Recreation, Parks and Tourism 470

RCPT 470. Internship in Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Prerequisites:A minimum 2.1 grade point average in overall work and a 2.5 in the major; RCPT 112, RCPT 210, RCPT 313, RCPT 314, RCPT 413, RCPT 423

Credit Hours: (12) 40 hours per week for 14 weeks, 560 hours total

In addition, student must be in the process or have completed the courses within his/her concentration, and must have permission of the chairperson. Provides maximum opportunity to participate in professional laboratory experiences as a recreation professional.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The specific application of knowledge, understanding, and skills obtained in the classroom to a practical setting (i.e., hospital, rehabilitation center, public park and recreation department, conference center, resort hotel, senior center, health spa, camp, etc.) under the supervision of a qualified and/or certified recreation or therapeutic recreation specialist. In addition, to the practical experience in the specific setting, each student is required to complete a special project that will be of assistance and value to the agency (i.e., new supply and equipment inventory program, a public relation tool, a leisure resource file, etc.). When possible, the faculty supervisor visits the student two or more times during the experience.

Topics considered during the internship are in association with the general goals and objectives of the agency and the University/Department. Specific topics are in association with the concentration the student is pursuing and the type of agency.


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

The student’s major advisor acts as a facilitator for student placement in cooperation with the instructor in RCPT 413 (Professional Issues in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism) and the internship supervisor; however, the primary responsibility is for the student to secure the internship placement. The conduct of the course as related to the university supervisor and the agency supervisor is outlined in specific details in the Department Student Manual.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The goals and objectives of the course from a general perspective are found in the Department Student Manual. Specifically, to apply knowledge and understanding obtained in the classroom to a practical situation. This may include the following, but is not limited to:

1. Ability to apply programming concepts, including conceptualization, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
2. Ability to implement a variety of individual and group techniques, including intervention, instruction, leadership and supervision.
3. Ability to utilize effectively the tools of communication, including both verbal and nonverbal techniques.
4. Ability to implement principles and procedures related to operation and care of resources, areas, and facilities.


Assessment Measures

Assessment of the student's success in the course is based on agency supervisor and university/department internship supervisor evaluation. The specific grade is recorded as Pass/Fail.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Reviewed February 2005 Edward Udd, Chair

Revised 4/13/09