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Employment & Internships

University Recreation is one of the largest on-campus employers of students. In fact, the department takes pride in the student employees' role in our ability to meet the needs of the diverse community that is Austin Peay. An important component of our mission is preparing students for their future career goals by instilling common work ethics and skills like time management, customer service and accountability.

student employee belaying a climber at the foy rock wall 

Employment  Internships


Hiring Process

Anyone interested in working with University Recreation should first apply to positions for which they are interested on the student employment section of the Human Resources Web site. Apply for each position. Applications are kept active for the duration of the current semester. A few positions are available to non-students or Austin Peay affiliates as well, such as Group Fitness Instructors, Personal Trainers and Water Safety Instructors. Non-student applicants should email a resume to the supervisor of the position of interest. 

Whenever there is a vacancy, anyone in the current pool fitting our needs will be contacted to schedule an interview. Successful candidates will then complete official hiring paperwork and complete orientation and training before beginning a regular work schedule.

New hires are brought on in a probationary capacity for the first 60 days. This format gives both the employee and the department time to become acquainted, ask lots of questions and make sure there is a good fit.


Upon successful completion of an internship, the student will have:

Available Internships

University Recreation works with students pursuing any academic major to design an internship that meets their needs. Majors in kinesiology, Health Promotion, Business, Marketing, Accounting, Graphic Design, and Environmental Studies are just some of the majors that can fulfill an internship with University Recreation.

Position Terms

Internship Descriptions

Interns will rotate through three areas within University Recreation:  Fitness and Wellness, Facility Operations, and Programs (Adventure Recreation, Aquatics, and Intramural Sports) to gain a comprehensive overview of Campus Recreation.  Interns will spend approximately 4-5 weeks in each area.  Interns will gain experience in programming, special event coordination, scheduling, risk management, marketing, maintenance, training/development, budget/fiscal management, and skills specific to each area. 

This internship is a useful opportunity for those interested in recreation as a profession, those interested in entering the fitness industry, or those who are undecided and seeking to explore different options. 

Interns will assist in facility operations and management. Interns will assist student staff with daily front desk operations for efficiency, consistency, and adherence to department policies and procedures. Interns will assist with basic maintenance and upkeep of facilities and equipment. Interns will also assist with the following: processing reservation requests, work order tracking, facility usage/counts, inventory, and management. Also, Interns will assist with development, promotion, and implementation of various department activities, programs, and services.

This internship is a useful opportunity for those interested in recreation profession, those interested in entering the recreation field or who have an interest in overall business operations.

Interns will assist in providing fitness/wellness and recreational opportunities for specialized populations. Specialized populations may include individuals with physical or developmental disabilities, individuals with health conditions, or individuals categorized as obese. Interns will be responsible for supervised training sessions, development of wellness plans, and coordination of events for participants with adaptive needs. Interns will coordinate programs and events within University Recreation, APSU, and the surrounding community. Interns will work with programming areas such as Adventure Recreation, Aquatics, and Intramurals and also with outside organizations, such as Clarksville Parks & Recreation, on a regular basis to develop and implement alternative activities. 

This internship is useful for those seeking careers in fitness and wellness, occupational or physical therapy, those who seek to work with specialized populations, or pre-healthcare professionals. 

Interns are responsible for planning, programming, administering, and supervising Fitness programs and personnel to include Boot Camp, Healthy Mind Healthy Body Challenge, Wellness Expo and Breast Cancer 5k. Specific duties may include hiring and evaluating Fitness staff, developing Fitness programs/events, assist in marketing efforts, instructing Group Fitness classes, supervising the fitness center, equipment maintenance, and inventory. Students will gain experience in programming, scheduling, fiscal management, marketing and group fitness/personal training skills. Applicants working toward obtaining, or already possessing, a nationally accredited Group Fitness or Personal Training certification, or those with Group Fitness/Personal Training experience will be given priority. The position may require irregular hours including evenings and weekends.

This internship is useful for those seeking careers in fitness and wellness, health promotion, or management.


The Austin Peay State University department of University Recreation is seeking a motivated, resourceful, and tech-savvy student to serve as a social media and marketing intern.  The intern will work directly with the marketing team to strategize, craft, and execute content for all platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.  Applicants should have a strong level of experience with each platform, strong writing ability, organizational skills, the ability to work as part of a team as well as solo, and be extremely creative. The Marketing Intern will

  • Collaborate with marketing team, professional staff, undergraduate assistants, and student staff as needed to gain an understanding of how and what we communicate to reach our target audience (current and potential students, parents of students, faculty and staff, & Clarksville community members).
  • Conceptualize, create, schedule, and publish daily content that encourages engagement on social media resulting in an increase of patron knowledge & usage of the facilities and an increase in event/program attendance.
  • Construct innovative tactics to grow the audiences for the URec accounts on each platform
 Intern is responsible for assisting with administration, scheduling, planning, and instructing activities within the aquatics program. This may include creating/coordinating schedules for swimming lessons, group usage, academic classes such as SCUBA, fitness classes, special events, and employee training.  Interns will gain experience in management, supervision, working with multiple age groups, instructional techniques, maintenance, programming, inventory tracking, risk management, fiscal management, and training.  Applicants with experience as lifeguards, swimming lesson instructors, or competitive swimming backgrounds will be given priority.  This position may require irregular hours including evenings and weekends. 

This internship is useful for those seeking careers in aquatics administration, fitness and wellness, elementary physical education teachers, management, or other logistically intensive careers. 

To apply for University Recreation internships, fill out the Internship Application and turn in to Jasin Wills, at the Foy Fitness & Recreation Center room 114 or willse@apsu.edu, by dates listed below. A resume, cover letter, and 3 references must be submitted with the application. 

For more information or questions, contact Jasin Wills at 931-221-7564 or willse@apsu.edu