreation & Wellbeing. Watch a recorded version of the full presentation below and view a PDF of the presentation here.

Watch the presentation

Summer Internships

Summer interns join our team for 8 – 10 weeks between May and August. Responsibilities are mostly project-based and offer opportunities to develop specific skills related to your career interests.

No current openings.

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.

Please apply using the online form below. Positions are open until filled.

Application review will begin January 31.

Apply to academic year internships

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Member Experience Intern

The Member Experience Intern at Recreation & Wellbeing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will play an integral role in supporting operations and member services at all facilities. They will gain valuable campus recreation and leadership experience in day-to-day facility operations, opening a new facility, and staff management.

General Expectations:

  • 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
  • Have a strong working knowledge of all facilities

Project Management Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train, manage, and evaluate student employees
  • Assist with student staff scheduling
  • Help with student staff payroll
  • Work closely with the Member Experience Professional staff with day-to-day facility operations
  • Assist with updates to the Connect2Concepts and Fusion software
  • Support grand opening events for the Nicholas Recreation Center
  • Assist with the creation of the 2021-2022 budget
  • Work closely with the Assistant Director of Operations and Risk Management on improving risk management protocols and procedures across all facilities
  • Assist with safety and certification audits
  • Assist with facility tours

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

Additional Information:

  • This is a limited time employment (LTE) lasting 9 months or 1043 total hours
  • Internship dates are approximate and will run mid-August through end of May
  • Interns will be compensated at a rate of $17/hour for an average of 30 hours per week
  • Allotted time off during winter break and spring break (approximately three weeks)
  • Position requires a criminal background investigation and a valid driver’s license
  • Housing, benefits and health insurance are not included

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Program Goals

The goals of the professional internship program are:

  • 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

Learn More

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