City of Holland Recreation Internship
Employer: City of Holland Recreation
Job Title: Community Recreation Intern
Major: Sports Management
Received Credit: Yes
Description of the Organization
The City of Holland Recreation Department provides Holland, Michigan with diverse and engaging programs in order to better the overall well-being of the community. They offer 137 recreation programs and serve over 21,000 participants each year. In the office, there are six full-time employees and an intern.
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
During my time as an intern, the main programs that I worked with were youth and adult basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, and softball. I also had the opportunity to work a couple of non-sport activities such as the daddy daughter dance and mother son date. I was responsible for finding contacts to send out marketing promotions to in order to increase program participation. I was also a site supervisor for the basketball programs to ensure everything was running smoothly. Lastly, I gained experience in selling sponsorship.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
I gained a lot of interpersonal skills throughout this experience because of how much communication is involved in running these programs! I also gained time management skills as there were certain deadlines to make with some projects.
Favorite Part of the Experience
My favorite part of this internship was being a site supervisor for the adult basketball league. I was able to build relationships with the participants and officials which made it very enjoyable.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
This internship has influenced my career goals because it gave me firsthand experience within a recreation department which is something I had not always considered for my career. I really enjoyed how much creativity is involved in this field and how much opportunity there is for individuals of all ages and skill levels.