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Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration College of Health & Human Services

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Internships

All recreation majors, and many of our graduate students, complete professional internships, consistent with the accreditation standards for our undergraduate programs. All students are required to find their own internship placement.

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.
  • Enroll concurrently in an applicable B, C, or E course
  • 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 & Park Management Internships

Applicable Programs: Non-profit and Community Recreation, Natural Resource Management and Outdoor Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Management

RPM Pre-Internship

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.

RPM Internship

The RPM Internship can be completed in one 10-unit enrollment/period (RPTA 195E) (Note: 1 unit of credit equates to approximately 40 hours of placement) or in separate 4-unit and 6-unit enrollments/periods (RPTA 195B and RPTA 195C respectively).

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

Forms and information related to RPM 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. Be advised that for national certification through NCTRC (see above), you must ensure that your supervisor is a CTRS.

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. Jamie Hoffman

  • 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.

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