URI Fall 2017 Internship Descriptions


Outdoor Activity Program Assistant

Continuation of an ongoing project to assist in the development and implementation of outdoor activity programs in Baltimore parks, with a special emphasis upon assessment of their health benefits. The intern will organize and provide leadership for such outdoor activities as biking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, or camping.  Typical responsibilities include conducting surveys, compiling demographics, and disseminating information on the health benefits of outdoor activity. There also are opportunities for independent research and development for such additional outdoor recreation activities as equestrian use, rock climbing, mountain biking, natural surface trail development, or fishing.  Outdoor activity projects contribute to the Mayor’s Healthy Baltimore Initiative; the National Park Service Partnership to Find Your Parkland; and the Waterfront Partnership’s Swimmable/Fishable Harbor goals.

Park or Recreation Center User Survey

The intern will develop assessment tools for use in the system’s major parks and facilities, incorporating observational evidence and surveys of user and non-user opinion, as well as other appropriate methods, such as GIS mapping or census data review. The internship includes research and compilation of existing methods of analysis, including ways in which similar research has been used in comparable urban park systems to inform policy and funding decisions.  Evidence of experience in qualitative and quantitative research, data collection and analysis or survey development required.  

Carrie Murray Nature Center Internships

The Carrie Murray Nature Center, located in West Baltimore’s Leakin Park, seeks interns for two projects.

The Environmental Education Intern will support the center’s naturalist in creating, facilitating, and instructing environmental education programming to young people from the surrounding city communities.  The intern also will assist in such Nature Center duties as projects for park cleanup, trail maintenance, and garden upkeep.

The Volunteer Program Development intern will conduct research to develop a strategy for the recruitment of Nature Center volunteers.  The project involves proposals for the promotion of volunteer service opportunities, recruitment of participants, and a process for tracking their service.

Park Events Programming Intern

The intern will assist the staff in all aspects of event planning in Baltimore’s parks, especially programs that engage families and youth.  The internship may include development of proposals for special events (concerts, fitness runs, outdoor movies, or others); promotion and publicity; supervision of event arrangements; and evaluation of outcomes.  It also would involve identifying local businesses, organizations and friends groups surrounding the parks for sponsorship and promotion of events in their area of the city.

Marketing Intern

The Marketing Intern will assist with a variety of projects and efforts, including social media campaigns (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), email campaigns, website updates, design of printed promotional, such as print ads, flyers and brochures. The intern will be work with the Chief of Communications and the Public Information Officer. Work will involve a variety of Recreation and Parks programs.


Graphic Design  for Park  Promotional Materials

The Graphic Design Intern will be integral in assisting with a variety of fast-moving design projects, including print, signage, web, e-mail, and social media. The Intern will learn to be responsive to art direction from Communications team members and react quickly to feedback. The Intern will collaborate with many BCRP staff members on projects from the conceptual stage to the final delivery, including the printing, production, and management process.


Research Internship for Recreation Division Milestones

The Recreation Division seeks an intern to research and develop promotion plans for events to celebrate important program anniversaries.  For example, in December 2018, the Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro Ice Rink will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and in May 2019, the Baltimore Neighborhood Basketball League will be celebrating its 50th year. The division seeks an intern with demonstrated interest in recreational programs, as well as research and writing skills to assist in documentation, planning and preparation for the anniversaries.  


Docs in the Parks Program Intern 

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks is seeking an intern with an interest in public health, the environment/nature and social media to develop the capacity of the Docs in the Park Program. The intern will research and develop fun and engaging challenges on an environmental/educational mobile app for elementary age students who visit Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park. The intern will also post every week on the Greater Baltimore Children and Nature Facebook page about the Docs in the Park program and will help with developing two fall community events to present Docs in the Park to the public (September and October). Visit this site to learn about Docs in the Park  http://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/special-programs/docs



Branches Environmental Educator Intern

Parks and People seeks an intern to serve as an assistant to two team leaders for the environmental education program of Branches, an afterschool internship program for high school students that focuses on college and career readiness.  Branches addresses two vital needs in Baltimore City—meaningful employment for economically disadvantaged youth and development of a trained workforce caring for our parks and open green spaces. The intern will assist staff with the facilitation of lessons and projects. Desired skills include experience working with high school age youth and delivering education-based programs. This internship is suitable for students with majors in environmental science or studies, urban studies, education or any of the social sciences.

Urban Ecology Curriculum Fellow (Baltimore Ecosystem Study)

BES urban ecology curricula are intended to provide students with direct, authentic experiences with their environment.  The intern will revise, update and disseminate BES urban ecology curriculum and disseminate it in local school districts through social media, website updates, and/or newsletters.  Desired academic programs include Education, Environmental Studies, Biology, and/or related fields; also required are experience with science curricula; knowledge of the ecology of the Baltimore area, as well as excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills.