Internship & Praticum
Internships and Practicum
All RT students are required to gain practical Recreation Therapy related experience under the supervision of a professional. All students are required to complete the following:
RECL 169: Practicum in Recreation Therapy = 100 hours of observation and hands-on learning.
To Do: Investigate a practicum site (link to the url of internship lists), call professionals and secure a site, complete the Practicum Form (live link), submit form and obtain add-code from the RT Coordinator.
Semester’s End: Complete practicum evaluation and completion form (live link) and submit to the RT coordinator for a grade.
RECL 170A: Pre-internship 1-unit course meets the semester before your internship. Meets 4-5 times during the semester.
Purpose is to review internship requirements and review resume content, interviewing skills, national exam pointers, use of the competency list (live link) and tips from alumni.
Must have instructor approval.
RECL 170C: Internship - 560 hour (40 hours/week for 14 consecutive weeks) semester-long internship where the student does only reports to an agency each day, not to the university.
The student works directly with a certified Recreation Therapist day-to-day in order to develop knowledge, skills and abilities.
- To Do: Investigate an internship site (link to the url of internship lists), call professionals and inquire about availability, interview and accept an internship offer (if it is a site that is new to SJSU or is located out of the Bay Area please alert the RT Coordinator right away, fill out the 170C Form (live link170A and 170C TR Practicum and Internship Learning Checklist ), submit form and obtain add-code from the RT Coordinator.
During Internship: Use this list (live link) as a guide for learning. It contains every competency required of a Recreation Therapist.
Semester’s End: Submit the internship report, supervisor’s final evaluation, student internship site evaluation, and National Certification application electronically to the RT coordinator for a grade.
Internship and Practicum Location Lists
(FYI - There are hundreds not on this list. Research and discover one that is just right for you). You are not limited to this area.
Certification Information Websites and Forms
- NCTRC Intern Folder PDF
- NCTRC TR Internship Field Placement Verification PDF
- NCTRC Internship Standards
- NCTRC Pre-Internship Letter and Checklist
- Internship with the Veterans Administration (VA) Recreation Therapy Service
Practicum Q & A:
What Is Practicum? Practicum is pre-internship, hands-on-learning experience working with a Recreation Therapist for 100 hours. This often involves observation, coaching, and interactions with clientele.
Where Will I Do This? You will be working in a location you choose that can range from highly medical to non-medical. It is best to start your practicum in a non-medical community-oriented setting and gain experience and exposure to people with various needs/conditions. Once you gain experience, it is suggested that you complete some practicum with a medical oriented agency.
When Should I Start? Practicum is arguably the most important aspect of your entire degree. Currently, you are only required 100 hours of practicum however; if you only complete the minimum of 100 hours you will have far fewer internship options and weaken your ability to get a good job right out of college. Maximizing practicum hours is extremely important to your success.
This means that you should start your practicum NOW. See the internships tab for our Dept. website for lists first and then request a meeting with Dr. Ross if you would like help with a referral.
It is suggested that you take the HRTM 169 class right away (2nd semester of your major) and then continue to do some practicum hours each semester of your curriculum from there.
How Do I Find An Agency? Please look on the board outside of the Department Office.
Also, please go to the practicum/internship database found on www.sjsu.edu/hrtm/internships and look at different kinds of agencies. I apologize that this list is outdated and my not have accurate information since personnel and agencies make changes all of the time.
Also, please look at the CBRPC listof approved internship sites found on the same webpage: www.sjsu.edu/hrtm/internships
When Do I Take RECL 169 Practicum Class? Take this class as soon as possible. During the semester you take this class you will be required to use a learning checklist found at the bottom of www.sjsu.edu/hrtm/internships Use this list to track your learning. You will turn this in at the end of your practicum along with an evaluation form found on that same website.
Do I Have To Do All 100 Hours During The Semester I Take Practicum Class? Yes. If this is humanly impossible, please talk with Dr. Ross about an exception.
How Else Can I Maximize My Success? Diversity of practicum settings.
We suggest that by starting early, you can rotate to all sorts of different types of settings and expose yourself to diverse people, agencies, diagnosis, conditions, ages, etc. This will maximize your opportunities for internship and a future career.
Recreation Therapy Internship Coordinator
- Name: Susan L. Ross, Ph.D., CTRS, RTC
- Office: MH 521
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org