Below is a list of resources for professional employment, as well as available internships and graduate assistantships. Massachusetts colleges and universities that offer graduate assistantships. We do our best to keep this information as up to date as possible, but we always suggest contacting the school/program directly. If you would like your school to be added to this list, or you have information to update, please contact Jill Isabelle.
Bluefish is a job board run by NIRSA that features full-time recreation jobs as well as internships and graduate assistantships from all across the country (and sometimes beyond). Bluefish is a great resource that a very high percentage of college/university recreation departments use to advertise open positions.
For students looking to break into the field, a Graduate Assistantship or internship is a great path to explore. Although there are different types out there, Graduate Assistantships can generally be thought of as an internship, but the bonus is that you'll also be studying toward an advanced degree while gaining valuable experience in the field. A high number of recreation professionals have taken this path and attaining a masters degree in a related field will make you that much more appealing to a potential employer. See below for schools in Massachusetts that offer GA/Intern positions along with links for more information. To add your school's opportunities to this list, please send an email with a link to your webpage.
Current Known Opportunities in MA
Assistant Director of University Recreation- Fitness (Northeastern University)
The Assistant Director of University Recreation- Fitness is responsible for directing the overall design, management, and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated fitness program for the Northeastern University Recreation Department. Under the direction of the Associate Director of University Recreation - Programs & Student Development, this position coordinates the scheduling and supervision of the fitness programs serving the needs of a 20,000-student population in Boston as well as the needs of the entire global network, which includes the training, development, hiring, and evaluation of the Group Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers. This position provides direct supervision of the Coordinator of University Recreation - Fitness and the overall advancement of fitness programming.
Coordinator for Fitness Programs (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Brief Description: Develops and manages comprehensive educational programs focusing on cardiovascular training, strength training, and supervision of 60+ student staff that oversees 24,000 sqf. in our main facility. These spaces include free weights, selectorized machines, functional fitness areas, and wide variety of cardio equipment. This position will also supervise personal training services and staff and is under general direction of the Associate Director for Programming.
Associate Director for Facilities & Operations (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Under general direction from the Director of Campus Recreation the Associate Director for Facilities and Operations provides leadership for daily management and oversight of recreation facilities, professional staff, and student employees overseeing the operations of those facilities.
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Last updated on 10/31/2023