Employment Opportunities


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 Dean Bowen.


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.


If you're looking for jobs specifically in Region 1, you can head here and MARS members are encouraged to submit job announcements and information directly to us for including on our blog

Graduate Assistantships/Internships


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

Student Fellowships at Merrimack College (2)

I wanted to reach out about potential fellowship opportunities that exist within our Campus Recreation Department here at Merrimack for the 2021-22 academic year. The fellowship would cover 50% of the students tuition, allow them to pursue a one year master's degree in any of our in person Health Science related programs, and work/learn directly within our campus recreation department. The expectation would be for each fellow to put in 15-20 hours per week to the fellowship, and we are currently looking to fill two more positions. For more information or to discuss interest, Jeremy would be happy to communicate with any students.


Jeremy Blake-Johnson
Interim Director of Campus Recreation

Manager of Marketing & Ticketing Operations
Department of Athletics
315 Turnpike St. 

North Andover, MA 01845



Assistant Director of Performance and Fitness (MIT)

It is my pleasure to share that the Assistant Director of Performance and Fitness position is now posted and accepting applications at MIT.  

The Department of Recreation at MIT is seeking a talented individual who is passionate about working in the Cambridge community in the Massachusetts region and working on a college campus. We are looking for someone who loves people, fitness and leadership!  Interested candidates may contact Kayla with any questions about the position.


Kayla Rothbart
Associate Director of Programs & Wellness
MIT Recreation
W35-368 DAPER
120 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02139


Program Coordinator (Holy Cross, FT)

Job posting and application link

Brief description: The Program Coordinator is responsible for performing a range of duties in supporting the recreation and wellness center, implementation of wellness classes, and the oversight of recreation student staff. The Program Coordinator must have a strong understanding of recreation and wellness in a college setting; strong supervisory skills; be able to work independently and in a team; and have strong interpersonal and communication skills.


Building Supervisors (Holy Cross, PT)

Job posting and application link

Brief description: Building Supervisors are tasked with maintaining building safety and security and managing The Jo, its staff, programming and maintenance when the professional staff is not working.  Building Supervisors will open and close the facility every day of the week and operate the facility all day Saturday and Sunday as well as for special events.

Jamie Shannon

Director of Campus Recreation

College of the Holy Cross

One College Street

Worcester, MA 01610