April 8, 2013

Internship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in an Adaptive Sport or Recreation Therapy internship with Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC).  ASPNC provides year-round opportunities in sports and recreations for persons with all types of disabilities.  Our goal is to enhance the personal development and self-esteem of participants and provide them with an opportunity to take risks in a safe and supportive environment.  Interns have opportunities to gain practical experience and achieve personal growth toward education and professional career goals.  This unpaid internship is well suited for someone who wants to develop skills in outdoor leadership, gain hands-on direct experience in working with people with a wide range of disabilities, work with a mostly volunteer non-profit organization and share his/her love of the outdoors and skills with other people. Past interns have shared their experience with us.  Check out Justin’s Interview and Kaila and Kat’s Interview to read more about their experience with ASPNC.

  • About the Internship
    • Interns assist the Program Director with all aspects of organizing and conducting summer or winter programs.  Specific duties might include program planning, scheduling and coordinating volunteers’ participation, helping to lead outings or lessons for participants, helping to maintain a wide variety of adaptive sports equipment, assisting with documentation and evaluation of participants progress, and participating in fundraisers.
    • Throughout the bulk of the summer, fall, or winter, interns spend at least ten weeks working with seasonal programming.  The summer activities include bocce, cycling, gardening, golf, hiking, kayaking, tennis, and even water-skiing.  The fall activities include power soccer, biking, kayaking, and hiking.  The winter activities include downhill skiing or riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, power soccer, and indoor boccia. Interns provide essential support by being at the program from the loading of the equipment in the morning until close at night.
    • Interns also complete a project that will benefit the organization.  Examples of projects range from organizing an overnight hike to updating equipment to improve efficiency.  Interns should discuss project ideas with the Program Director at the beginning of the season and continuously work on them throughout the their ten weeks in NH.
    • On weekends, interns participate in special activities with the community.  These often include hikes and fundraising events, such as the Old Homeday Parade for the Fourth of July and the Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington.
    • Lastly, interns can receive college credit.  If you are currently enrolled at a college or university, you may look up their requirements for credit.  Our Program Director will be happy to work with you to fulfill your individual school’s requirements.
    • Qualifications:
      • Experience with all or some of our summer, fall, or winter activities (depending on the season of your internship)
      • Organized and Responsible
      • Ability to complete several projects concurrently
      • Ability to work as a team member with a variety of types of individuals
      • Previous experience working with someone with disabilities (preferred)
  • Summer Internship
    • While the scheduling may be somewhat flexible, summer interns make at least a ten-week commitment between mid-June to mid-August.  Being a summer intern is a full time, unpaid position.
  • Fall Internship
    • While the scheduling may be somewhat flexible, fall interns make at least a ten-week commitment between September and December.  Being a fall intern is a full time, unpaid position.
  • Winter Internship
    • While the scheduling may be somewhat flexible, winter interns make at least a ten-week commitment between mid-December and mid-March.  Being a winter intern is a full time, unpaid position.
  • To Apply
    • Please write a letter answering the following questions:
      • What schools have you attended, for how long, and your major or degree?
      • Why are you applying for an internship with ASPNC?
      • What in your background makes you an ideal candidate for this position?  Please review the qualifications listed above.
      • What are three goals you would set for yourself during your internship with ASPNC?
    • Please include two references.
    • You may either email your letter to info@adaptivesportspartners.org or mail it to ASPNC, PO Box 304, Franconia, NH 03580

Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at 603.823.5232 or by e-mail with any questions. Thank you again for your interest in ASPNC.

We look forward to serving with you,
Matt Jeralds – CTRS
Program Director