Island Rec Center Youth Programs

Welcome to the Island Recreation Center Youth Programs! 
The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people of all ages. The Association produces, provides and coordinates public recreation programs, wellness activities and community events. The Association commits itself to monitoring the recreation needs of the community and instituting change where appropriate.

Internship Goal
The goal of the Island Recreation Center Internship Program is to provide an intern with the opportunity to apply information and skills obtained in the classroom to real-life working situations. The internship also offers the opportunity to gain experience in planning, organizing, leading and evaluating various recreational programs.

Internship Requirements
Eligible candidates shall have taken university course work related to Parks, Recreation, Leisure Services, Hospitality or related fields.
Eligible candidates must fill out an Island Recreation job application, a current resume, and a list of specific goals and objectives.
Eligible candidate shall include a current transcript of university course work. A minimum overall GPA of 2.8 is required.
Selected candidates shall meet department standards for drug screening, background check, and be eligible
to work in the United States.

Intern Responsibilities
As a representative of the Island Recreation Center, interns are expected to always have a positive attitude and must be self-driven to achieve the best they can. Island Rec will do everything they can to provide interns with effective job training, support and experience. Your internship focus will be with Youth Programs with a commitment to summer camp. Interns will have other opportunities to experience other departments such as Special Events and Athletics.

To obtain the highest benefit from the experience the intern will be expected to:
Conduct himself/herself in a profession manner
Dress according to agency and position standards
Be timely to all shifts, meetings, events, etc.
Communicate regularly and effectively with his/her supervisor
Notify supervisor in advance of any anticipated absence from work
Ask questions when in doubt
Be friendly, courteous and treat everyone in all circumstances with dignity and respect
Not engage in, or advertise, personal or other business while on duty as an intern
Maintain confidentiality of participant or coworker information and data
Work with supervisor to become involved in opportunities presented to them as schedules permit
Show initiative and creativity by offering ideas and suggestions for improvement
Show effective communication skills when engaging with parents and children
Provide leadership and guidance to the program participants through the ability to motivate, lead, guide and teach children in an afterschool or camp setting
Provide program participants with a positive environment by conducting daily recreational activities such as sports, games, dance, exercise, media, arts & crafts and other activities
Implement positive discipline techniques and group management
Maintain the highest standards of health and safety by keep the program participants best interest in mind at all times
Observe safety precautions; correct minor safety problems and immediately report safety concerns to the supervisor; conduct activities in a safe manner maintain discipline at indoor and outdoor recreation areas including; pool, playground, gym, classrooms, field, etc.
Communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, program participants and parents
Be flexible and a team player, working in collaboration with your team
Always be customer service oriented and adhere to all Island Recreation Association standards
Maintain a clean and orderly facility

Physical Demands
Must have adequate hearing to respond to members and interact with the public.
Ability to stand for up to 5 hours.
Ability to life up to 50 pounds.
Ability to run up to 100 yards in case of an emergency.
Currently have excellent health and be free of communicable diseases.

Compensation and Housing
Compensation and housing will be set up through Resort Intern Connection.

Evaluations
Evaluations will be conducted as the university requires, please schedule these with your supervisors in a timely manner.