Closes May 1, 2023
2023 Extern Program Announcement
AAPRA Extern Year & Agency When Selected History
The AAPRA commits to promote, nourish, and embody an inclusive and equitable environment, strengthen our commitment to promote justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, combat systemic and structural racism, and promote a culture of equality for all, through our knowledge advancement, research, education, and scholarly efforts.
The Academy's Externship Program enables outstanding young professionals 35 years of age and younger in the parks and recreation field to interact with and learn from American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration members, and other individuals who attend the NRPA Conference and its associated meetings. Up to four Externs are selected each year, two of which are Ernest T. Atwell diversity externs.
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 professional's networks. After Conference, Externs must write a brief evaluation report including 1) an overview of activities they attended 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.
Selected externs each receive (1) reimbursement for the NRPA Conference registration; (2) up to $1,000 in reimbursement for conference expenses and travel. Receipts must be submitted when requesting reimbursement; and (3) a ticket to attend the Academy’s Annual Banquet (if held in person).
Minimum Eligibility Criteria