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Student Employment

Join the AU RecFitFam!

Recreational Sports and Fitness offers a variety of part-time job opportunities. Most positions are only open to current AU students. For Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors, we accept both student and non-student applicants.

The department welcomes all currently enrolled students who are service-oriented and reliable to apply. RecFit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

In addition to flexible schedules, benefits include:

  • Interacting & networking with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Developing customer service, leadership, & teamwork skills.
  • Opportunities for advancement within the department.
  • Work in a fun, social environment.

Job Descriptions

Individuals are responsible for maintaining a safe, clean, and welcoming facility for members and guests. Specific requirements include cleaning equipment, interacting with members, giving tours, demonstrating the use of equipment and reporting specific problems to the manager. This highly visible job requires an individual who is responsible, outgoing, and enjoys health and wellness.

Fall 2021: We have completed Fall 2021 recruitment. Please cehck back in October for Spring employment opportunities.

Applications are only accepted via the Student Jobs portal.  

This position ensures the safety of members in and around the Reeves Aquatic Center swimming pools. Lifeguards are responsible for guarding and communicating with members, and performing assigned tasks for pool maintenance. This highly visible job requires a responsible and dependable individual who can demonstrate proper lifesaving skills in emergency situations. Contact Dwayne Wilkerson at dwaynew@american.eduCurrent Lifeguarding certification is required.

Provide AU RecFit members with fitness assessments and exercise prescriptions to reach their health and fitness goals. Current CPR certification is required. Candidates need to be available to meet with clients on a weekly basis. AU RecFit also provides American University students learning opportunities to become a certified Personal Trainer. To apply as a Personal Trainer or learn how to become a certified Personal Trainer, contact Danielle Gray at Current Personal Training certification is required. Certification is required through one of these organizations: ACSM, NASM, ACE, or NSCA. 

Individuals interested in this position must be a nationally certified instructor interested in leading classes as part of our group exercise schedule. Prospective instructors will be required to audition. Contact Olivia Greer at ofgreer@american.eduCurrent Group Fitness Instructor certification is required.

Intramural Sports hires and trains referees for all officiated programming which includes basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, volleyball, and more. Schedules are flexible to fit week to week academic needs. Employment is contingent on completion of a preseason training course. Contact Jesse Geer at

Photographer/Videographers capture Recreational Sports and Fitness by taking pictures of special events, club and intramural games, programs, and more! Prior experience (past work, class, portfolio) and access to/own equipment is required. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back in February if interested.

Assist with various office tasks, including designing logos, banners, and miscellaneous graphics for Recreational Sports and Fitness programs, events, webpages, and flyers. Experience with Mac computers and Adobe Suite Programs are required. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back in February if interested.

Over 150 students employed with RecFit annually

How to Apply

Current job openings can be found on the Student Jobs webpage through American University's Department of Human Resources.

“Fitness is what brings people together.”

I’m an international student from China and I’ve been working at Rec Fit for two years. Either as a student or as an employee, fitness is an essential part of my time at AU. It has been a unique experience for me as a member of AU Recfam to create an inclusive space for students from various backgrounds to enjoy fitness. When I see students who speak different languages play basketball together on the open court, encourage each other on the strength floor and have fun in group exercise classes, I know it’s fitness that brings people together. And I’m glad that I am a member of this diverse fitness community.