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MWR Internship, Baltimore, Maryland

DESCRIPTION:  U. S. Coast Guard Yard is located on the east end of Baltimore, Maryland, on Curtis Bay. The base is 10 miles from the center of city.  A full MWR program is located on the Coast Guard Yard with the following facilities: Fitness Center and Gym, Ticket Resale, Columbus Recreation Center and Pool, Athletic Fields, Equipment Rental, Guest Housing, vehicle storage, and Drydock Food and Beverage Facility.  Interns can expect to gain operational and programming experience in a number of these MWR facilities with some time spent in the MWR Director’s office.  Visit their web site at for more information.  It is highly encouraged to bring a laptop if you have one to maximize your internship experience.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Coast Guard Yard seeks interns with emphases in abilities to gain experience in programming and operation of any of the above facilities.  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:  Mr. John Earles has over 30 years experience as an MWR Director.  He has supervised very large MWR programs at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach;  Naval Air  Station Lemoore, CA;  USCG Station Kodiak, AK; and, currently, USCG Station Curtis Bay, Baltimore, MD.  Mr. Earles has provided leadership for MWR departments with over 250 employees, and a $6M budget.  He has a variety of experience improving the financial position of MWR departments while investing in the quality improvement of services and program delivery in all areas of sports, recreational services, child care, and food/beverage.  His MWR accomplishments have been featured in four different, national magazines articles, and, he was awarded the National Recreation and Parks Special Citation Award for leadership.  Mr. Earles' goal is to combine his education, beliefs, experience in MWR and community involvement, into a successful and rewarding experience for interested interns.

HOUSING:  Housing will be provided in guest housing rooms.  The housing will be in a non-smoking facility and pets are not allowed.  Students will coordinate housing with the Yard MWR Director once accepted at that location.

MEALS:  Interns will be authorized access to the galley that serves 3 meals per day, 7 days per week.  Interns will coordinate meal times with the Yard MWR Director once accepted at that location.

PAY:  No pay, this is a volunteer internship.

TRAVEL:  Travel to and from the internship is the responsibility of the student.  It is highly recommended that you drive in order to have transportation in the surrounding area for personal evening and weekend purposes.

AVAILABILITY:  Intern positions are open for 12 to 16 weeks in duration, Summer semester only, May to September. Pending selection, internship duration can be negotiated.

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