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An internship with the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District (BIMPRD) offers a terrific opportunity to gain practical work experience while applying collegiate knowledge to real world applications. Internships are designed to be flexible to meet each individual intern’s needs while offering a wide variety of experiences and opportunities for professional development. While not working as an intern, there is an entire island, buzzing city, multiple national parks, and endless waters to discover.



Intern positions for May – August
Application Deadline: February 15

Intern positions for September – December
Application Deadline: May 15

Intern positions for January – April
Application Deadline: September 15

Positions are available until filled!

Housing Opportunities and Perks
Housing and a monthly stipend are normally offered to interns, but are subject to availability. Housing includes free rent at BIMPRD intern housing unitpaid utilities, and internet. 
Application Process
Intern Handbook
Our Community
Only a 35‐minute ferry ride away from Seattle, Bainbridge Island impresses residents and visitors alike with stunning mountain views, rocky coastline shores, and pastoral rolling hills. With a very active community, options abound for recreational activities such as kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding, trail running, art walks, wine tours, farmer’s markets, and much more. The island features many award winning restaurants, wineries, and even a top ranked distillery and brewery. Being only 35 minutes from the cultural hub of Seattle, Bainbridge retains all the benefits of “rural small town” living where you know your neighbors, but can still enjoy an easy night out on town by walking onto the ferry. The public education system rivals top public schools in the nation, ranking in the top 10, including ranking in the top 4 in Washington State. Nearly 65% of residents over 25 years old have college degrees or higher. One soon realizes that there is always something new to discover on the island. It’s no wonder the island was named by CNN/Money and Money Magazine as the second best place to live in the United States.
Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District

BIMPRD operates and maintains over 1,500 acres of parks, trails, and open‐space that is available to the community for both active and passive recreational use. The District offers countless programs for all ages in areas including sports, cultural arts, aquatics, boating, gymnastics, travel opportunities, and outdoor adventure programs. Additionally, numerous concerts and special events are hosted by the District each season, providing ample opportunities for community engagement.
Interns will find a number of other benefits from interning with the District, such as:

  • Bridging the gap between Academic and Professional life by working in a creative and supportive atmosphere
  • Expanding professional networking with the relationships built during the internship, many of which often lead to future jobs in the industry, professional associations, and even lifelong friendships
  • Earning college credit, as arranged with the intern’s individual college or university
  • Opportunities to meet department managers and divisional directors for professional insight and current trends in the Park & Recreation field
  • In depth tours of the diverse facilities, parks, and trails the District maintains
  • Social get‐togethers with other interns from colleges and universities across the U.S

“My internship experience with Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District far exceeded my expectations. The knowledge I gained while working with such welcoming staff is invaluable. What I loved most about the internship was being given the freedom to pursue what interested me and working on projects I truly cared about. One day I might be hiking on top of a mountain, and the next day I could be planning a brand new program or teaching kids about bugs. This internship was a perfect fit for my career path, and I am honored to have contributed to this organization and the community.”

Claire Hobelmann
Outdoor Programs Intern

“My internship with BIMPRD was extremely valuable as it allowed me to apply business-focused techniques in a parks and recreation setting – which is exactly the reason why I’m pursuing an MBA. I had a wonderful experience that included a meaningful project to me and BIMPRD, project management flexibility, and fantastic staff support and guidance. It was truly a delightful internship!”

Alex Wisniewski
Parks and Facilities Manager City of Port Townsend, Washington

“Everyday I would walk into the Park and Recreation District knowing that my day would be full of challenges and opportunities to expand my knowledge. The insight I gained during my internship will greatly help me in my future as an employee and as an individual. I would trade nothing for the kindness and patience shown to me by my colleagues and I will forever cherish my time there.”

Hannah Flack
Student at Gonzaga University


Internship Committee
Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District
7666 NE High School Road
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110