University of Illinois Campus Recreation is one of the largest on-campus employers with almost 700 student employees, ranging from lifeguards to officials to facility staff to ice skating instructors. Student employees play an invaluable role by providing customer service, safety, and fun to our guests. Campus Recreation will provide you with valuable work skills, life-long learning opportunities, and lasting friendships.

Campus Recreation is an equal opportunity employer which is committed to having a diverse and customer oriented workforce. Special consideration is given to those students supporting their academic endeavors through the federal work study process (view Federal Work Study FAQs).

What employees say about working at Campus Recreation:

Ever since my internship working with the former Director, Robyn Deterding, Campus Recreation has always felt like home to me. With a bachelors in Recreation, Sport & Tourism I was undecided about the direction I wanted to go in; but working here has helped me realize that campus recreation is a profession I could see myself making a career of my own one day.

Jamil Henderson Director's Intern

I like working at Campus Recreation because it is exciting and eventful, as well as provides a constant atmosphere for advancement and improvement. As a program assistant for Adventure Recreation, there are always new and different things for me to accomplish to keep the climbing wall running smoothly. I am also challenged to try my best and come up with new ideas to make the department better. I get the opportunity to work surrounded by many of my friends in a place where I am continually spending my time.

Kirsten Habermann Head Lifeguard and Adventure Recreation Program Assistant

Working at Campus Rec has been one of the best decisions I’ve made since coming to the University of Illinois. I was able to complete an internship as well as take advantage of the promotional opportunities and cross-employment. The shifts worked around my class schedule, and I always felt that there was a significant emphasis on school coming first. As a bonus, I got to make and work with great friends. With the wide variety of positions and facilities, I do believe it is a place for everyone.

Nicole Robinson Development Grad Assistant & HR Intern


Campus Recreation is more than a job; it is a lifestyle. I find myself here even when I am not on the clock because the warm, fun atmosphere makes it feel like home. I love working for Campus Recreation; it has given me the opportunity to grow as a person. Beyond my professional development, I have flourished as a key communicator in the facility. Forming relationships with my peers and coworkers, I know the bonds I made here will last me a lifetime. Here, I had to look no further to recognize my potential because Campus Rec makes you want to become the better version of yourself every day.

Misty Phommatheth Student Lead


Campus Recreation has left a profound impact during my years at the University of Illinois. Working here started out as just a way to make some extra money, but it has become so much more. It is a place where I found myself and realized the potential that I had. As I continue to develop myself professionally, Campus Recreation has given me the tools to help me succeed in my future endeavors. The memories and relationships that I have made here will last a lifetime. Campus Recreation has given me some of my best friends and taught me how to step outside of my comfort zone. With a fun and exciting atmosphere, I always look forward to coming into work.

Logan Cailteux Student Lead and Member Services

“The friendships, experiences, and sense of community I have gained in my time working for Campus Recreation all speak more loudly than any one experience. I would have to say my favorite memory is of the people I worked with and the time spent with them.”

“Meeting a diverse range of people and helping them achieve their fitness goals.”

“I’ve loved getting to know my co-workers while on the job, as well as building friendships with them outside of work. It makes the job even more enjoyable.”

“Seeing new people try climbing every day.”

“Through my promotion, I was able to have more responsibilities and gain a larger sense of belonging.”

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