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The City of Madison's Parks Division, in concert with City of Madison Public Works Department, sponsors internships to attract individuals who are engaged in college level studies compatible with a Public Administration, Parks & Recreation, Business Management, Public Works, Journalism and Communications, Natural Resource Development, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Education and Law Enforcement or similar career track.

Internships are designed to broaden the knowledge, understanding, and skills in a variety of service areas within the Parks Division. Internships should provide opportunities for a student to apply educational concepts to real-world situations as he/she discovers a possible career path. We strive to provide interns with a meaningful exposure to Public Administration careers.

Preferably interns must be attending and have met prerequisite requirements associated with field of study and/or just graduated from a partnered higher institution of education i.e. college, university, technical school or equivalent. The internship is required for completion of course work and corresponds with Professional Projects and Task Areas for the Parks Department. Internships will not exceed 12 weeks. Internship consideration will also be given for individuals who have experienced a period of long-term unemployment or underemployment.

Our internships are paid. The length of the internship and the number of hours a week depends on the intern’s availability and interest. Internships can range in length from 6-12 weeks and range from 10-35 hours per week, but the internship may not exceed a total of 240 total hours. Interns will be compensated at a rate of $500/per 80 hours work or per credit earned (up to 240 hours/$1500). The duration of the internship can be determined with the intern. Hours are flexible, but most will occur between 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, although some weekend and evening hours may be required. Intern Positions are designed to provide educational experience with direct responsibilities associated with education pursuit, with limited employment, therefore interns are not represented.

All intern applicants must fill out our Internship Application form and separately email your resume to

The application will ask for the following:
  • Contact information
  • Desired start and end date
  • Total number of hours desired for the internship (80, 160, or 240 hours)
  • Is this internship for credit?
  • Three things that you would like to learn through this internship
  • Cover letter


Complete applications must be submitted before the deadline.

  • Fall Semester Deadline: April 17
  • Winter/Spring Semester Deadline: October 31
  • Summer Semester Deadline: March 15


Internship opportunities are based on the Parks Division’s needs, student classification, student area of interest, and length of internship.

We are currently seeking applicants for the following internships:

  • Special Events: The intern will help develop, implement, and coordinate special events for the division. Events range in size and scope.
  • Communications: The communications intern will assist with various aspects including drafting newsletter content, social media, creating marketing materials for events and programs.
  • Graphic Arts: This intern will help design brochures and posters, as well as create logos.
  • Volunteer Management: This intern will help develop and manage our current volunteer program including recruitment, training, and corresponding with volunteers.

Recreation Services Coordinator, (608) 267-4711
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Madison, Wisconsin 53701