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MWR Internship, Kodiak, Alaska

DESCRIPTION:  U. S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak is located on the north end of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, 7 miles from the city of Kodiak and 1.5 miles from the commercial airport.  A full MWR program is located on Kodiak with the following facilities: Tsunami Lanes Bowling Center, Northern Lights Fitness Facility, Bear Valley 9-hole golf course, Auto Hobby shop, Woodworking shop, Boat House, Teen Center, Movie Theater, Cardio/Exercise rooms, indoor pool, racquetball court, solar therapy room, indoor golf cage, basketball court, and Food Service Facilities.  Interns can expect to gain operational and programming experience in a number of these MWR facilities ending the internship 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:  Kodiak 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.  Must possess a valid Driver's License.

SUPERVISOR/MENTOR QUALIFICATIONS:  Mr. Joseph Bower has over 15 years direct MWR management experience.  He received his secondary education from Penn State where he majored in Forest Technology.  He retired from the Coast Guard with 22 years of service where he demonstrated his leadership with a direct commission to Chief Warrant Officer.  Some noteworthy accomplishments during his active duty career were achieving the Coast Guard Dining Facility of the Year awards for a large and small dining facility.  During his tenure in the Coast Guard he obtained certifications with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) as a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and with the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) as a Certified Food Executive (CFE).  Mr. Bower has held the positions of Morale Officer, MWR Business Section Chief, and MWR Kodiak Restaurant and Sports Pub Manager.  He is a current member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the International Military Community Executives Association (IMCEA).  In 2007 Mr. Bower was a recipient of the Armed Forces Recreation Society (AFRS) Fellow Award.

HOUSING:  Housing may be provided in either the guesthouse or dorm rooms based upon availability.  The housing will be in a non-smoking facility and pets are not allowed.  Students will coordinate housing with the Kodiak MWR Director once accepted at that location.

MEALS:  Meals may be provided.  There is a galley that serves 3 meals per day, cafeteria style, on the installation.  Students will coordinate meals with the Kodiak MWR Director once accepted at that location.

PAY:  Pay at local minimum wage will be provided.

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 Kodiak MWR Director prior to arrival.  Contact information will be provided to you once selected for the internship.  If you elect to drive, it is approximately 5-6 days from Seattle and another 10 hours on a ferry ride from Homer to Kodiak.  Air travel is recommended.

AVAILABILITY:  Two intern positions are open for 12 to 16 weeks in duration (Depending on school requirements), 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 4/3/2014