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All recreation majors, and many of our graduate students, complete professional internships, consistent with the accreditation standards for our undergraduate programs. Students should work with Faculty advisor to find an internship placement. Approved internship sites for Recreation Administration (RA) and Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) can be found at community engagement center: Community Partner List

Internships are complicated and need to meet various standards for programmatic reasons and to satisfy campus and CSU rules that help establish liability coverage for both students and agencies. For this reason there are many forms and agreements to read and prepare, as well as routine mandatory meetings where these elements are explained.

In addition to individual program requirements outlined below, all interns:

  • Must work under an agency employee who is at the supervisor/management level.
  • May be paid or unpaid, depending upon agency resources.
  • Are required to complete a project approved by the agency supervisor in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Recreation Administration & Hospitality and Tourism Management

Due to Council on Accreditation, Parks, Recreation and Tourism requirements all students must complete 1,000 hours of work or volunteer experience in the field. At Sac State, students are required to complete 600 pre-internship hours and 400 internship hours.


All pre-internship hours must be completed before a student can enroll in the internship course (RPTA 195). Students should consult with their faculty advisor if they have questions regarding pre-internship hours, including what may or may not count and how far in the past an experience might have been and still be counted.


The RA Internship can be completed in full (10-15 units) (Note: 1 unit of credit equates to approximately 40 hours of placement) or in partial segments (4-6 units)

  • 195R-RA full internship (10-15 units)
  • 195Q-RA partial internship (4-6 units)
  • 195G-HTM full internship (10-15 units)
  • 195H-HTM partial internship (4-6 units)

For more information on on these options, attend the mandatory meetings and speak with your advisor.

Forms and information related to RA & HTM Pre-Internships and Internships

* The faculty internship supervisor is the faculty member assigned to supervise you during your internship. These assignments are often determined based on faculty workload considerations and the faculty member assigned may not be your own major advisor. During the internship, you should communicate and respond to your faculty internship supervisor as you would to any course instructor, and it is the faculty internship supervisor who will determine and assign your internship grade.

Program-specific Criteria

  • Concurrent Enrollment: Enrollment in RPTA 195E, 195B, or 195C is required to receive course credit and gain university liability insurance coverage.
  • Hours for National Accreditation: 400 hours (equivalent to 10 weeks of full-time work).
    • This can be completed as a full internship (195E) or by combining two partial internships (195B and 195C). Partial internships can be done at different agencies

Recreation Therapy Internships

Program-specific Criteria

  • Supervision: Interns must work directly under the agency's Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) (agencies that do not have a CTRS cannot have a Recreation Therapy intern).
  • Concurrent Enrollment: in RPTA 195D is required to receive course credit and gain university liability insurance coverage.
  • Hours for National Certification: 560 minimum hours (equivalent to 14 weeks of full-time work).
  • Hours for California Certification: 600 minimum hours (equivalent to 15 weeks of full-time work).
  • Internship Project: All interns are required to complete a project approved by the agency supervisor.

Special Requirements for Recreation Therapy Internships

RT students must carefully choose their internship sites with their advisor's advice in order to meet certification requirements. RPTA maintains a spreadsheet of RT agencies with exisiting contracts with the University for RT internship placement

View the list of contracted agencies or download the list.

Be advised: that for national certification through NCTRC (see above), you must ensure that your supervisor is a CTRS. Check Supervisor CTRS Status

Proposing An Internship Site/Agency

If you find an agency that meets the requirements for an RT internship that is not in the spreadsheet, please send the following information to Dr. Christina Davis, CTRS

  • Name and title of person legally authorized to sign contracts on behalf of the facility
  • Phone number and email address of the above
  • Full name and address of the facility
  • Full Name and contact information for the facilities Recreational Therapist.

After this information is received, it is sent to the University's contract officer, who will get in contact with the agency to negotiate details of a contract.

Please note that submitting this information does not guarantee the university and/or the agency will agree to a contract. Allow up to six months for a contract to be processed.

RT Pre-/Internships Forms

*The faculty internship supervisor is the faculty member assigned to supervise you during your internship. These assignments are often determined based on faculty workload considerations and the faculty member assigned may not be your own major advisor. During the internship, you should communicate and respond to your faculty internship supervisor as you would to any course instructor and it is the faculty internship supervisor who will determine and assign your internship grade.

List of RT Contracted Agencies

Agency Address Term Contact Title Phone E-mail
Ability 360 Sports and Fitness Center 5031 E. Washington St. Phoenix AZ 85034 6/12/17-6/11/22 Kelsey Bocken CTRS 775-858-4576
Adaptive Sports Center P.O. Box 1639 Crested Butte CO 81224 1/30/18-1/29/23 Benjamin Banker CTRS 970-349-5075
Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago 225 East Chicago Ave. Chicago IL 60611-2605 3/15/19-3/14/24 Molly Sliwa CTRS 312-227-3452
Baywood Court 21966 Dolores Street Castro Valley CA 94546 8/20/18-8/19/23 Vy Nguyen, CTRS Internship Coodinator 510-733-2405
Capital Transitional Care -Covenant Care 6821 24th St. Sacramento CA 95822 7/10/19-7/09/24 Miley Chang CTRS 916-391-6011
Cedar Hills Hospital 10300 SW Eastridge St Portland OR 97225-5044 8/12/19-8/11/22 Elizabeth Crooks Contract/Credential Cooridinator 971-228-8009
Challenge Alaska 3350 Commercial Dr. Suite 208 Anchorage AK 99501 6/01/20-5/31/25 Jeff Dick CTRS, ParaSport Alaska Coordinator (907) 344-7270 office
Child & Family Guidance Center - Northpoint School 9650 Zelzah Avenue Northridge CA 91325 10/29/19-10/28/24 James Overall CTRS (818) 739-5323
City of Boulder, Parks & Recreation 3198 Broadway St. Boulder CO 80304 9/1/19-9/1/24 Lori Goldman, CTRS Therapeutic Program Coordinator (303) 413-7256
City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation Services 2580 Hilyard St. Eugene OR 97405 7/23/19-7/22/24 Andy Fernandez CTRS, CPRP, Sec. Mgr. Senior Adult & Adaptive Rec Services 541-682-6305
City of Fort Collins: Adaptive Recreation Opportunities 215 N. Mason St. 3rd Fl. Fort Collins CO 80524 1/18/19-1/7/23 Renee Lee, CTRS Adaptive Recreation Coordinator 970-224-6027
City of Las Vegas 495 S. Main St. Fifth floor, Las Vegas NV 89101 4/25/18-4/24/23 Jennifer Winder CTRS 702-229-5177
City of San Ramon / Parks & Community Services 9300 Alcosta Blvd. San Ramon CA 94583 1/7/18-1/16/23 Jessica Reaber CTRS, RTC / Recreation Coordinator 925-973-3272
Community Gatepath 350 Twin Dolphin Dr #123, Redwood City CA 94065 5/19/20-5/18/25 Chelsea Farrington, CTRS Rec Therapy Coordinator 650-468-8396
Cosumnes CSD Park & Rec District 9355 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove CA 95624 5/20/19-5/19/24 Brittany Simon Rec Coordinstor, Adaptive & Inclusive Programming, CTRS 916-405-5373
Dept. of State Hospitals - Atascadero 10333 El Camino Real PO Box 7001, Atascadero CA 93423 Paid Internship 8/26/19-6/30/22 Dan Morley Recreational Therapy Internship Director 805-468-2686
Dept. of State Hospitals - Coalinga 24511 W. Jayne Ave., Coalinga CA 93210 Paid Internship 8/26/19-6/30/22 Carly Lesar CTRS (559) 934-8058
Eagle Mount Billings 1140 16th St W #12 Billings MT 59102 12/9/20-12/08/25 Rachel Heveron, CTRS Adaptive Program Director (406) 969-2949
Ferraro Behavior Services, LLC 9512 Lima Road, Ste. 103/104 Fort Wayne IN 46818 12/5/18-12/4/23 Emma Flaugh CTRS 260-385 7095
Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington 325 9th Avenue B359819 Seattle WA 98104 8/8/18-8/7/23 Constance Armstrong-Beyerlin (aka Missy) Manager, IP Rehabilitation and Psychiatry (206) 744-8126
HCR ManorCare Rehabilitation Center - Marietta 4360 Johnson Ferry Place Marietta GA 30068 1/30/18-1/29/23 Laura E. Kelly, CTRS Senior Rec Therapy Director 770-971-5870 ext. 2235
Heritage Oaks Hospital 4250 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento CA 95841 9/18/18-9/17/23 Maribel Gutierrez CTRS 916-489-3336 ext. 1276
Jack C. Montgomery VA 1011 Honor Heights Dr. Muskogee OK 74401 12/21/18-11/1/28 Deborah Moreno CTRS (918) 577-4014
National Ability Center 1000 Ability Way Park City UT 84060 5/28/20-5/27/25 Andrea Stack CTRS, Intern Supervisor 435.649.3991 x607
NHC Place at The Trace 8353 Highway 100 Nashville TN 37221 5/10/19-5/9/24 Rachel Anderson CTRS 629-888-5800
Paramount House Senior Living 2061 Peabody Rd. Vacaville CA 95687 8/14/19-8/13/24 Kathy Pawlak CTRS/Activity Director 707-455-0300
Peak View Behavioral Health Hospital 7353 Sisters Grove Colorado Springs CO 80923 6/7/18-6/6/23 Victoria Platt, CTRS, MHA Director, Rec Therapy 719-444-8484
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital 2415 De La Vina St. Santa Barbara CA 93102 5/1/20-5/1/23 Kathy Schmitt CTRS/Intern supervisor (805) 569-8999
Sutter Valley Hospital-Rehab Institute 2700 Gateway Oaks Dr, Ste 1100, Sacramento CA 95833 7/1/18-6/30/23 Alyssa Rose CTRS 916-878-2573
Sutter Valley Hospital-Center for Psychiatry 2700 Gateway Oaks Dr., Ste 1100 7/1/18-6/30/23 Cierra Dulgar CTRS 916-386-3066
Sutter Valley Hospital-Senior Care PACE 2700 Gateway Oaks Dr., Ste 1100, Sacramento CA 95833 7/1/18-6/30/23 Kathleen Harrison CTRS 916-491-3427
The HEART Center 21152 N. 22nd St. Pheonix AZ 85024 10/15/20-10/14/25 Chelsea Harden, CTRS Executive Director (818) 613-6394
The Heritage Community 5600 N Heritage School Dr. Provo UT 84604 3/16/18-3/15/23 Laura Bennion, CTRS Peers Rec Therapy Supervisor (801) 226-4643 ext. 243
The WELL at Sac State 6000 J Street, Sacramento CA 95819 9/2/20-9/1/25 Alivia Gok, CTRS Adaptive Recreation Coordinator 916-278-2247
U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center 43101 Goldmine Dr., Big Bear Lake CA 92315 5/6/19-5/5/24 Sara Rosell RTC, CTRS (909) 584-0269
VA Long Beach Healthcare System Long Beach CA 7/12/19-6/20/25 Crystal Bracy-Wilson CTRS, SCI/D Rec Therapist 562-826-8000 ext. 2121
VA Northern CA Health Care System Recreation Therapy Section (117/MTZ) 150 Muir Rd., Martinez CA 94553 3/1/17-6/30/27 Gary Agcaoili, CTRS Rec Therapy Supervisor 925-370-4790
VA Palo Alto, Sierra Pacific Network 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94304 8/12/18-7/31/23 Bria Heymach CTRS/intern coordinator office: 858-3163
cell: 858-518-6866
VA San Francisco Medical Center 4150 Clement Street (116M) San Francisco CA 94121 Nov 2019 until terminated Christian Dillon CTRS, MS, CPT Strength & Wellness Fitness Coordinator 415-221-4810 ext 24093 Christian.Dillon
Willow Springs Center, LLC 690 Edison Way, Reno NV 89502 1/13/20-1/12/23 Elizabeth Seegraber CTRS (775) 858-4576
Windsor Healthcare Center of Oakland   5/6/2020-5/5/2025 Maria Thompson CTRS    
Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus 4685 Dorsett Shoals Rd., Couglasville GA 30135 12/20/2019-12/19/2024 Richard Shaw CTRS 770-852-6406

Internship Resources

Note: These documents are subject to change and information may be added or removed as the Department receive updates from agencies. It is provided as a resource for students searching for internships in this difficult time and we apologize if any agency information changes more frequently than we can amend the document