Fitness and Wellness Program Internship

Job Posted 3/5/2024
City and County of Denver
8500 Peña Boulevard
Denver, CO 80249
United States
Category Other
Intern - Paid
Exercise / Fitness
Job Start Date
Job End Date
Application Closing Date
$19.28 to $21.79 Per Hour
Job Description

Who We Are

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the third-busiest airport in the world, connecting our community globally through flight and business. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $33 billion for the region annually and employing over 30,000 people. At DEN, we are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. We celebrate individuality and uplift all races, ethnicities, gender identities, national origins, ages, abilities, religion, and LGBTQIA+ communities. We know that our diversity makes us stronger, and we strive to keep diversity, equity, and inclusion at the center of all that we do.

The DEN Intern program is an integral part of the culture at DEN and provides students the opportunity to work alongside DEN professionals, while being able to explore career opportunities within the aviation industry. Check out the 5 Reasons to Intern at DEN here:

What We Offer

The City and County of Denver offers a competitive pay rate commensurate with education. Denver International Airport emerging talent positions are supported by a trained hiring manager and required to attend all sessions of professional development within the cohort model. You will be onboarded with a cohort of peers to begin to help you develop your network across the aviation industry.

What You’ll Do

We are thrilled to present an internship opportunity for individuals eager to gain hands-on experience in Fitness Facility Management and Wellness Program Support. This position is crafted to offer a comprehensive understanding of day-to-day fitness facility operations, project management, on-the-job training, and professional development in fields such as Sports Science, Recreation Management, Corporate Wellness, Physical Fitness, and Rehabilitation.

As an intern you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain hands-on experience in overseeing the day-to-day operations of a fitness facility including scheduling and conducting fitness classes, learning and instructing equipment maintenance and safety procedures, conducting facility tours, and managing facility bookings

  • Gain the ability to plan and implement a specific project by reviewing the current locker management system, proposing and implementing improvements to the system, and creating informational materials for members about new locker policies

  • Implement your coursework into real-world experience by collaborating with fitness instructors to understand class planning and execution, shadowing wellness programs, working with personal trainers, and analyzing data about facility and wellness program usage

  • Explore various career paths within the wellness and fitness industry by participating in workshops and webinars, and networking within the fitness and wellness community

  • Showcase what you’ve learned by compiling a summary of your experiences, creating a presentation to share insights and project outcomes, and presenting to staff or stakeholders as a concluding activity

  • Familiarize yourself with organizational and administrative tasks such as inputting member information into the database, updating attendance records for fitness classes, maintaining accurate inventory records for fitness equipment, organizing physical and digital files, creating a filing system for membership records, and implementing document retention policies

What You’ll Bring

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Interest in fields such as sports/exercise science, recreation management, corporate wellness, physical fitness, and rehabilitation

  • Customer service skills to interact with customers in a friendly and professional manner

  • Basic Microsoft Excel and SharePoint skills

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Current enrollment in an accredited college program leading to a certificate, licensure, associates, bachelor’s, or higher degree in physical therapy, sports/exercise science, recreation management, mental health and wellness, or another related field, or a recent graduate (completed specified program within 1 year of completion)

  • Experience: None

  • Education and Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted

Mandatory documentation required to be considered for this position

  • 1–2-page resume (with most current information)

  • Transcripts – either official or unofficial; dated within your current academic term. This is only used to verify amounts of credits; grades will not influence decision

Optional Document

  • Cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position


The City and County of Denver supports a hybrid workplace model with a required minimum of three days in office. Employees work where needed to support business, at the Denver International Airport. We do not offer housing or relocation assistance for this position.

Internship Duration and Hours

This is a 1-year college internship with a completion date of Friday, May 2nd, 2025, with a maximum of 30 hours per week. The workload will align with typical college internship standards, depending on the intern's academic schedule and any specific requirements from their academic program. This structure aims to provide a comprehensive experience while allowing balance to academic commitments.

FBI Background Check

FBI criminal background check is required for all positions at Denver International Airport (DEN). Employees are also required to report any felony convictions and/or moving violations to maintain this clearance and be eligible for continued employment. By position, a pre-employment physical/drug test may be required.

Application Deadline

This position is expected to stay open until March 11, 2024. Please submit your application as soon as possible and no later than March 11, 2024, at midnight.