Parks and Recreation Management: Internships and Careers

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Parks and Recreation Management: Internships and Careers

Choosing the community recreation management path at California University of Pennsylvania typically prepares students to work in a community recreation center or manage the entire community's recreation programs. If you choose this direction, you can find career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Community/rural recreation and park administration
  • Recreation facility/planning and design
  • Correctional recreation
  • Recreation with the aging and senior center management
  • Government interest
  • Planning and construction

Choosing the commercial recreation management path typically prepares you to work at resorts or large amusement parks in the following areas:

  • Commercial recreation
  • Resort management
  • Convention management
  • Industrial recreation/corporate fitness/health and welfare

Choosing the outdoor recreation management path can prepare you for working in a state park or with an agency like the National Park Service. You can find career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Park ranger
  • Resource and park management
  • Wildlife manager
  • Park manager
  • Outdoor and environmental recreation concentration

The non-profit programs management path prepares you to work in summer camps or other facilities that are managed by groups like the YMCA.  Many other options are available in this area. Students who choose this direction can find career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Camps
  • Church recreation
  • Youth serving and voluntary agencies

We strongly encourage and support students in efforts to seek internships during their career at California University. Students typically seek internships during the summer between their sophomore and junior or junior and senior years.

Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience. With the help of the Career and Professional Development Center, we'll connect you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits.

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