For a few years now I have offered an aquatic internship at my facilities during the summer months. I am curious how what I have offered in the past compares to other aquatic programs. Typically the prereqs involve the usual certs in LG, CPR, First Aid, etc.; some desire to pursue aquatics as a career (this has not usually been the case); proven leadership ability.
Duties include a wide variety of activities and issues that an aquatic professional would encounter: scheduling; assistance with pre-service/in-service training; pool operation; risk management; customer service; programming; filling in where help is needed; and throughout the internship I assign them a project of their interest to be completed typically by the middle of the season.
If you offer an internship at your facility:
-What are your prerequisites?
-Is it a paid internship?
-Have you had success in targeting candidates who truly were interested in aquatics as a career?
-What duties do you assign to them?
-Do you assign them a project? If so what type?
I think what I have offered in the past has been a quality experience but I do believe that there is room for improvement. Any and all feedback is very much appreciated.