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MWR Internship, Petaluma, California

DESCRIPTION:  Training Center Petaluma is located in the scenic farmland hills of Northern California.  Graduates from Petaluma are the Chiefs, the cooks, the medics, the technicians, the keepers, and the vanguard of the Coast Guard.  Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation (MWR) facilities/activities on the installation include:  Gym, Pool, Tennis & Racquetball courts, Weight Rooms, Volleyball, Athletic Fields, Tours & Tickets Office, Equipment Rental, Campground, Temporary Lodging, Movie Theater, Bowling Center, and a Food and Beverage Operation.  Interns may expect to gain operational and programming experience in a number of these facilities.  Visit their web site at Training Center Petaluma for more information.  It is highly encouraged to bring a laptop if you have one to maximize your internship experience.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Training Center Petaluma seeks interns with emphasis in abilities to gain experience in conducting intramural sports competitions, large fitness program, outdoor recreation programs, youth programming associated with Boys and Girls Clubs of America, special events and aquatics (highly recommended that students be lifeguard certified if they want to work in aquatics).  Opportunities exist in all facilities/programs listed above. Must be a student in good standing pursuing an undergraduate/graduate degree in Recreation or other MWR-related field and identified as such by an institution of higher learning having an affiliation agreement with the Coast Guard.

SUPERVISOR/MENTOR QUALIFICATIONS:   Ms. Amanda Pozzi serves as the Youth Services Director and Recreation Specialist on the TRACEN-Petaluma MWR Management Team as well as the Unit Director for the on-base Boys and Girls Club chapter. She attended the Hutchins School of Education at Sonoma State University in California, where she received a Liberal Studies Bachelor's of Arts degree with an emphasis on child development and fine arts. During her time at the Sonoma State University, she also obtained minor degrees in Psychology and Spanish. During her tour of duty at TRACEN-Petaluma, Ms. Pozzi has held the following positions: Recreation Aid, Recreation Assistant, Recreation Specialist, and Youth Services Director.

HOUSING:  Housing will be provided.

MEALS:  Meals will be provided in the Galley, serving 3 meals per day.  Interns will coordinate meal times with the Petaluma MWR Director once selected at that installation.

PAY:  No pay, this is a volunteer internship.

TRAVEL:  Travel to and from the internship is the responsibility of the student.  Arrangements may be made for pick up at the airport by contacting the Petaluma MWR Director prior to arrival.  It is highly encouraged to have a vehicle during an internship at this installation.  Contact information will be provided to you once selected for the internship.

AVAILABILITY:   Intern positions are open for 12 to 16 weeks in duration (depending on school requirements), on a year-round basis.  Best time for internship is May-September when more events occur.  (Note:  There is no requirement to join the Coast Guard, these are civilian positions).

TO APPLY:  The deadline to apply is 4 months prior to start date of the internship.  Planning ahead is most important especially if we need to establish an affiliation agreement with your university.  Send your resume with cover letter (include locations of interest and desired semester on cover), official transcripts, and letter of recommendation to:

US Coast Guard

Community Services Command

MWR Attn: Robert Davis

510 Independence Parkway, Suite 500

Chesapeake, VA  23320


For further information about MWR internships contact,  Robert.L.Davis@USCG.MIL

Last Modified 1/12/2016