The Young Professional Externship Program enables outstanding young professionals 35 years of age and younger (extended to age 36 in 2021 only) in the parks and recreation field to interact with and learn from members of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, and other individuals who attend the NRPA Conference and its associated meetings. Up to four Externs are selected each year, of which two are Ernest T. Atwell diversity externships.
Externs are paired with Academy members who serve as mentors during the NRPA Conference. Externs may attend selected NRPA Conference meetings, socials and educational sessions with their mentors or on their own. Mentors help introduce Externs to their contacts and widen the young professionals’ networks. After Conference, Externs must write a brief evaluation report including 1) an overview of activities they were involved in during Conference; 2) what they gained from the program; and 3) strengths and weaknesses of the program, along with suggestions for future improvement. To fully participate in the Extern Program, applicants should be prepared to make the externship experience a priority while attending the NRPA Conference.
Externs who applied in 2020 will automatically be entered into the 2021 pool of candidates. 2020 applicants will have the opportunity to update their application for 2021. Deadline to apply for 2021 is May 7th.
Selected externs each receive (1) reimbursement for the 2021 NRPA Conference registration; (2) up to $1,000 in reimbursement for conference expenses and travel; and (3) a ticket to attend the Academy’s Annual Banquet.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria