Internships and Volunteering


The goal of this position is to increase the organization’s online presence, reach a larger audience, gather information and increase awareness. Additionally, the intern’s responsibilities include research of social network marketing trends, report of these findings and implementation of relevant strategies.  The Social Media Intern will report to the Director of Marketing.


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, Director of Marketing, at [email protected]


Our Marketing Department manages two facilities, 15,000 Y members and 500+ employees.

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.

Join the Y as our wellness intern and help motivate and help others reach their health and wellness goals all while learning more about healthy living and the Y. Work side-by-side with our Wellness Director at our Dahl Y located in La Crosse and gain valuable work experience.


  • Perform excellent service to all customers, staff, volunteers, and vendors
  • A desire and ability to build relationships with health seekers, staff, and volunteers
  • Communicate with supervisor, staff, members, guests, and volunteers in a clear, concise, and positive manner while using Listen First skills
  • Actively participates and observes management team meetings and committees as assigned
  • Assist in developing and implementing cause-driven programming that promotes Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.


  • Minimum experience in exercise sports science or a related field
  • Experience with training clients

Specialized Knowledge, Skills & Certifications

  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal & coaching skills

Specific Details:

  • Based on your schedule, hours may vary depending on the needs of the intern and also the Y.
Why YMCA School Age Care?
  • Provide mentorship and positive guidance to elementary students in a before and after school setting during the school year or full-day setting during the summer
  • Have a blast and make a positive impact on youth in your community
  • Facilitate opportunities for physical activity and nutrition.
  • Gain critical experience in positive guidance techniques and program creation
  • Take a leadership position within a dynamic team-based work environment
  • Work for the leading youth-serving organization in the La Crosse area
  • Flexible part-time hours during the school year, temporary full-time during the summer 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead activities and build relationships
  • Provide opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating
  • Build relationships with families
Key Qualifications:
  • Strong verbal communication
  • Education and experience in early childhood is preferred
  • CPR/AED/First Aid within the first 3 months of hire


  • Part-time positions in La Crosse, Holmen, and Onalaska schools
  • 6-25 hours per week; morning and afternoons
  • Full-time temporary during summer 
We are looking to hire male and female mentors/role models.
Majors/Minors Encouraged to Apply:
  • Education/Special Education
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Recreation Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Health Sport Science


We are seeking volunteers are needed to assist in preschool and progressive gymnastics classes by helping kids, balance, jump, swing, and learn. The ideal volunteer would have experience in gymnastics and have a genuine interest in helping children of all skill-levels learn gymnastic skills.

  • Must be at least 14 years old

We believe in everyone regardless of ability level, that is why Inclusive and Adaptive programs exist here at the Y. Every individual deserves the opportunity to grow and thrive. We are driven to provide that opportunity for children and adults with disabilities.

Qualified volunteers and staff are trained to support and encourage each participant in these adaptive programs. We focus on participants’ needs and adapt the activities to ensure that everyone feels included.

Fall 1: Dahl Fitness For All – La Crosse

In this program, volunteers will work one on one with individuals with physical and/or cognitive abilities in the Wellness Center promoting participants to become familiar with strength and conditioning. This program is designed to develop physical fitness, and social interactions and keep participants active while having fun with their volunteer buddy!

Commitment is Thursdays, September 8thOctober 20th from 5-6 pm

Fall 1: Houser Fitness For All – Onalaska

In this program, volunteers will work one on one with individuals with physical and/or cognitive abilities in the Wellness Center promoting participants to become familiar with strength and conditioning. This program is designed to develop physical fitness, and social interactions and keep participants active while having fun with their volunteer buddy!

Commitment is Mondays, September 12thOctober 17th, from 5-6 pm

Fall 1: Houser Gymnastics – Onalaska

Volunteers will support individuals with diverse physical and/or cognitive abilities to improve balance, coordination, and social skills all while having fun and working on overall physical fitness and strength in Adapted Gymnastics. This program will have a gymnastics instructor present to guide the class through skill development, inclusion volunteers will provide extra assistance to each participant, and will be sensory-friendly. All ability levels and backgrounds are welcome, no gymnastics experience is required!

Commitment is Sundays, September 18thOctober 16th, from 12:40–1:50 pm

Fall 1: Houser Martial Arts – Onalaska 

Volunteers will assist with Martial arts exercises, drills, and games with a modified curriculum for a variety of different learning styles and abilities. Traditional martial arts are taught with the goal of increasing coordination, focus, body awareness, and social skills. This program will have a Martial Arts instructor as well as inclusion mentors. All ability levels and backgrounds are welcome, no martial arts experience is required. 

Commitment is Sundays, September 10th – October 22nd, from 12:15-1:00 pm

School Age volunteers are here to help keep our community’s children safe and provide a fun environment while they are away from home. Engage children in group activities such as arts, crafts, STEM, games, and sports all in a positive and safe environment before and/or after school. Join our School Age Team this fall/winter working at one of our before and after school programs at local elementary schools in La Crosse, Onalaska or Holmen. 


  • Supervise and interact with children positively and appropriately at all times.
  • Support School Age Care Leaders in facilitating engaging group activities such as arts and crafts, STEM, games, sports, etc.
  • Build relationships by using names and initiating conversations with all children, parents/guardians, staff, and volunteers.


  • At least 18 years of age.

Specific Details:

Volunteer for up to two shifts each weekday: 6:00-8:00 am and 3:00-6:00 pm.

School-Age Care Volunteers will volunteer on-site at elementary schools in the La Crosse, Onalaska, and Holmen school districts.

I have loved making connections with other staff and with the participants in the programs I have worked with! I love the feeling of making a difference and love the relationships I have built here at the Y!
Health Interventions Intern
My favorite thing about the Y was the opportunity to constantly be learning new things, while getting to work with some of the most encouraging, wonderful, and hardworking people. I was lucky enough to have a mentor that still supports me to this very day, and that itself tells you that the Y focuses on hiring the absolute best and most personable people.