Racquel Martinez, a recreation major at Cal State University East Bay, found an internship at East Bay Regional Park District
Racquel Martinez, a recreation major at Cal State University East Bay, found an internship at East Bay Regional Park District to do community outreach for the Tidewater Aquatic Center, which provides access to the Oakland shoreline for water activities such as boating and fishing.
Martinez was surprised that many people living in the area were unaware of the various recreational activities that were available.
“Youth were not as involved in recreation and the great outdoors as they could be,” Martinez said. “I enjoyed working for East Bay Parks very much. It was definitely a very positive experience. I was placed in a role that I had never been in prior, so it was definitely a learning experience.”
After completing her internship in December 2010, she was offered a seasonal position to continue working at the Tidewater Aquatic Center and within the community.
“I think it’s important for the community to learn about new recreation opportunities that are literally in their own backyard because there are some programs that are low or no cost [to participants],” Martinez said.
For information about job opportunities and internships with East Bay Regional Park District, call (510) (544) 2154 or go to www.ebparks.org/jobs.