The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is looking for energetic, skilled interns for seasonal and semester-long opportunities. Founded in 1984, the Parks Alliance is the voice of Philadelphia's parks and recreation users—advocating for and supporting one of the largest urban recreation systems in the country. We work towards Philadelphia becoming a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable city for all.

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We are a fast-paced and lively nonprofit that welcomes big ideas and big personalities at our West Philadelphia office. Our work is collaborative by nature and empowering by design Volunteers have real responsibility and do valuable work. These positions are unpaid, but we can promise a rewarding experience doing work that matters.

We are currently seeking volunteers and offering internship opportunities in the following areas:

Community Organizing and Outreach. Through our Recreation Community Initiative (RCI), the Parks Alliance supports and advocates for Philadelphia’s playgrounds, community centers, and recreation centers. Our interns help us build capacity at rec centers throughout the city by engaging neighbors, increasing programming, and activating community networks. We're looking for volunteers who are excited to work in the field and/or help run the program from the office.

Development & Grant Writing. Development is how nonprofits find funding, primarily through relational resources. The ideal candidate will be a proactive, high-energy individual who is detail oriented and has strong inter-personal and communication skills. This individual should also be able to work under pressure in a fast paced environment and willing to lend a hand on projects big and small. Responsibilities will include assisting with all aspects of the Parks Alliance’s main fundraiser, Celebration 2018: marketing, copy writing, vendor coordination, guest list, and day-of activities, helping plan special events, such as quizzo nights or panel discussions: in-kind sponsorship solicitation, marketing, event planning, and budgeting, data entry, basic grant writing, and various administrative support for development. This role will have a high level of written, and phone interactions with individuals of different levels and requires both a well-spoken individual as well as someone with strong writing skills. Please attach a short writing sample to your application. 

GIS & Data Reporting. Our GIS and Reporting team analyzes data, writes reports, and distributes information related to parks and recreation in Philadelphia. We provide maps and statistics to City Council members, Recreation Center Advisory Councils, park advocacy groups, and other local organizations, and are working to publish them online for public use. In 2018, we are looking for volunteers that are both proficient in GIS and have strong writing skills. Please attach a GIS sample to your application.

Design. Decent infrastructure is essential for a sustainable city. We have a need for design students to analyze our public space infrastructure and produce alternate designs for buildings and parks based on the needs of the surrounding community. Experience required.

Communications. It’s 2018 - social media and the internet are pivotal tools for any organization. Help us grow our online presence by managing our website and social media accounts. Prefer writing in sentences longer than 280 characters? Take charge of the Parks Alliance newsletter and write op-ed pieces for local newspapers. Experience (and creativity) required. 



Email Sakinah Rahman - - with your resume and a cover letter. Format your email title as ‘[area of application] Volunteer/Intern Application’. Example: Development Volunteer Application. Call Sakinah at 215-879-8159 with any questions.