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Sydney - Past HR Intern

"What I enjoyed most about interning in HR at the Y was that there was a strong sense of community within the entire organization. Everyone within the Y new each other and greeted me when I came in the doors. If I wanted to experience different aspects of the Y, I was encouraged to do so by my supervisors. This is a place where you are in control of your learning; therefore, if you communicate what you want from your internship, you will get the information and experience provided to you."


Current Openings:

Master's Level Counselor-in-Training Practicum/Internship

All individuals deserve to be happy, healthy and feel that they belong.

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At the Community Teen Center, we help teens improve their mental health, and discover and reach their potential by finding creative ways to provide them with engaging and energetic programs. 

Our staff, volunteers and interns use their strengths and interests to help teens build relationships, try new things, and become who they want to be.  Being a part of the Y team also offers opportunities for Master’s level interns to positively impact the mental health of adults and families.



  • Candidates for this position must have excellent communication skills, flexibility, and a desire to work with adolescents.
  • Requirements include at least one year of related college coursework and availability during Teen Center hours (3-9pm).
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Arts & Humanities Internship

Are you passionate about the arts and want to increase your knowledge of arts administration and programming? The Y offers high-quality arts programming with educated instructors in a fun atmosphere.

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Programs include dance, martial arts, music, and fine arts. Our Arts Intern will assist with planning & implementing special events including national Y Arts Week, Martial Arts Tournament, and Music and Dance Recitals. Other responsibilities include volunteer recruitment, records management, member communication, promotion, and implementing Y-USA resources into programs.


The ideal candidate will be enrolled in a degree program in management, communications, or other applicable fields of study. Candidates should be energetic, self-directed, organized, have strong communication skills. An interest in building relationships with others and creating a welcoming environment is essential.


This is an unpaid part-time internship working 10-20 hours per week a varying schedule.


If interested in applying, download and complete the Internship Application found on our website: Email your completed application to or to Tammy Addleman at

Fitness Internship

The Fitness Intern will be responsible for daily administrative tasks within the fitness departments, working alongside the fitness directors.

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Assist with program marketing of current classes. The fitness intern will gain skills in leadership: communication both oral and written, organizational skills. Contact: Kylie Formanek at or (608)519-5474 or Amy Venner at or (608) 519-5503.


Graphic Design Internship

Join a cause-driven organization and help make a positive impact in our community as the YMCA Graphic Design Intern. Responsibilities include creating digital and print ads, large print posters, interior signage, social media graphics, website graphics, posters/flyers for all Y departments and more. 

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A focus of the content created will be impact/story driven, helping our community reach their health and wellness goals.


Candidates should have a background in Graphic Design, including experience with the Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign.


This is an unpaid internship with flexible working hours, potentially working some weekend events. Start date will vary based on semester and can be a part-time or full-time internship that is a semester or full year in length. If interested, please email your resume to Travis Pernsteiner, Marketing Director, at


Our Marketing Department oversees three Y facilities, 23,000 Y members, and 600+ employees.


Majors: Graphic Design, Web Design, Marketing

Duration: Semester or Full Year. Part Time (15-20) or Full Time (35-40).

Wellness Center Internship

The Wellness Center Intern will be responsible for daily administrative tasks within the Wellness Center, along with teaching exercise fundamentals to various age populations in a classroom format.

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The intern will also be responsible for program marketing of current programs along with new programs. The Wellness Center Intern will gain skills in leadership; communication both oral and written; organizational skills; and exercise prescription and testing. Contact: Heidi Kuennen at or (608) 519-5475 or Christopher Matt at or (608) 519-5489.

Human Resources Internship

The La Crosse Area Family YMCA is currently looking for a Human Resources Intern to assist with the Human Resources Department.

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Candidates will gain experience working for a non-profit organization and learning the day to day duties within an HR department. We will work together to help the candidate get the experience they need within their field. Candidates must be going to school for Human Resources or a related field, have database management, record keeping, and Microsoft Office experience. Candidates must have excellent communication skills. This is an unpaid internship but you will gain work and leadership experience. If interested contact Jackie Ripp, Director of Human Resources at and complete an Internship application on our website at

Gymnastics Internship

The Y is looking for a friendly, motivated and organized intern to assist with and learn about the Y's Gymnastics program.
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You will work alongside our Gymnastics Program Director to help ensure that programs are running smoothly and assist with any meets or gymnastics team events. Experience in gymnastics is preferred but not required. For more information or questions about the position, contact Kelly Sorensen at

Teen Center Internship

Engage youth while attending drop-in hours, providing outreach, tutoring, teaching specific skills such as art or music lessons, and/or other special projects as arranged.

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Additional duties as determined by intern supervisor and intern. Students in the majors of Psychology and Human & Social Services are encouraged to apply. For more information or questions about the position, please contact Lisa Luckey, Teen and Youth Services Director, at 

Youth Sports Internship

Coordinate the Spring 3-on-3 Basketball Classic and assist the Youth & Family Director with many different youth sports programs. Background in recreation and coaching experience preferred.
Dahl Y contact: Kyle Moll at or (608) 519-5468.

Youth & Family Internship

Assist the Youth & Family Director with program areas such as Friday Night Live, Prime Time Center, Youth Sports programs, etc. Background in recreation and coaching experience preferred.
Houser Y contact: Kandace Fox at or (608) 519-5504.

School Age Program Internship

At the Y we strengthen community through youth development because we believe that a community is stronger when all children can discover and achieve healthy lifestyles.

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In our school age program, you will be part of a nurturing and caring staff team that is there to help youth learn, grow, and thrive in a healthy environment by providing physical activity opportunities and healthy eating options. As the school-age intern, you will act as the program lead responsible for facilitating the implementation of the daily agenda for all Kids Day Off, Hamilton Intersession, and Early Release Days. Responsibilities will include developing and implementing a detailed program schedule for these programs which will include acquiring and organizing all materials necessary for the successful operation of all program dates. Candidates should be going to school for education, rec. management or a related field. Other requirements include excellent communication, experience with program development or event planning, knowledge of school-age children’s development and a valid driver’s license. If interested please complete an internship application from our website and send a cover letter and resume to Nate Torres at

Aquatics Internship

Assist the Aquatic Directors at either Y location in the administration of American Red Cross courses. Opportunities also exist for assisting Y staff in teaching swimming lessons.
Contact: Brenda Maxwell at or Megan Johnson at 

Join us, and help make a difference

If you’d like to experience first-hand how we empower our 24,500 members to be more healthy and connected every day, contact us for more information about employment with the La Crosse Area Family YMCA.