Recreation: Intern

City of Sunnyvale
480 per week $22 Per hour CA Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States


Recreation Intern – Summer 2024 SemesterJob Code:


Hours: Minimum of 480 hours over 13-14 weeks with an option to continue up to 500 hours and/or 6 months. The selected candidate for each season (Spring) will work under the supervision on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with at least a 30-min unpaid lunch break. In addition, some evening/weekend hours are required for special events, special assignments, programs, classes or activities.

Supervision Received and Exercised
Receives general direction from the Recreation Services Manager or Recreation Services Coordinator 2 (depending on the unit) in the Department of Library and Recreation Services. This position may act as a lead with community members.
The City of Sunnyvale Department of Library and Recreation Services is seeking several interns for the spring semester to assist in the Youth & Teens unit. At least one intern will be selected to work in the unit. The intern will have a special project that will be their main assignment as well as assist the work unit with other programs, activities or projects. Note: This internship does not qualify for a Recreation Therapy internship.

Professional Development Opportunities: 
  • Develop experience in program/special event planning and production
  • Apply internet research skills and gain experience in marketing
  • Improve writing skills through a variety of communication mediums (formal and informal correspondence and marketing materials)
  • Gain experience in program planning, marketing programs and activities and implementing ideas into action
  • Gain exposure and experience in program planning in arts, sports, aquatics, youth, teens and older adult recreation
  • Expand professional network in producing classes, activities, events and/or programs

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):
All units:

  • Learns to follow all City standards related to branding and writing (Associated Press style), or as otherwise directed, and meet deadlines
  • Represents the division at community outreach events (such as job or event fairs, special events, etc.) by promoting recreation services and programs
  • Surveys public to ensure program quality and benchmark community needs
  • Research similar programs and events in the Bay Area and beyond and suggests best practices
  • Performs a wide variety of task such as writing program descriptions, proofreading/editing marketing content, flyer design, taking photos or selecting imagery to be used in marketing campaigns 
  • Attends unit or division trainings or meetings as appropriate
  • Assists the Recreation Services Division with additional duties as assigned that may include working some nights and weekends
Youth & Teens Unit
  • Creates marketing material to promote youth, teen and social services programs
  • Maintains, enhances and provides support to programs ran within the unit
  • Plans logistics for special events, including communicating with committee staff members, volunteers and vendors; ordering and organizing supplies and attending planning meetings and discussions
  • Tracks and keep record of program supply purchases and assists with monitoring program budget
  • Provides direct support of programs, including greeting the public and answering questions; helping with set-up and clean-up; and supporting site staff with participant supervision or executing lesson plans and other needs
  • Assists the Coordinators with creating staff work schedules and/or staff trainings
Position is required to work in-person on the Community Center campus and may not work from home. Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination when using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision when reading and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. The need to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds is also required. The job duties may expose the employee to the outdoors, which may include exposure to fumes, dust, allergens and air contaminants. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience
The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program with a major in Recreation, Parks, Tourism, Hospitality, Marketing/Communications, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Theater Arts, Education, Kinesiology, Public Administration or a closely related field.
  • Courses or work/volunteer experience in recreation, parks, tourism, marketing, event planning, visual or performing arts, visual arts, theater, pottery, sports, kinesiology, aquatics, older adults or a related field
Ability to:
  • Follow general instructions, directions and procedures while working effectually with attention to detail
  • Process information and data in a relevant manner to reach reasonable conclusions and make practical decisions
  • Demonstrate flexibility of style relative to specific job assignments, working environments, shift schedules and hours
  • Work effectively with others, as a contributing group or team member on multiple assignments
  • Communicate with high proficiency in both written and spoken English
  • Prioritizing assignments and workload appropriately and responding to multiple deadlines
  • Use independent reasoning to solve programs of moderate complexity
  • Establish and maintain effective professional work relationships with a variety of people, including City staff, volunteers, the public and artists/performers
  • Perform the essential functions of this position
  • Internet research skills, including social media and networking sites
  • Learn Associated Press writing style
  • Creatively solve problems as they arise 
Knowledge of:
  • Art, culture, theater, sports, aquatics, older adults programming and/or special event production in a recreation setting
  • Computer programs utilized in program planning; specifically, Microsoft Publisher, Word and Excel 
Licenses/ Certificates:
Possession at time of hire and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record.

Application and Selection Process

 If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your City of Sunnyvale employment application, the required supplemental questions, enrollment/course verification (copy of transcripts or class listing), Cover Letter, and Resume to the Department of Human Resources.erification (copy of transcripts or class listing) to the Department of Human Resources.
City application forms, completed in full, are required. Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at, Search: Jobs. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
 Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, qualified candidate applications will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. Application materials will be evaluated for job-related skills, experience and education. Individuals with the best match to the position will be invited to participate in an interview.
 Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and information regarding next steps in the recruitment process will be sent via email. Please check your email regularly for status updates. You may contact Faye Brand, HR Technician at:  or 408-730-3015 for recruitment updates.

A valid California Class C driver's licenseand a safe driving record is required for this position at the time of appointment. Should you move forward to be hired for this position, you will be required to turn in a current copy of your DMV driving record. 
 Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.
  For more information regarding this internship, please contact Jesus Raygoza by email to: . For information relating to the application process contact Faye Brand, Human Resources Technician at (408) 730-3015 or email:  The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.