In today’s world, we understand and appreciate the decisions young adults make about how to spend their summers. Summertime is often thought of as a time to decompress, enjoy life, connect with friends and have fun. But it is also a time to  grow.

How does the Paddle-N-More Internship program work?

At PnM, we work closely with the local colleges to develop specialized internships for those seeking a learning experience in the field of outdoor recreation. Once you fill out the necessary paperwork through your school, we will assign you a Summer Mentor. We have amazing Senior Staff with incredible talent and ‘real-life’ experience to share. At the beginning of the season, you and your mentor will create a program that meets your school’s requirements and Paddle-N-More’s expectations. Together, you will create a list of responsibilities, projects and milestones that will help you achieve your internship goals. Coming out of the summer you will be able to walk away from PnM with at least one tangible project.

Trough Paddle-N-More, an intern will:

  1. Gain real-world experience through front-line and mentorship exposure, in the field of outdoor leadership and recreation management.
  2. Obtain a greater understanding and appreciation of roles, duties, and responsibilities of professionals in the field of outdoor leadership and recreation management.
  3. Experience a variety of programming, leadership, administrative, marketing and maintenance functions.
  4. Identify personal and professional strengths and weaknesses for his/her development and maturation while entering the field of recreation.
  5. Complete all requirements set forth by the college or university to complete the internship. This includes communicating effectively with the internship mentor on all assignments required, along with attending weekly meetings to ensure learning objectives are being met.
  6. Develop and refine professional human relations and interpersonal skills.

Things to consider:

It’s great you are looking at completing an internship at Paddle-N-More… Before you get too involved, you need to evaluate several factors related to obtaining an internship with PnM. Review the following material before you submit an application.

Interns need to provide the following:

Internship Policies to Consider:

Sounds great…where do I start?

You will need to speak with the internship supervisor at your school to determine whether an internship at Paddle-N-More is relevant to your studies. Consider your learning objectives, the number of hours required, and what projects will you need to work on while at PnM. Review the available internship opportunities below and see if one fits for you!

What kinds of internships are available at Paddle-N-More?

At PnM, we offer internship opportunities in outdoor education and instruction, program facilitation, operations management, and camp administration. Other opportunities include building skills with media, marketing, graphic design, photography, and human resources. This is a learning opportunity for you. Is there something missing? Would you like to mix and match? We can work with you. See below for specific internship opportunities available.

Marketing & Program Administration Coordinator

This intern will work closely with PnM’s owner to develop a marketing and promotional plan; coordinate calendars and develop and promote specialized programs; attend meetings with various collaborators; assist with communication campaigns through various media; and learn and help manage registration information and sites.

Operations Management Coordinator

Learn the ins and outs of business through this internship. This intern will work closely with the owner to learn about and assist with daily administrative tasks, human resource management, operations management, and other daily tasks to ensure proper operations of Paddle-N-More and all the programs and services available.

Camp Administration Intern

This intern will work closely with the Camp Director to learn about and manage camp enrollment, invoicing, marketing material, and daily camp management. For the 2022 season, the special project will be related to PnM’s camp obtaining its American Camp Association Accreditation.

Outdoor Leadership Intern

This intern will work closely with the Outdoor Program Coordinator and Camp Director to learn about and assist with instructor management, outdoor camp programming and trip facilitation, along with other program facilitation. For the 2022 season, the special project will be related to PnM obtaining the Pro-School designation through the American Canoe Association and assist with the guided trip programming and skills clinics.

Next step – For Serious Intern Candidates Only:

Send a professional email to jennifer@paddle-n-more.com with your cover letter, resume, and internship goals. Make sure to indicate your reason for wanting to obtain an internship through Paddle-N-More in the body of your email. All too often, blank emails are received with an attached cover letter and resume. Blank emails with attachments will NOT be opened. Serious candidates will provide a small personal introduction in the body of the email and encourage me through professional writing skills to open up the attached cover letter and resume. Why do you want to obtain an internship through PnM?