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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204


Portland Parks & Recreation Internship Opportunities

Portland Parks & Recreation welcomes inquiries from students seeking internship opportunities. Work assignments vary in length depending on the needs of the bureau and the requirements of the school where the student is seeking a degree. Students have participated in internships in professional fields such as recreation, environmental studies, office administration, planning, and facilities maintenance.

SALARY: Unpaid

Portland Parks & Recreation offers internship opportunities to students enrolled in a trade school training program, or college or university undergraduate or graduate program, preferably in a field related to the mission and scope of the bureau's work.   

Internships for students may be available in these areas: 

Engineering Design and Construction

Assist design or construction management professionals with work in landscape and building architecture projects. Tasks may involve database management, research, permit plan review, AutoCAD drafting and general office work.

Landscape Architecture

Assist with technical work in support of Landscape Architecture planning as part of a multidisciplinary team of professional planners and engineers. Typical assignments include field sampling and data collection, presentations to the public, public involvement, stewardship activities, research, data management, report preparation, and preparing maps, figures and drawings.

Modeling and GIS

Support modeling and GIS projects, which may include modeling, data preparation, research, investigation, database maintenance, cartographic production, and asset inventory.


Tasks may include data collection, field investigations and research regarding industrial users. Organize photos into a single catalogued data base and create instructional images/videos of operational procedures. Perform filing and general office duties. Provide general and administrative support.

Urban Forestry                                                                                                                                                                       

Assist with urban forestry projects, including street tree inventory, ArcGIS data entry, mapping creating publications, education events and working with volunteers. 


Assisting in the development and facilitation of programs and activities at the various PP&R community centers. He or she will work directly with the program coordinators, center directors, community members, families and students. 

Event Planning:

Assist event directors with coordination, marketing and implementing special events that include movies in the parks, concerts in the parks, and the Washington Park Music Festival. 

Administrative Support:

Information management including file maintenance, data entry, spreadsheet design and maintenance. Information management may include utilizing MS Office Excel and Access. Document creation and modification utilizing MS Office Word and PowerPoint. General office support including mail distribution, copying and front desk coverage. 



  • Applicants for intern positions must be enrolled in a trade school training program, or college or university undergraduate or graduate program, preferably in a field related to the mission and scope of the bureau's work. 
  • Applicants must attach a current transcript showing enrollment with their application. 
  • Applicants must submit and pass a criminal history background check.


Questions? Contact Carolyn Lee at