The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is looking for energetic, skilled interns for 2017. 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.


We are currently accepting applications for fall 2017

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. We are committed to our “no coffee, no copies” volunteer policy - 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. Through our Recreation Community Initiative (RCI), the Parks Alliance supports and advocates for Philadelphia’s playgrounds, community centers, and recreation centers. Our volunteers 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. We prefer applicants with a background in grant writing, fundraising, or event planning to join us. If you are new to the field, we are also looking for volunteers who are ready to learn nonprofit funding strategies and can help us with tasks ranging from donor research to board development.

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 2017, we are looking for volunteers that are both proficient in GIS and have strong writing skills.

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.

Public Policy. In the coming year, the Parks Alliance will advocate for a higher parks and recreation budget through building a state-wide coalition of advocacy organizations, city officials, and neighborhood groups.  We are looking for volunteers with strong writing backgrounds and a desire to dive head-first into the world of organizing state politics. Volunteers will gain valuable experience working with our Executive Director and will learn what it takes to have an impact in Harrisburg.

Urban Studies. Before starting a new community outreach project, we like to have a complete understanding of the surrounding neighborhood. Help us better serve our communities by researching the history of neighborhoods, explaining its development and social changes over time, and giving us valuable information on the current wants and needs of the community. The best applicants will be asked for a writing sample that shows their ability to pull narratives from research.

Communications. It’s 2016 - 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 140 characters? Take charge of the Parks Alliance newsletter and write op-ed pieces for local newspapers. Experience (and creativity) required. 



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