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The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine’s Park Planning & Development Division is offering an engaging and educational internship program in which students from the planning, park/recreation or public administration, landscape architecture, urban design, and geography disciplines have the opportunity to apply traditional academic classroom learning to actual work experience within a local government agency, in order to develop personal and professional skills for future career development and placement.

The internship will provide a view of the work performed by park planning professionals in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine to ensure that the needs of the community are met. The internship goal is to provide interns with the following opportunities:

  • Gain practical experience in parks specific project design, management and construction. 
  • Understand the impact of Park and Recreation infrastructure and services to the community and how the agency operates in a municipal government setting.
  • Understand and appreciate duties and responsibilities of PRM personnel.
  • Become involved in activities that will develop professional skills and foster professionalism.
  • Develop a personal philosophy of park and public project design. 
  • Determine professional strengths and areas in which to grow/improve.
  • Develop an understanding of organizational and administrative procedure. 

This is an unpaid internship that provides a rewarding and valuable experience for those seeking introductory work experience or college credit.


Applicants must be a student enrolled in an undergraduate program (at least junior standing) or graduate program, pursing a degree in planning, park/recreation or public administration, landscape architecture, urban design, geography, and/or similar, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


The Department is looking for applicants who have:

  • A basic understanding of park planning principles and community outreach strategies; 
  • Competency in various computer software programs, including Microsoft Office and Internet applications, ArcGIS, Adobe Acrobat Pro, etc.;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Honed research and analytical skills;
  • Motivated self-starter, able to flexibly work independently and work effectively in a team environment
  • Humility and a desire to work on a variety of daily tasks to high priority planning projects
  • Assists staff in collecting and preparing data for various planning projects, staff reports, 
  • Conducts field work, collects parcel data and searches land records
  • Prepares maps and planning reports of limited or variable complexity
  • Researches funding sources and assists with writing grant proposals
  • Provides support to a small team of staff, may assist staff at community meetings
  • Conducts basic office functions as needed, such as data entry, file management, and customer service


The Internship affords opportunities for both career enhancement and personal growth, including resume building and results-oriented work experience. Internships provide the experience and benefit of having worked for an award winning organization with a respected reputation. The Internship is structured to provide each student with daily tasks, division projects and opportunities to assist staff with tangible deliverables, providing a sense of pride and accomplishment, as well as an important building block for students’ resumes.


The Internship should be mutually beneficial to both the student and the organization. The internship is an experiential learning opportunity that provides students with an experience that fosters professional growth. In return, interns are expected to bring solid core work habits – a demonstrated ability to effectively complete assignments, strong communication skills, humility and desire to learn, and knowledge sufficient to successfully carry out and complete your internship assignments. The Department benefits from interns’ enthusiasm and project support which allows the Department to accomplish tasks that may not otherwise receive timely completion.


The internship time commitment ranges from 20-30 hours per week, depending on student schedules. Specific internship schedules will be determined upon internship offer, but will be routine week to week. The Department’s hours are 8:00 am – 5:00pm.

Interns will report to the Park Development Officer, will work at the Department offices at El Dorado Park, and may have periodic field work at the City’s 168 parks.


Two five month park planning internships will be offered each year to bright, engaged college students who meet internship eligibility requirements.

Summer/Fall Internship
July 2016 - November 2016
Application Deadline: May 1, 2016

Winter/Spring Internship
January 2017 - May 2017
Application Deadline: November 1, 2016


Applicants shall submit one copy of each of the following in PDF format to Meredith.Reynolds@longbeach.gov:

1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. Letter of Recommendation - from a professor or previous employer
4. Writing Sample – an existing written assignment that demonstrated candidates best written work