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.
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
Building Supervisors (Holy Cross, PT)
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.
Director of Campus Recreation
College of the Holy Cross
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
UMass Campus Recreation
UMass Campus Recreation will be seeking several dynamic individuals to come join our rapidly expanding team, programs, and facilities. As our department enters our 5th year as member of Student Affairs and 3rd as member of the Campus Life and Wellbeing Collaborative, we are moving toward a more integrated model of wellbeing focusing on creating educational opportunities for our students. With over 14,000 of the 32,000 students living on campus, there are exciting opportunities to expand our services and facilities in the near future. We recently opened an award-winning turf facility, are opening a climbing facility in fall 2023, and are engaging in preliminary discussions for a large facility renovation/expansion project to our flagship recreation center. Our student development focused philosophy with values of connection, resilience, strength, social justice and most importantly play! We live in an environment of that encourages professional development and growth and strives for excellence in all we do.
Coordinator for Fitness Programs
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, the Associate Director for Programming.
Coordinator for Sport Programs
This position plans and supervises over 40+ Sport Program activities and staff; manages the design, implementation, and evaluation of new Sport Program activities. This position serves under the general direction of the Senior Assistant Director for Sport Programs.
Coordinator for Club Sports
This position plans and supervises Club Sport activities for 46 clubs; manages the design, implementation, and evaluation of new Club Sport activities. This position serves under the general direction of the Senior Assistant Director for Sport Programs.
Coordinator for Facility Operations/Aquatics
This position assists in the planning, management, & supervision of facility operations and aquatics. This includes personnel management and supervision of Recreation Center Building Supervisor Team of 12-14 student staff and 30+ Lifeguard staff working at two different pool locations on campus. This position serves under the general direction of the Senior Associate Director for Facility Operations.
Campus Life and Wellbeing Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Develop and implement comprehensive wellbeing-related marketing and communications plans to include branding, timelines, objectives, and related data analysis for projects in support of Campus Recreation, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, and the Center for Health Promotion. The focus of this work is in advancing a holistic vision of wellness for campus, and executing area-wide communications strategies and objectives. This includes website management, mailings, flyers/brochures, banners, posters, email communications, calendars, presentations, etc. Develops content and maintains digital signage system; gathers relevant content and publishes. Hires and manages student staff team to assist with these efforts. This position serves under the functional supervision of the Director of Campus Recreation.
Program Coordinator (Salem State University)
Brief description: The program coordinator is a key member of the Salem State University Campus Life and Recreation staff that offers programs including fitness, wellness, leadership, intramural sports, esports, informal recreation, co-curricular evening and weekend programming and special events. Under the direct supervision of the director of campus life and recreation, the program coordinator will be responsible for contributing to the development of a comprehensive programming calendar, including co-curricular evening and weekend programming, esports, and intramural offerings, while assisting with the operation of the Gassett Fitness Center and assisting in the oversight of 25Live for department managed spaces. The program coordinator supervises student staff and part-time contract employees.
Last updated on 1/26/2022