Clearwater Parks & Recreation Internship Program Guide

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The city of Clearwater Parks & Recreation department is pleased that you are interested in interning with our department. This guide will provide the information and details needed to not only complete an internship application but detail our programs and processes.


The City of Clearwater is located on the Pinellas Peninsula, midway on Florida’s west coast about 20 miles west of Tampa, and 20 miles north of St. Petersburg. Clearwater is the county seat of Pinellas County and one of the largest cities in the Tampa Bay area. 

The City of Clearwater is home to the Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Camp. In 2004, Clearwater was named “Florida’s Sports Town” by Sports Illustrated for our excellence in sporting and recreation programs. In 2013, USA Today named Clearwater as “Florida’s Best Beach.” And in 2018 & 2019, Clearwater Beach was named “Travelers’ Choice: Number 1 Beach in the US” by TripAdvisor.


To provide parks and recreation programs, services, facilities and beautification to benefit the residents and visitors of the City of Clearwater.

The Parks & Recreation Department consists of more than 250 full time & part time employees, 60 professional contract employees, 150 umpires, referees and officials, and over 500 volunteers.  Specialized divisions of the Department include, athletics & sports tourism, programming, special events, urban forestry & beautification, volunteer program, and wellness.

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