Aquatics Management Internship
Job Details
College or University
$12.75 - $12.75 Hourly

The YMCA of the North Shore offers swim lessons for all ages, family swim, competitive swimming, private swim lessons, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for children with diverse abilities.  Our instructors have been trained in the latest swim curriculum from Y-USA.  Swim lessons include proven effective progressions for swim safety, confidence building and stroke development with a splash of fun!


However, the YMCA is much more than a fitness facility and a place to learn how to swim.  We are a community partner and the impact of our work is felt far beyond the walls of our facilities.  Program Directors in a non-profit organization have a broad range of responsibilities including program development and implementation, staff management, and program quality assurance. 


A management internship at the Y is an opportunity to get hands on experience in a real world work environment for students interested in overseeing a team, running programs, or working at a non-profit organization.


Internship Summary:

Do you have experience lifeguarding, instructing, or a background or interest in recreation?  Have you considered a career in aquatics?  Through this experiential learning, you will have the opportunity to experience aspects of a management position within a large non-profit organization. 


Each internship will include the following key areas of focus and outcomes:

  • Direct service working with patrons and participants, getting to know members, understand community interests, and communicating effectively
  • Learn best practice in managing staff and creating an aquatic center schedule including month in-service trainings and emergency preparedness
  • Gain knowledge relative to Massachusetts Code Compliance through site visits and working directly with a department supervisor
  • General department management insight including budgeting, program registration, member satisfaction and center maintenance
  • Throughout the duration of the internship, the student will have the opportunity to earn additional aquatics certifications


At the conclusion of this internship the student will have completed a final project to be determined with the internship supervisor such as developing an aquatic event from start to finish including implementation and evaluation.



14-16 weeks, a minimum of one semester or based on school curriculum criteria



10-12 hours per week minimum or contingent upon internship criteria



Placements available at Ipswich, Beverly, Gloucester, and Haverhill


Application Review Period and Deadline:

Applications will be accepted until March 31st, with placements made by May, 2020 for Fall 2020.




A Free YMCA membership for the duration of the internship and discounts on YNS programs and activities.


Questions regarding internships can be referred to or call 978-564-3463.

  • Applicants must be attending college or university to be considered for an internship.
  • Demonstrated interest in recreational program management, aquatic program management, non-profit management, business, event coordination, or related field of study.
  • Prior experience working in an aquatics center required.  Previous certification as a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people of all ages, including experience working with young children.
  • Highly motivated, dependable, and flexible.
  • All interns must complete and submit an application to be considered for a position with YNS. 
  • Interns must work with a hiring managers to submit and complete internship learning agreement submitted to the Director of Operations or Executive Director and HR Office.
  • Interns may only participate in one internship paid or unpaid within the YNS organization at a time.  Requests for consecutive internships will be reviewed by the intern managers



The YMCA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, protected genetic information, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, veteran's status, or sexual orientation.