Current Student Information
Paid and volunteer fieldwork positions in recreation are great ways to gain a perspective on the many avenues one may choose within various Recreation Management professions. The Parks and Outdoor Recreation (POR) and Therapeutic Recreation (TR) concentrations include a practicum followed by a full-time professional capstone internship. These real world opportunities allow exploration of specific interests while providing opportunities for resume building.
PRLS 241 – Practicum
The practicum provides students with an entry-level guided work experience in the field of Recreation Management. Students complete 120 hours over a minimum of 10-12 weeks during the semester. A variety of practicum sites exist to match student interests, including the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, The Edge, Aquatic and Fitness Center, Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, and the Mason LIFE program.
After registering for PRLS 241 contact Dr. Brenda Wiggins, email@example.com for site selection and approval.
PRLS 490 – Recreation Management Internship
Completed during the last semester. Interns will network with outstanding professionals, undertake tasks that allow them to independently apply their university coursework to real-life situations, and complete a project at their site. This experience helps seniors launch their professional careers, making them a more valuable asset to any hiring organization.
In the semester prior to beginning the internship, the mandatory internship orientation must be attended for information about navigating the internship. Both the site and university approvals must be given and paperwork in order the semester prior to interning. Until the paperwork is processed, interns will not be able to register for PRLS 490 on patriotweb.
Note: Failure to complete the mandatory internship orientation session will make student ineligible to complete their internship during the applicable semester.
After completing the paperwork, the faculty supervisor will unrestrict the course for interns to register for PRLS 490, and only one other course may be taken during that semester. Senior standing is required (90 hours completed) as well as satisfactory completion of all other coursework. Interns are supervised directly by professionals, who communicate regularly with the intern's faculty supervisor.
For Inquiries regarding Recreation Management Internships contact faculty supervisor Natalie Haynes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parks and Outdoor Recreation Students
Students will intern 30 to 40 hours per week at a pre-approved site for a minimum of 400 hours over 10 – 12 consecutive weeks in the semester. See a list of previous internship sites as a starting place.
Therapeutic Recreation Students
Students will intern 30 to 40 hours per week at a pre-approved site under a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) for a minimum of 560 hours over 14-15 weeks in the semester. See a list of previous internship sites as a starting place.
The web links below may be of interest for students and professionals needing ready access to information or contacts in the field. State, national, and international professional associations are also listed.
General Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies
Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Management
Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR),
National Association for Interpretation (NAI)
George Wright Society
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Wilderness Education Association (WEA)
American Camp Association (ACA)
North American Association for Environmental Education
The Student Conservation Association
Sport, Resort and Commercial Recreation