Internship in Recreation, REC 444

The Internship in recreation involves a regular university course (Recreation 444 - 12 hours credit). This is a required course for recreation administration majors. Students report to the agency director and work directly under agency supervision for a minimum of fifteen consecutive weeks. Definite work schedules for individual students can be arranged to meet the particular needs of the agency, but students are required to work 40 hours per week (no week of the internship may be fewer than 32 hours or more than 50 hours). The agency and the university carry on supervision of the intern student jointly.

Internships are encouraged during the fall, spring and summer semesters as part of the student's academic requirements. There are numerous possibilities in placements both in St. Cloud and other Minnesota cities and areas. (Students wishing to intern out of state should see requirements in section IV E. of the Recreation Internship Manual).

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Objectives of the Recreation Internship

  1. Gain first-hand knowledge and understanding of Recreation programs and the structures and forces that affect them.

  2. Understand the individual and social problems for which these program services are designed and the impact they have upon individuals and groups.

  3. Accept challenges and stimuli to learn and investigate.

  4. Integrate and apply knowledge, theory, and understanding from classroom courses and other life experiences.

  5. Experience contacts with professional workers on the job and tests him/her as a worker as well as a student.

  6. Develop techniques and skills common to practice in recreation programs, such as: data collection and organization; communication skills; motivation of others; disciplined use of self in interaction with individuals and groups.

  7. Become aware of and analyze his/her own values to determine if they are consistent with human services as a career.

  8. Discover strengths that may be developed and weaknesses that may be reduced through the educational program.

  9. Test his/her interest and aptitude for a career in the human services.

  10. Prepare for entry-level employment in a professional role in a recreation program, or for entry to a graduate school.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be able to enroll in Recreation 444 Senior Internship, the Recreation student must:

  1. Be accepted as a Recreation major by the St. Cloud State University Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Sport Science.

  2. Be at least a first semester senior.

  3. Have completed at least 24 credits within the major.

  4. Have successfully completed REC 433.

  5. Have passed the comprehensive exam and internship manual exam, AND

  6. Have the Application for Internship approved by the Recreation Curriculum Coordinator.

How the Student Initiates Arrangements for Recreation Internship:

The following steps must be completed. The process should begin at least one full semester prior to the deadline for internship placement.

  1. See that the requirements to be eligible for Internship will be completed.

  2. Complete Application for Internship and prepare a resume.

  3. Meet with the Coordinator of Recreation to review Application for Internship.

  4. Review the Internship Opportunity file for agency affiliations and examine intern qualifications and responsibilities. Select agencies to contact for a possible internship placement. If there is not an agency in the file that meets the student's placement interest, a new internship site affiliation may be established.

  5. Send a letter of application to at least three recreation and/or park agencies that have been selected as possible internship sites. The letter should be brief and to the point, including an indication of the student's interest in an internship experience with the agency. The letter should inform the agency of the dates of the internship, request an interview and include the student's resume. All students must inform the Coordinator of Recreation as to which agencies they will be contacting at least one month prior to the end of the quarter immediately prior to internship. A duplicate copy of each letter that is sent to agencies must be given to the Coordinator of Recreation.

  6. Make an appointment for an interview with the agencies.

  7. When an agency has been selected for placement, the Recreation Internship Agency Contract must be completed and submitted to the Coordinator of Recreation with a copy of the student's internship primary and secondary learning objectives. The student will submit a minimum of two performance measures for each primary learning objectives. (Learning Objectives may be found in Appendix A of the Recreation Internship Manual).

  8. Schedule and attend a contract conference with the Recreation Coordinator regarding the internship duties, responsibilities, and learning objectives.

Deadlines for Spring Internships

Application for Internship: October 1
Successful Completion of Recreation Comprehensive Exam: November 1
Recreation Internship Agency Contract and Learning Objectives: November 15
Contract Conference: December 1
Verification and Approval: December 15

Deadlines for Summer/Fall Internships

Application for Internship: December 1
Successful Completion of Recreation Comprehensive Exam: March 1
Recreation Internship Agency Contract and Learning Objectives: March 15
Contract Conference: April 1
Verification and Approval: April 15

Learning Objectives for Recreation Administration

Administration:

  1. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of personnel supervision.
  2. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the financing process.vTo develop and apply knowledge and techniques of marketing.
  3. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of comprehensive policies and procedures in the operation of an agency.
  4. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of legal status of the organization.
  5. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of risk management and liability.
  6. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of agency documentation.
  7. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of customer service/public relations.

Programming:

  1. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of leadership methods for different age groups.
  2. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the development and organization of recreation programs.
  3. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of recreation program implementation and operations.
  4. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of program evaluation and analysis.
  5. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of programming activities and events for individuals with disabilities.

Facilities:

  1. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of short and long term maintenance.
  2. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of facility scheduling and operations.
  3. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of accessibility standards.
  4. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of facility design and renovations.
  5. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of facility security.

Learning Objectives for Therapeutic Recreation

Assessment

  1. To develop and apply knowledge of diagnostic groups characteristics and limitations.
  2. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the assessment of the physical, social, cognitive, emotional, and leisure domains, including family and community supports.
  3. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of assessment selection.
  4. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of assessment procedures.
  5. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of assessment administration.
  6. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of assessment interpretation.

Documentation

  1. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of development of the individualized treatment plan.
  2. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of writing measurable.
  3. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of monitoring.
  4. Progress toward goals and behavioral objectives.
  5. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of documenting observations and progress in client records.
  6. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of discharge/aftercare planning and referrals.

Program Planning

  1. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the department plan of operation.
  2. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the nature and diversity of recreation and leisure activities.
  3. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the selection of programs to meet needs of client.
  4. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the selection of activities to fit program purpose.
  5. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the selection of appropriate interventions.
  6. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of assistive techniques and adaptive devices.

Program Implementation

  1. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of individual and group interaction and leadership.
  2. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the implementation of intervention techniques.
  3. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the implementation of leisure education.
  4. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of resource utilization.
  5. To develop and apply knowledge of community supports for health maintenance and relapse prevention.

Administration

  1. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of personnel and volunteer supervision.
  2. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of the financing process.
  3. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of marketing.
  4. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of comprehensive policies and procedures in the operation of an agency.
  5. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of risk management and liability.
  6. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of customer service/public relations.
  7. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of area and facility management.
  8. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of continuous quality improvement.

Advancement of the Profession

  1. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of legislation and regulations pertaining to therapeutic recreation.
  2. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of advocacy.
  3. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of professional standards and ethical guidelines.
  4. To develop and apply knowledge and techniques of team building in multi-disciplinary settings.
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