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Campus Recreation Internship Program

The purpose of the Campus Recreation Internship Program is to offer the student a practical application experience, thus bridging the gap between the academic setting and career goals and aspirations. The student intern will be given the opportunity to learn about the foundation of the department and program areas. The student will have the opportunity to assess his/her skills in an active, learning environment in order to test current knowledge and to develop new skills within his/her area of interest. The student will be provided a working atmosphere that encourages personal and professional growth in order to assist in accomplishing his/her internship goals.

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of the internship, the student will have:

  • Engaged in meaningful career-oriented responsibilities that were designed to increase knowledge and skills, and improve upon weaknesses.
  • Integrated classroom theory with real-world working experiences.
  • Been provided experiences to build confidence, competence, and insight into personal skills and attributes.

Position Terms

  • Full-time or Part-time positions available year-round.
  • No stipend available for internship, however, there may be a possibility of future employment within department. 
  • Conduct the internship in a program area that complements his/her educational background or field of interest
  • Hours determined by the hiring supervisor, student and Academic Advisor/Internship Coordinator.
  • Display a willingness to learn and to be an active member of the Campus Recreation staff
  • Have a junior or senior academic status or graduate student (based on credit hours completed)
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Abide by the set number of weeks/hours to complete the internship
  • Have or be willing to obtain a recognized CPR/AED and/or First Aid Certifications (based on program area)
  • Complete all evaluative materials per deadline requirements (academic department and Campus Recreation)
  • Work with assigned program area supervisor to set and abide by agreed upon learning objectives identified through your Learning Contract.

Campus Recreation works with students pursuing any academic major to design an internship that meets their needs. Majors in Kinesiology, Physical Education, Health Promotion, Business, Marketing, Accounting, Graphic Design, and Environmental Studies are just some of the majors that can fulfill an internship at Campus Recreation.

Available Internships

See program area job descriptions for more information and details.

Application Process

Once candidates have determined what the internship requirements for the particular academic major, interested candidates should submit a a complete application, a cover letter, indicating which internship position they are interested in, their academic requirements and their career goals, along with a current resume with three references. Please submit application materials to: Northern Illinois University, Campus Recreation Internship Program DeKalb, IL 60115, fax materials to 815-753-0245, or submit electronically to CampusRecreation@niu.edu.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about Campus Recreation at:

http://www.niu.edu/campusrec.  Our website will assist you in discovering more about our organization and our commitment to the development of emerging professionals.  For additional information contact Patty Lee, Office Support Specialist at CampusRecreation@niu.edu. 

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Facility Operations Intern Job Description

A learning contract will be set up between the student and supervisor for the duration of the internship.

Additional Qualifications

  • First Aid/CPR Certification or willingness to complete certification during internship.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Administration
    • Contract scheduling
    • Reservation software system
    • Oversight of group reservation surveys
    • Participation (counts) data analysis for groups
    • Work order tracking
  • Programming
    • Special Event Production
    • Liaison with departments (SILD, Public Safety)
  • Marketing
    • Tabling
    • Surveys
    • Outreach
  • Supervision
    • Special Events
    • Assist CR staff on-site
  • Equipment
    • Inventory
    • Management
    • Research & purchase
    • Demos

 


Financial and Business Operations Intern Job Description

Semester:                                           Summer 2014   

Title of Position/Working Title:         Financial and Business Operations Intern Description

Pay (per hour):                                  Unpaid  

Goal of the position
This position is responsible for the financial and business operations of Campus Recreation

Position Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled at NIU and be progressing towards a degree
  • Must be CPR/AED, Blood Borne Pathogen, and First Aid certified which can be acquired at Campus Recreation
  • Current student (undergraduate or graduate) who is pursuing a degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or Finance (or individual who has previous finance or business administration experience).
    • This position is designated as security sensitive.  In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment background investigation which includes a criminal background check.
    • In alignment with NIU policies regarding internship criteria:
    • Interns will be required to work at least 120 hours during each semester. However, most interns will work around 10-15 hours per week. Occasional evening work will be required.
    • The minimum NIU GPA required for applying to this position is 2.0.  A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
    • All applicants must be current NIU students and must have earned a minimum of 30 undergraduate-level credit hours (from NIU or other sources) by the end of summer session 2014.
    • Successful candidates will be required to report their internship position using Career Services' website: www.niu.edu/careerservices/forms/reporting

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Specialization Areas/Special Projects
    (The person will work on one of the projects in addition to administration and other duties).
    • Digital Archives – Intern will assist in addressing the following needs/questions related to establishing a digital archive:   Identify what files can be archived digitally; determine how much information is being collected presently and what will be planned for future use;  communicate with ITS to determine how much server or file space will be needed for digital archive, and the location on the server where the files will reside; identify a consistent protocol for naming electronic files to be stored in the archive.
    •  Facility Reservations – forms online, ParQ, waivers online, design forms for each area
    • Time Clock Programs – Gather information from co-workers on what to look for in a time clock program, make rating sheet, rate each time clock program
    • Responsible for Administration Duties
      • Assist with payroll entry
      • Contact patrons about purchase orders/payments/issues
      • Errands: Deliver and pick up envelopes/packages from various offices on/off campus on foot/bicycle/Huskie bus
      • Assist with processing Human Resources paperwork for student staff
      • Update paper archives
      • Update Event Business Management Systems accounts/orders
      • Responsible for Lost and Found
        • Deliver to appropriate offices items recovered and unclaimed from Campus Recreation facilities
        • Inventory items that have been recovered and are unclaimed
        • Record /document forms related to lost and found recovery and claimed items
  • Must be knowledgeable in the areas of risk management and emergency procedures and be able to respond to emergencies within established guidelines 
  • Enforce all Campus Recreation and NIU policies and procedures 
  • Establish good relationships, resolve conflicts, and communicate policies and procedures to patrons

Position Expectations

  • Decision making and problem solving related to staff, customers/clients and facilities
  • Versatility in fulfilling responsibilities
    (This internship will require the ability to work in team settings, as well as independently).
  • Work with students of diverse educational, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to perform duties in a dynamic, changing, and diverse environment
  • Genuine interest in gaining experience and knowledge to enhance career-related skills
  • Work in a customer/client environment
  • Supervision of Building Staff members
  • Good organizational skills and able to work independently
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Capacity to work well in a customer/client and team environment
  • Genuine interest in gaining experience and knowledge to enhance skills in chosen career
  • Some skills in utilizing Microsoft Office (word, excel, power point), the Putty System, EBMS, Website or other related software

Supervision for this Internship

  • The supervisor for this position will be the Office Support Specialist, a full-time professional staff member in the department.
  • Meetings between the intern and the supervisor are scheduled once per week
  • Supervisor(s) will provide feedback and opportunities for personal reflection to ensure experiences are useful for the intern in developing career-related competencies
  • Personal and career-related goal setting: Interns will identify two competencies (from the following list) to improve upon during the semester: Cognitive Complexity, Knowledge Acquisition, Humanitarianism, Civic Engagement, Interpersonal & Interpersonal Competence, Practical Competence, and Persistence & Academic Achievement
  • A learning contract will be set up between the student and supervisor for the duration of the internship or practicum

Expected Learning and Benefits of this Internship

  • Apply classroom learning to a real workplace setting
  • Analyze your interpersonal abilities (working with staff members and those served by the department) to develop effective professional and customer service skills
  • Participate in programs/opportunities that support your professional development
  • Make decisions based on situations related to your responsibility(ies)/role(s)
  • Articulate how your work relates to  the department’s goals and outcomes
  • Evaluate your career-related strengths and areas for further development
  • Evaluate how you think you fit with career-related responsibilities, work environments and expectations (Test drive a position or field you are considering as a career)
  • Develop a professional network of supervisors and colleagues familiar with your work-related skills

Employment Process

Refer to our website at http://www.niu.edu/campusrec/employment/internships.shtml#Financial for more employment information.  Intern applicants should also apply through Huskies Get Hired at www.gethired.niu.edu.

All interested applicants must send the following items to be considered for this position:

  1. Cover letter (indicating their academic requirements and their career goals)
  2. Resume
  3. Intern application
  4. Three references (work-related or academically-related) with names, position title, e-mail addresses, phone numbers

Documents may be submitted by one of these methods (Deadline is by April 24, 2014):

  • E-mail (CampusRecreation@niu.edu)
  • Submit in person at Student Recreation Center (Attn: Patty Lee)
  • Send by mail to Attn:  Patty Lee, Campus Recreation, Student Recreation Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL  60115

All documents must be in by the deadline in order to be considered for this position. 

 


Fitness and Wellness Intern Job Description

A learning contract will be set up between the student and supervisor for the duration of the internship or practicum.

Additional Qualifications

  • Interns must possess skills in the area of fitness testing, group exercise instruction, consultation, and employee wellness.
  • Aerobics Instructor or Personal Trainer experience, AFAA or ACE certified are preferred but not required.
  • Interns are strongly encouraged to complete ACE or ACSM certification at their expense by the end of their internship.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Administration
    • Assist in the development, implementation, marketing and evaluation of fitness programming, including group exercise and personal training.
    • Develop educational fitness/wellness materials and workshops for Campus Recreation staff and patrons.
    • Assist in providing continuing education opportunities for Fitness & Wellness employees such as workshops and certifications.
    • Maintain open and constant communication with group fitness instructors & personal trainers through various outreach methods.
  • Assessment
    • Distribute student satisfaction surveys
    • Do a small and/or assessment project
    • (Assist) Create survey/questionnaire
    • Input satisfaction survey data
  • Inventory Control
    • Assist with equipment quotes (research company, research product, solicit bids, etc.)
    • Management of daily maintenance and cleaning of equipment
    • Report condition of equipment
  • Programming/Event Management
    • Event planning and coordinator
    • Outreach activities
    • Risk management/safety practicesSet-up/break-down
    • Special Event Production
  • Marketing
    • Create and market an event to market to perspective members
    • Develop written content for promotions and program highlights
    • Distribution of marketing materials
    • Eating Disorder Awareness Week
    • Health & Wellness Fair
    • Facilitate social media (TV, newspaper, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
    • Open houses
    • Tabling
  • Projects (Each intern will direct one or two projects):
    • Teach Group Fitness Classes
    • Provide health related articles for bi-monthly member E-Newsletter
    • Create and Implement in house training component for operations staff      on basics of stretching, equipment use and proper lifting technique.
    • Creation and implement of wellness clinics on relevant topics for NIU full time employees.
    • Conduct blood pressure screening seminars on a regular basis.
    • Conduct fitness evaluation open houses for members to pre schedule free evaluations.

 


Intramural Sports Intern Job Description

A learning contract will be set up between the student and supervisor for the duration of the internship.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Administration
    • Daily binder set up
    • Score sheet set up
    • Input roster / scores
    • Rec Reward input – prep for Greer
  • Assessment
    • Distribute student satisfaction surveys
    • Input satisfaction surveys
  • Marketing
    • Tabling
    • Distribution of marketing materials
    • Hanging flyers/posters
    • SA group mailboxes
  • Supervision Field/court supervision
    • Set up/break down
    • Risk management
  • Inventory Control
    • Check (quantity) equipment twice per semester
    • Report / chart condition of equipment
    • Assist with equipment quotes (research company, research product, solicit bids, etc.)

 


Marketing Intern Job Description

A learning contract will be set up between the student and supervisor for the duration of the internship.

Additional Qualifications

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel

Areas of Responsibility

  • Rec Rewards Program
    • Collect/analyze prize surveys
    • Enter participant info
    • Evaluate program strength/weaknesses
    • Follow-up for prize redemption
    • Maintain weekly points
    • Compose and send update, point, prize, and drawing emails
  • General Program(s) Promotion
    • Distribution of materials on campus and community
    • Identify program marketing opportunities
    • CR tabling events
    • Open houses
    • Surveys
  • Webpage
    • Auditing web page / social media for university standards
    • Developing a web update schedule – upcoming  or out-of-date program offerings
    • Developing written content for web site / social media
    • Updating web content

 


Open Recreation Intern Job Description

A learning contract will be set up between the student and supervisor for the duration of the internship

Additional Qualifications

  • CPR/First Aid Certified

Areas of Responsibility

  • Administration
    • Scheduling
    • Time sheets
    • Paper work oversight
    • Participation (counts) data analysis
    • Benchmarking best practice institutions
  • Programming
    • Targeted populations
  • Marketing
    • Tabling
    • Surveys
    • Outreach
  • Supervision
    • Satellite oversight
  • Equipment
    • Check-out equipment management
  • Job Areas
    • Membership Services support

 


Outdoor Adventures Intern Job Description

A learning contract will be set up between the student and supervisor for the duration of the internship

Additional Qualifications

  •  Demonstrated experience serving in a leadership role.
  •  Well organized, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and mature individual.
  • To lead any programs, must be CPR/AED, Blood Born Pathogen, and Wilderness First Aid certified.
  • Basic Excel and Word skills

Areas of Responsibility

  • Administration
    • EBMS
    • Procedure Manuals
    • Staff Manuals (Trips, Rental, Team)
    • Data entry
    • Benchmark climbing wall
    • Staff training (new hire, professional development, workshops)
    • Reports
  • Programming Trips
    • Trip location resources
    • Types of trips resources
    • Trip handouts
    • Custom trip offerings
    • Outdoor orientation program
  • Programming Team building
    • Activity Manual and Initiatives development
    • Benchmark high/low ropes
    • Workshop development
  • Marketing
    • Listserv emails
    • Social Media outlet via blog or Twitter
    • Promo video
    • Event planning and coordination (Camp on Campus, Winter Wonderland, Adventure Race)
  • Rental Program
    • Contract management
    • Services (bikes, snowboards)
    • Reports
    • Outdoor Resources (ex. local run/bike routes)
    • Equipment inventory and maintenance
  • Job Areas
    • Trips
    • Rental
    • Team building
    • Custom Trip

 

Sport Clubs Intern Job Description

A learning contract will be set up between the student and supervisor for the duration of the internship

Areas of Responsibility

  • Administration
    • Daily email check and binder set up
    • Input  and file club paperwork
    • Update Sport Club Point System
    • Rec Reward input – prep for Greer
    • Call/email clubs as needed
  • Assessment
    • Call/email leading universities
    • Do 3 small assessment pieces and one large assessment piece throughout semester
    • (Assist) Create survey/questionnaire
    • Input satisfaction surveys
  • Marketing
    • Tabling
    • Distribution of marketing materials
    • Hanging flyers/posters
    • SA group mailboxes
    • Sport Club member marketing events
    • Create and market an event for Sport Clubs to market to perspective members
  • Supervision
    • Supervise Club weekend events
    • Risk management
    • Prepare ice and water for field use for weekend tournaments
    • Provide crowd control and event oversight
    • Assist athletic trainer
  • Inventory Control
    • Check (quantity) equipment twice per semester
    • Report / chart condition of equipment
    • Assist with equipment quotes (research company, research product, solicit bids, etc.)
    • Purchase events
  • Club Travel
    • Call and research hotels
    • Book hotels
    • Create travel binders
    • Communicate with clubs traveling about needs when traveling