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About YMCA

The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association, more popularly known as “The Y”) was established in London in 1844 by George Williams and a group of friends to counteract the unhealthy social state borne from the industrial revolution. Today, the organization boasts over 2,600 U.S. locations alone. The YMCA also works in 124 other countries, serving over 45 million people globally. YMCAs across the world aim to unite those of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels.

Interns are accepted in almost every department and may include working as camp counselors, activity counselors, site supervisors, program specialists, administrative support, cooks, trip coordinators, aquatic instructors and lifeguards. Positions are also available in the finance and marketing departments, or in a YMCA management office. Responsibilities vary by position and location, but may include working on children’s programs, promoting health and well being or assisting YMCA management. Interns learn supervision and organizational skills as well as about the YMCA’s mission and programs.


Open to high school graduates, current college students, recent college graduates and grad students. Some camp positions require interns to live on site.


Number of Interns: 101 or more
Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Unpaid, Varies
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students