Adaptive Sports Internship
Interns have the opportunity to gain practical experience and achieve personal growth toward education and professional career goals. This full time, unpaid internship is well suited for someone who wants to develop skills in outdoor leadership, gain hands-on experience in working with people with a wide range of disabilities, work in a volunteer oriented non-profit organization, and share their love of the outdoors and skills with other people.
Internships span the spring, summer, fall, or winter. While the scheduling may be somewhat flexible, interns make at least a ten-week commitment in their respective seasons. Interns assist the Program Director with all aspects of organizing and leading seasonal programs. Specific duties might include program planning, scheduling and coordinating volunteers, 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 spring, summer, fall, or winter, interns spend at least ten weeks working with seasonal programming. The summer activities include bocce, biking, gardening, golf, hiking, kayaking, tennis, and even water-skiing. The spring and 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, participating in the activity, and possibly, running one or more of our seasonal programs.
Interns are also tasked with completing 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 their internship and continuously work on them throughout their ten weeks in NH.
Recreation Therapy Internship
At ASPNC, we strive to provide an internship experience that is as educational as it is fun. During your time with ASPNC you will work directly with a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist licensed by the State of New Hampshire (CTRS-L). You will assist with the implementation of ASPNC’s community based therapeutic recreation program as well as our seasonal adaptive sports programs.
Interns will gain firsthand experience of the APIE process: assessment of participants, planning of specific interventions, implementation of planned programs, and evaluation of participants and programs. As an intern, you will also be introduced to the administrative aspect of programming such as marketing, fundraising, volunteer recruitment/scheduling, and client outreach. We are confident that by the end of your internship you will have the skills necessary to join the workforce as a CTRS.
ASPNC strives to provide an open environment to develop the skills necessary to be a practitioner in the field of Recreation Therapy. You will have the opportunity to work with a wide group of people with varying abilities. You’ll gain hands on experience with adaptive equipment that is unique to ASPNC, all the while gaining firsthand knowledge of the therapeutic process in a community-based recreation setting.
ASPNC encourages communication in all aspects. To ensure communication between supervisors and interns, weekly meetings will be set up to discuss performance, answer questions, and provide general feedback. Many universities require supervisors to perform evaluations of the interns. It is the responsibility of the intern to schedule these evaluations with their supervisor. Interns are also responsible for getting necessary paperwork to their supervisors in a timely manner.
We recommend you make the most of your time here at ASPNC. Interns are encouraged to look beyond their schedule and explore programs that are of interest to them. Interns should feel comfortable advocating for their interests and supported in pursuing them. Schedules are very flexible, allowing interns to explore the different program offerings. It is up to the intern to regulate their schedule to accommodate the different programs.
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.
Please write a letter answering the following questions:
- What schools have you attended, for how long, and what is 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 email@example.com or mail it to ASPNC, PO Box 304, Franconia, NH 03580