The University of Oregon Physical Education and Recreation Summer Internship Program facilitates the development of real-life industry skills for undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate school or a career in university recreation.

Interns are immersed in a dynamic, challenging environment where they explore and participate in multiple recreation areas including facilities, operations, programming, and administration.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate student of at least 18 years of age
  • Current first aid and CPR certified, or the ability to obtain certifications before the internship
  • GPA: 2.0
  • Must not be enrolled in summer classes during the internship, including online classes
  • Willingness to work variable and extended hours to meet program objectives
  • Effective interpersonal skills and a strong desire to learn

Preferred Qualifications

  • GPA: 2.5
  • Work experience in campus recreation, physical education, therapeutic recreation, youth sports or camps, or other closely related fields.
  • Interest in exploring graduate school or a career in university recreation.
  • Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to current students with sophomore and junior status that will be returning to their campus for at least one year after the summer internship.

Application Process

Email Al Diaz at with a single PDF document containing your résumé and a statement of interest that at a minimum addresses the following questions.

  • What core classes have you taken in school that would assist you in your experience with this internship?
  • What past experience do you have that will assist you with this internship?
  • What do you hope to gain from the internship experience?

Intern Activities

  • Multiple team projects that involve research, analyzation, problem solving, and presentations, as well as receiving and implementing constructive feedback.
  • Interactive facility tours and career staff panel sessions at diverse institutions in the Pacific Northwest. This includes travel and potential overnight stays.
  • Various aspects of collegiate recreation including organizational charts, budgeting, leadership skills, career paths, and more.
  • Individual mentoring from University of Oregon recreational professionals.
  • Interns are expected to hold office hours, schedule project meetings, and complete other work between 25 and 35 hours a week including nights and weekends.

Compensation and Housing

  • Interns live on campus during the internship. University Housing provides a housing and dining meal plan package estimated at $2,000. Interns are responsible for their travel to and from Eugene.
  • Interns receive a stipend of $1,000.
  • Academic credit for internship hours may be approved on an individual basis.

For questions or further information, contact Al Diaz at