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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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

503-823-PLAY (7529)

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Portland Parks & Recreation’s Internship Program is currently unable to accommodate new requests. Please check back for future updates.

Internship 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.


Compensation may or may not be paid depending on specific internship.


  • 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.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a criminal history background check.

Areas of Interest

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.

Community engagement/outreach/volunteers/communication
Assist with neighborhood meetings, writing press releases, working with staff on various projects, community engagement activities and other PP&R related opportunities.

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 Summer Festival.

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 tree planting, mapping and GIS, tree inventory, education events, publications, and working with volunteers.