Internship Postings

Internship Postings

We are now accepting Internship Postings for January to April 2020 from approved recreation agencies.

Outdoor Recreation Council of BC PO Box 28112 West Pender St. PO.

Main Contact: Louise Pedersen
Phone Number: 604-873-5546
Fax Number: N/A
Email: louisepedersen@orcbc.ca
Website: www.orcbc.ca
Description: 
The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORC) is an umbrella organization composed of organizational members that represent the broad and diverse spectrum of outdoor recreation user groups in BC, including paddlers, hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, quad riders, 4WDs, sport fishers and nature interests. We work to promote and advocate for access to and responsible use of BC's outdoors for public recreation, build bridges between outdoor recreation groups and represent the broad interests of the outdoor recreation community to government and industry. he ORC co-chairs the Provincial Trails Advisory Body (PTAB) with Recreation Sites and Trails BC (an agency under the Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development). The PTAB is a working group with representatives from government and the outdoor recreation sector that provides advice to the BC government on the implementation of the Trails Strategy for British Columbia.

Position:
The intern will provide administrative support to the ORC for the planning of the 2021 Share the Trails educational summit. Share the Trails is an annual one-day event in April 2021 that showcases creative and innovative approaches to outdoor recreation research, planning, policy development and management. It brings together BC’s outdoor recreation groups to learn best practices, engage in discussions, make connections and network with other outdoor recreation practitioners, build understanding and resolve conflict. ORC has co-delivered this summit with Horse Council BC since 2010. This symposium is attended by 60-100 participants and any relevant findings/synopsis is shared with around 400 people. The intern's responsibilities include planning of the event theme; research and contact prospective speakers; create communications collateral for the ORC’s website, e-newsletter and digital media; draft the event schedule and agenda; attend the event and support with logistical needs; and help develop the event synopsis which will be shared after the event.

The KidSafe Project Society #201 - 211 East Georgia

Main Contact: Lizette Gatlabayan
Phone Number: 778-999-0861
Fax Number: N/A
Email: lizette@kidsafe.ca
Website: https://www.kidsafe.ca/
Description: 
KidSafe provides vulnerable children and youth with the safety, nutrition, and educational programming they need and deserve during school breaks.

Position:

Working with the Manager of Programming in preparation, running, and reflection of break time (spring break) programming. This include hiring, organization of programming, logistics of sites, and collection of data from staff for future programs.

Outdoor Recreation Council of BC PO Box 28112 West Pender St. PO.

Main Contact: Louise Pedersen
Phone Number: 604-873-5546
Fax Number: N/A
Email: louisepedersen@orcbc.ca
Website: www.orcbc.ca
Description: 
The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORC) is an umbrella organization composed of organizational members that represent the broad and diverse spectrum of outdoor recreation user groups in BC, including paddlers, hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, quad riders, 4WDs, sport fishers and nature interests. We work to promote and advocate for access to and responsible use of BC's outdoors for public recreation, build bridges between outdoor recreation groups and represent the broad interests of the outdoor recreation community to government and industry. he ORC co-chairs the Provincial Trails Advisory Body (PTAB) with Recreation Sites and Trails BC (an agency under the Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development). The PTAB is a working group with representatives from government and the outdoor recreation sector that provides advice to the BC government on the implementation of the Trails Strategy for British Columbia.

Position:
The intern will provide administrative and creative support to the ORC for the planning of the 2021 International Trails Day on June 5. International Trails Day is a chance to get out and celebrate the day by enjoying and using the local trails. The day is traditionally celebrated on the first Saturday of June across North America. The intern's responsibilities include helping the ORC plan a BC-specific program around Trails Day; plan a media and communications plan; create communications collateral for the ORC’s website, e-newsletter and digital media to promote the event; attend the event and support with logistical needs.

Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities PO Box 28112 West Pender St. PO.

Main Contact: Michelle Ingall
Phone Number: 604.530.8717x203
Fax Number: 604.530.8617
Email: mingall@prda.ca
Website: prda.ca
Description: 
PRDA is a therapeutic recreational horseback riding facility that offers riding lessons and equestrian activities to children and adults with a wide range of challenges. OUr Mission is to enhance the lives of our clients through equestrian therapy, which benefits them physically, emotionally and psychologically. Our wonderful team of therapy horses, staff and volunteers help our riders achieve their individual goals, both in the saddle and beyond. PRDA also has Equine Facilitated Learning Programs for people struggling with personal challenges or mental health issues. We have worked with children who've witnessed abuse, women with eating disorders, people with schizophrenia and typical people with typical problems.

Position:
Despite COVID-19, PRDA is still able to offer our services to about 50% of our clients. This means our Langara intern would still have a terrific opportunity to learn all aspects of our recreational therapeutic riding centre. The Intern would be helping out in classes (with appropriate distancing and PPE), work directly with the horses, and learn from our riders and staff about all types of disabilities. The Intern will also get a hands-on learning experience by discovering the many benefits of horseback riding to people with disabilities. No previous horse experience is necessary, we will teach you everything you need to know. Experience working with people with disabilities is also unnecessary. Just an open mind and a sense of humour! The ability to adapt and work in a dynamic environment with a small, dedicated staff is imperative as no two days are alike. If you are looking for a unique internship experience that is challenging yet fun, PRDA is the place for you! I am always available by email if you have any questions, or you can contact any of our previous interns. Thanks! :)

Main Contact: Sue Griffin
Phone Number: 236-317-3303 or 236-317-3305
Email: sue.griffin@cmha.bc.ca
Website: vf.cmha.bc.ca
Description: 

As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) helps people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness or addiction. We do this by building capacity, influencing policy, providing services and developing resources. Together we positively impact change, creating a community that supports mental health and reduces the stigma associated with mental illness. We believe everyone deserves to be mentally healthy and live in a healthy community. CMHA-VF recognizes 3 pillars of work: wellness and community inclusion, early intervention and prevention and mental health promotion. By offering community-based mental health education, services, and supports for children, youth, adults and seniors, CMHA Vancouver-Fraser contributes to the long-term health and wellbeing of our communities

Position:
The Langara Intern will have the unique opportunity to support the Communications Department in the areas of administration, strategic planning, event logistics and management of annual marketing initiatives. The internship provides the student with a diverse portfolio of experiences including two campaigns: 1) CMHA – Vancouver Fraser Top Pledgers event acknowledging Top Donor’s, designing a campaign (communication, marketing plan and budget) to celebrate their commitment and participation on an annual basis. These individuals raise funds to support our children and youth programs by participating in one of 3 events: CMHA-VF’s Ride Don’t Hide, BMO Vancouver Marathon and Scotiabank Half Marathon. 2) Implement a campaign to recruit our cycling team participants, targeting corporate and organizations, for our annual fundraising event; CMHA-VF’s Ride Don’t Hide. These teams raise funds for CMHA VF and they also encourage team building within organizations. 3) Provide assistance with volunteer administration and content gathering of testimonials, stories, images and videos for our communications department. Should you have a strong interest in communication, campaign development, event planning, resource development and a passion for supporting mental health in our community, CMHA-VF would welcome your application.

Foolish Operations Society 103-228 East 18th ave

Main Contact: Julie Lebel 
Phone Number: 778.316.8271
Email: foolishoperations@gmail.com
Website: www.foolishoperations.org
Description: 
Vision: Discovering and creating dance experiences together. Mission statement: Foolish Operations is a non-profit society creating and discovering new dance experiences where professionals and non-professionals, young and old alike are capable, make choices and solve problems, lead and follow, create and collaborate. Our work is inter-generational, inter-subjective, place-based, and often involves families. We celebrate children as agents of their own creative choices. We explore the power of play to re-shape reality through dance and related arts in performances, installations, workshops and classes. We research and develop the field of community engaged arts and dance education as well as share our best practices with artists, educators and organizations through conferences and workshops.

Position:
Foolish Operations runs multiple workshops and interactive performances that engage families with very young children throughout the year. We also champion a professional development program to train artists in our approach informed by developmental movement science, Reggio Emilia philosophy for early years education and attachment theory. In all our activities and in the management of our projects and programs we value health, collaboration and learning. With the support of the artistic director, the coordinator will:

  • manage registrations, participants lists, waivers, etc, using our current tools (google forms, google contacts, etc).
  • promote and communicate with the participants and public in collaboration with our communication staff
  • book spaces or work with partners for confirming venues, spaces and schedules. We work closely with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture, the City of Surrey, the Surrey Libraries, the City of Port Coquitlam, etc.
  • confirm artists schedules, contracts and waivers
  • build technical riders for our new activities, performances and workshops in collaboration with the Artistic director and the artists.
  • update our production schedule and learn to anticipate workflow
  • use our management tools such as Asana for task management, google calendar for booking our artists, etc.
  • document your learning process to facilitate the training of next intern and to make sure we can best support you.
  • bilingual (French or English) is an asset to work with us but not strictly necessary for this position.

Foolish Operations is in its fourth year of existence. We do not have an office. We therefore require that the intern must use their own internet and computer for this position and may be able to contribute to a portion of internet usage costs.

YMCA of Greater Vancouver 300-5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC V5R 6B2

Main Contact: Alex Ngai
Phone Number: 604.633.3582
Email: alex.ngai@gv.ymca.ca
Website: https://www.gv.ymca.ca
Description: 
The YMCA is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. With a commitment to help vulnerable children and families, promote healthy living and reduce isolation, the YMCA ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. With more than 170 locations across the Lower Mainland, the Y has the long-standing relationships and the physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Though the world may be unpredictable, one thing remains certain - the YMCA is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, secure and connected children and youth, families and communities.

Position:
To be determined due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Burnaby Neighbourhood House Society 100-4460 Beresford Street, Burnaby, BC V5H 0B8

Main Contact: Sara Shaw
Phone Number: 604.431.0400 / 604.782.2566
Fax Number: 604.431.9499
Email: saras@burnabynh.ca
Website: https://burnabynh.ca
Description: 
A neighbourhood house serves as a community focal point – a place where families and individuals can go to get support and services; a place where new immigrants become involved in their community and can find information and resources that will help them with their adaptation and integration into the community; where seniors and youth can gather; and where all these groups can come together in activities and events that aim to link generations and cultures and create a stronger community. It seeks the involvement and input of community members in the development and implementation of supportive programs and services. It draws residents together to create a healthier community through their involvement. Our mission is to make neighbourhoods a better place to live. Our goal is to enable people to enhance their lives and strengthen their communities. Our challenge is to work with communities to develop innovative programs and services that meet the changing needs of a diverse population.

Position:
Burnaby Neighbourhood House is seeking an Internship Student to work alongside our Program directors to support a wide range of programs such as Seniors Together, School Age Friendship Clubs, Volunteers, and Community Events. This position is very flexible in order to meet the needs of the internship student.

Squash BC 4867 Ontario Street

Main Contact: Rebecca Anton
Phone Number: 604-737-3084
Email: office@squashbc.com
Website: www.squashbc.com

Description:
Squash BC is a non-profit organization providing leadership and direction for the growth and development of the sport of squash in BC. We will do this by:

• Promoting the growth of squash throughout BC and encouraging more people to play squash.

• Providing valued services to our individual members and squash clubs in BC.

• Promoting and sanctioning competitions within BC. • Promoting our athletes at the national and international levels of play.

• Developing programs that will increase the level of play and improve the quality of coaching and refereeing.

• Building strong relationships with BC squash clubs and local, provincial, national and international squash associations.

• Seeking and accepting gifts, donations and legacies that will further the sport of squash.

Position:
This internship position will support the growth and maintenance of existing Squash BC programs and services as well as the development of new squash pilot programs to introduce and engage new participants in the game of squash. The student will work closely with the Executive Director, the Sport Development Manager and Member Services and Operations Manager. The student will have opportunities to shadow Squash BC staff, as they conduct their day to day business and will participate in the strategic and operational implementation and planning for the current squash season. The student will have regular evaluation meetings with the supervisor(s) to review work plan targets and achievements. A season end written performance review will also be provided.

Potential Tasks & Responsibilities

• Working with the relevant program manager, develop strategies to expand and improve current programs and services

• Update materials and key documents for programs e.g. Jr Pathway, Coaching, Officiating, policies and procedures manual, operations manual, etc.

• Prepare new tools to support programs

• Assist in the design and writing of marketing tools and materials to support fundraising, member engagement and youth and provincial squash programs

• Update the Squash BC membership database including coaching & officiating databases; contact lists for key Club and Association representatives and key supporters

• Support the delivery of the Squash BC e-newsletter including writing articles for future use

• Update the Squash BC website as needed

• Assist with the administration tasks for the SQBC office including general correspondence; resource library; mail; etc.

• Other work as required

Gathering Place Community Centre 609 Helmcken Street

Main Contact: Andrew Mori
Phone Number: 604.257.3867 or 604.665.2391
Email: andy.mori@vancouver.ca
Website: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/gathering-place-community-centre.aspx#redirect 

Description: 
The Gathering Place Community Centre offers programs and services to the Downtown South community. We primarily serve vulnerable populations, including people on lower income, people with disabilities, seniors, people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, the LGBTQ community, youth, and people who are homeless. We provide accessible and engaging programs with a focus on food and nutrition, health, education, recreation, arts and culture, and community development.

Position:
The Gathering Place has an internship opportunity for Assistant Recreation Coordinator position with our Recreation team to work on programming like arts, crafts, and special events at a neighbourhood community scale. A Langara Bachelor of Recreation Management alum will be the supervisor of this opportunity.

Internship Description:

What are the student’s duties:

• Perform assistance duties to the arts and special events. Fitness programs are closed and subject by clearance by health and city authorities for re-opening due to COVID-19.

• Assist and support organizing event organizer in their day to day tasks.

• Greet guests and take care of their needs at special events.

• Conduct research on resources and bookings for programming.

• Maintain and manage event databases, timelines and files.

• Interact and coordinate with other staff in conducting programs.

• Implement best practices and standards at special events and programs.

• What is the level of supervision provided to the student?

• Direction and leadership – organizing regular meetings, enabling students to develop new ideas, being flexible in project choice, encouraging ideas, and connecting students with networks.

• Competence concerning the student’s project – familiarity with relevant literature, expertise in the area of the project, and with a global perspective on the research area.

• Approachability and friendliness – being supportive, positive, open-minded, stimulating, enthusiastic, and willing to recognize errors.

• Academic and intellectual standing – being a creative, flexible thinker and a good researcher, with a consistent publication record, familiarity with funding bodies, and professional standing in the field (Cullen et al., 1994, as cited in Orellana et al., 2016).

• What is the level of complexity of the tasks expected from the student?

• Some tasks would be at entry and learning level with duties of a routine nature where the student gradually assumes the specific responsibilities associated with the job class. Decisions taken at this level relate to routine matters with direction by the supervisor.

• After setting group goals, independent level tasks begin which require tasks done independently. The student may perform duties in the areas of technical support, design and analysis, and can be required to make recommendations. The person holding such a position may also exercise supervisory responsibilities, but not on a regular and ongoing basis. Work is performed under the supervision of the supervisor, who reviews the completed work to assess the degree of judgment and compliance with standards.

• Progression to team leader or specialist level may be warranted under special circumstances and competence. The team leader level is characterized by the supervision, coordination and planning of the activities of volunteers with staff supervision. At the specialist level, the student's skills are applied to providing strategic orientation for complex projects and analyses. These projects stand out due to their exceptional or novel nature and the major impact they have on the organization. Specialists can go beyond their fields of expertise to make connections with other fields.

• How does this role relate to the goals of the unit/program?

By applying classroom studies to real-world scenarios would be an invaluable experience. This is especially true for the Arts student looking for a career in community arts and cultural events for diverse populations.

Qualifications:

• What are the previous skills/knowledge that the student must possess to be successful in this position?

A willingness to learn, get out of a comfort zone and use evidenced-based innovative solutions. Experience leading community workshops or events recommended.

• What are the elements needed for a student to be a great fit for this position?

Patience, tolerance and empathy for the challenges patrons face. Seeing where service gaps lie and suggest how to fill them. Inspect equipment and work practices to see if they conform to safety and quality issues. Also, possess a lot of enthusiasm and due diligence.

Student Learning Components:

• What kinds of orientation and training will the student receive?

Safety orientation and help to develop a portfolio plan for certifications for recreation, for instance. Feedback & Ongoing Support Weekly debriefs, messaging and ongoing open-door policy will be done to make mid-course adjustments and celebrating milestones.

• What Mentorship Opportunities will be available for the student?

• Free exchange of information, skills, training, support and a networking opportunity.

• Go beyond the traditional learning methods of labour market research for knowledge, experiences and guidance.

• What kinds of Encouragement and Support for Reflection will the student receive?

Try on different roles to see what you could excel in and what needs improvement. Frequent debriefs.

• How does this position develop and enhance the student’s personal and professional development?

Serve as a yardstick in presenting what skillsets the student already possesses, and what gaps in certification/experience are needed to fit the industry’s needs.

• How does this position complement classroom learning?

Takes the theory of recreation philosophy, ethics and best practices and applies them in a real-world situation with a community population that has higher barriers to recreation.

• What opportunities does this position offer for the student to develop workplace skills or graduate competencies?

• Apply the skills that you learn at University in a workplace setting

• Gain invaluable experience and contacts in your future profession

• Develop interpersonal and professional skills

• Explore and evaluate future employment opportunities

•One to one career coaching

• Career advising

• Learn how to propose a work experience opportunity

• What opportunities are available for the student to expand their network?

Establish contacts with industry professionals in community arts and special event organizing.

Works Cited: Orellana, M.L. (2016). Improving doctoral success by matching PhD students with supervisors. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 11, 87-103. Retrieved from http://ijds.org/Volume11/IJDSv11p087-103Orellana1629.pdf

Main Contact: Janet Rerecich
Phone Number: 604.629.0965 ext 234 
Email: jrerecich@bcrpa.bc.ca
Website: www.bcrpa.bc.ca 

Description: 
The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), a not for profit organization, plays a central role in leading the enrichment and improvement of the quality of life of British Columbians and their communities. We do this by championing the power of recreation and parks. We work with the municipal parks and recreation sector and support professional development, training and certification of those employed in the sector.

Position:

The Education Assistant will provide support to the Education & Initiatives Department to ensure efficient administrative operations.

• Admin support for training courses, events and workshops

• Liaising with hosts as needed to arrange for manuals, catering and other hosting needs

• Support various functions around organizing our virtual conferences

• Support the physical activity department in the administration of the fitness registration program

• Assist in researching new markets to promote our programs and conferences

• Assist in the production of marketing & promotion materials

• Support the tradeshow and sponsorship coordinator as required

• Support other projects as required

• Other duties as assigned

Main Contact: Adrian Greszata
Phone Number: 604-822-2033
Email: adrian.greszata@ubc.ca
Website: https://recreation.ubc.ca/aquatics/ 

Description: 
The UBC Aquatic Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that serves athletic training, competition, and neighbourhood leisure needs. The facility services campus, community, and competition. The UBC Aquatic Centre is home to the UBC Thunderbirds and High-Performance Centre of Vancouver. It services community needs through swim lessons for children to adults, daycamps, aquafitness, certification courses, community and recreational swims. The UBC Aquatic Centre is part of UBC Athletics & Recreation. Athletics & Recreation (A&R) is a department within the VP Students portfolio, with a strong focus on creating an exceptional UBC student experience. The A&R Department has a team of approximately 100 employees and is led by a strong cross-unit management team. It services over 20,000 students through recreational programming, 24 varsity teams, 17 competitive club teams, along with thousands of members of the UBC community.

Position:

The intern will:

• Support the Program Coordinators in designing, implementing and marketing swim lessons, aquafitness and certification courses

• Develop customer service and public relations skills including front desk operations

• Learn about faciliity programming/scheduling, staff scheduling, and facility maintenance

• Develop event management skills through assisting in community events, promotions, time trials and larger swim competitions

• Provide support to the administrative team including: Responding to email inquiries, providing registration support, checking in guests for programs and utilizing a new registration software

• Liasing with other departmental colleagues, and learning to network through UBC Recreation

• Develop budgeting, forecasting and planning skills.

• Other duties as assigned

Main Contact: Teri Keller
Phone Number: 778-837-9741
Email: teri.keller@burnaby.ca
Website: burnaby.ca 

Description: 
The City of Burnaby's vision describes what we want our work to achieve, and what we aspire to do for our community. A world-class city committed to creating and sustaining the best quality of life for our entire community. Our core values describe how we do our work. They are the principles that guide our actions and decisions. Our Core Values: Community, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, Passion

Position:

Intern will have the opportunity to gain experience at Bonsor Recreation Complex and other recreation facilities. May focus on one area or gain experiences in a variety of program areas (55+, Fitness, Arenas, Community, Arts, Youth Service, Aquatics, Preschool & Childrens). Will work with Centre Supervisor and various programmers in daily activities and special project work. Base will be Bonsor Recreation Complex which is a large facility that includes all service areas, 55+ facility and pool. Opportunity to network with other City Departments such as Communications & Marketing, Facilities Maintenance, Parks & Culture.