2020 Internship Fair
Starting at 10:30am, internship supervisors will be in their respective video chat rooms waiting for you to join them. If the virtual booth has video chat available, you will click on a button that says, "Chat with..." If not, most virtual booths will have useful information and ways for you to engage with that information.
Just as if we were attending in person, be respectful and courteous to others. You may type your questions into the chat box if the supervisor is chatting with other students. They have been encouraged to respond to your questions and inquiries on any contact forms they have set up here in the Virtual Venue.
Welcome Internship Supervisors!
Thank you for being willing to still help facilitate the Internship Fair despite being virtual this year. We also created booths for facilities who have either posted on our website previously or are listed as a UofU Best Practice site.
We wanted to send a few reminders for our Virtual Internship Fair tomorrow.
Please be in your virtual room no later than 10:15am.
Due to the nature of virtual meetings, we remind you to please be professional and informative during live sessions with students. Monitor the chat for questions and respond verbally or type.
After the Internship Fair, please respond to any student contact form submissions in a timely manner. URTA created these forms as an easy way for students to get more information from facilities.
URTA Executive Committee members will be rotating between facility meetings to ensure students can join and there are no technical problems. Please contact us via this Google Meet link or text 801-896-4482 if you have any problems.
Thank you again for assisting students in their career efforts for furthering Recreational Therapy here in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
Crescent Senior Living Internships
Crescent Senior Living is an Assisted Living Community operated by Mission Health Services. Mission’s core philosophy is providing an environment of safety and security while the resident retains full autonomy. All of our Mission homes have joined the Eden Alternative Registry and are committed to battling the plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.
An internship at Crescent Senior Living provides students with the opportunity to work with our Recreation Therapist and help with assessments, learn our documentation procedures, and to assist in providing goal-oriented leisure programs for our residents.
1- Pass a background check.
2- Appropriate TR Coursework.
3- Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
4- Must live offsite and commute each day. Room and board will not be provided.
5- Complete necessary paperwork.
Send in Cover Letter, Resume, and Completed Application.
Madison Carriage Cove Internships
Carriage Cove Short Stay Rehabilitation in Rexburg, Idaho, is a Healthcare Resort to serve your Transitional Care needs. Carriage Cove combines a progressive and unique healthcare model with an atmosphere of hospitality, and the amenities of a fine luxury resort. Our guests enjoy short-term medical therapy and/or treatment.
Internships are offered year-round.
Internships are available starting January 2021.
Coursework approved by NCTRC.
Emily Spencer - firstname.lastname@example.org; 208-359-7649
Send cover letter and resume to Emily Spencer CTRS, Recreation Therapist.
Brighton Recovery Center Internships
Brighton Recovery Center is a dual diagnosis treatment center for adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. The Recreation Therapy program focuses on evidence based delivery of Therapeutic Recreation through theory based intervention. As a member of the Recreation Therapy team the intern will get a deep understanding of the therapeutic value of engaged experience. This internship is fully immersive and the intern is involved in every step of the process. From coordinating with the rest of the Clinical Team to connecting with sober fellowships and community resources. The intern experience will help you grow professionally and personally throughout.
This internship is a challenging experience but a transformative one so a willingness to grow and apply concepts to ones life is important. …also must be able to work Saturdays…
2 months prior to the internship start date
Contact Will Lindsay to schedule a face to face interview. A resume and cover letter are also required: the cover letter should focus on the applicants passion for Therapeutic Recreation and what they see is the future of the industry including their role in that future.
Willowcreek Location: Cottonwood Heights, Utah
ScenicView Academy is a Nonprofit School for Young Adults with Autism & Learning Disabilities. Our program is centered on empowering students with skills to live an independent, productive, fulfilling life. We do this through our Live, Work, & Thrive programs.
In the Thrive Program, we teach students about social skills, leisure and recreation skills, resiliency, and maintaining their health and fitness. We teach classes and 1:1's specific to their needs, document, plan & run activities on and off campus, and use the APIE process in all we plan. Some of the classes we offer include: dating & relationships, friendship building, social skills, sensory needs, movement, empowerment group, finding/planning/participating in leisure activities, relaxation techniques, mindfulness, and resiliency tasks. We also have staff who help them learn more about music, art, writing, acting, and physical fitness skills.
Our goal is that students will learn and implement appropriate social skills as they go out and become contributing members of society. We want to give them tools to succeed socially, physically, and through having leisure abilities fitting their individual needs and abilities.
Jenna Higgins TRS, CTRS; email@example.com
St. Mark's Hospital Behavioral Health Unit Internships
Intern will work with CTRS's in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services to become proficient at the APIE process. The inpatient unit is a 16 bed adult acute psychiatric unit. The outpatient service line is two intensive outpatient programs including a dual diagnosis program and maternal mental health program. Learn more about the hospital at stmarkshospital.com/service/adult-behavioral-health-services
NCTRC required course work
Application Email / Phone / URL:
Please email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Upon review we will set up an interview. If offered the internship, intern will begin the hospital screening process.
3900 S 1200 E, Salt Lake City, Utah
Discovery Academy Internships
Discovery Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located in Provo, Utah. Situated in between the spectacular Wasatch Mountains to the east and Utah Lake to the west, a variety of outdoor educational and recreational opportunities are literally at our doorstep. Discovery Academy boarding school serves students ages 13-17. We offer the best of both worlds - separate programs for boys and girls with opportunities for appropriate co-ed interaction. Our student body is limited to just 32 girls and 50 boys. Our small boarding school environment lets us create an atmosphere where every student is known and every need is addressed. At Discovery Academy, academics, residential living, and therapeutics are all built on an experiential foundation. In each area, our students learn by doing. We focus on building relationships, respect, and responsibility. Using this boarding school model, we help students discover their true potential, rekindle their love for learning and prepare for post-high school educational opportunities.
The Therapeutic Recreation program at Discovery Academy is brand new and is being launched in October of 2020. Discovery Academy saw the value that an evidence-based Therapeutic Recreation program could add to their already industry-leading programming. The recreation therapy program at Discovery Academy is adventure-based utilizing activities such as rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and canyoneering to teach therapeutic skills and help students generalize those skills to all aspects of their life. The department offers groups and individual sessions to students, experiential training for front-line staff, and groups for families during quarterly parent workshops. Recreation therapists at Discovery Academy work closely as part of the clinical team, serve on interdisciplinary treatment teams, and work with the residential and academic departments to enhance programming offered to students. Other programming includes day-long mastery trips, camping trips, drama productions for parent workshops, intramural sports, and weekend activities.
Due to how new the recreation therapy program is at Discovery Academy, you will gain firsthand experience developing an evidence-based, theory-backed program from the ground up. This will include in-depth exposure with every aspect of the APIED process under the supervision of expert clinicians. Interns will also receive facilitation skills with whichever adventure programming is being offered seasonally, free meals while working, and access to pro deals from many outdoor brands.
Internships - Fall, Spring, Summer
Therapeutic Recreation Major from an accredited program with the majority of their senior course work completed. Individuals with experience working with at-risk youth and/or experience with doc climbing, skiing, canyoneering, or other vertical adventure sports are highly encouraged to apply.
2 months prior to internship start.
Jason Silva, firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the linked form to send us your information. Jason will reach out to with further application instructions. Be prepared to fill out an online application and provide a resume and cover letter.
Utah State Hospital Internships
Interns are matched with a licensed and NCTRC certified Supervisor. They will receive orientation and training throughout their internship. A stipend of $840.00 will be paid at the conclusion of a successful internship. Interns will be mentored by their supervisor and other RT professionals adhering to the NCTRC guidelines and job analysis. Interns are included in Clinical meetings and play a role on the treatment team. Opportunities for clinical rotations on other patient units is expected to broaden the learning experience regarding patient ages and with a variety of mental illnesses, age ranges from children through adults. It's expected the intern will have finished their class work and completing their education with this internship. We prepare our interns for the RT profession.
Company / Organization Name:
Utah State Hospital
Recreation Therapy Intern
Candidate must be eligible through their university's Recreation Therapy department. Advisors will need to recommend them for this internship. This is a highly sought after intern placement, so early commitment to work and follow through is expected.
Internships are offered year round, but there is a cap of 5 interns per semester. We are looking for highly motivated, energized, creative, independent, and career oriented individuals who can work within a team of clinical professionals from psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, RT and OT staff. You will learn from the best!
2-3 months prior to the semester
Alyssa Turner TRS, CTRS
Utah State Hospital 1300 E. Center Street, Provo, Utah
Maple Lake Academy for Girls and Boys Internships
Maple Lake Academy provides the answers and long-term results to adolescents, ages 12-17, struggling with the effects of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, and Verbal/Nonverbal Learning Disorders. With a warm home environment, balancing structure and love, we work closely with our students to teach and practice the critical skills they will need to succeed socially, emotionally and academically. We believe that all students are unique and require individualized programs to best reach their potential. The combination of our expertise and dedication to this work with our families is truly a journey of love in building their family bridge to success.
Internships are available at both the girls school or the boys school.
2-3 months prior to the semester
Kami Houck CTRS
If you’re interested in the boys school, contact: email@example.com
If you’re interested in the girls school, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish Fork, Utah
National Ability Center Internships
Gain professional experience and knowledge with hands-on experience in all aspects of community-based therapeutic recreation with an internship at the National Ability Center! Programs include: Equestrian (EFL, Hippotherapy & Adaptive Riding), Aquatics, Archery, Camps, Rock Climbing, Nordic Skiing/Biathlon, Family & Group Programming, Water-skiing, Wakeboarding, Paddle Sports, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Military Programs, Ski & Snowboard, Sled Hockey and more! For application deadlines, internship dates and how to apply, please visit discovernac.org.
Current student within a Therapeutic Recreation program or immediate graduate.
Current CPR and First Aid Certification (must be current for duration of internship).
Commitment to a positive, fun and team-oriented working environment.
Working knowledge of National Ability Center policies and procedures (upon training).
Completion of a Utah State background check & valid driver’s license.
Basic computer processing skills including Microsoft Office.
Experience with people of all abilities, programming and safety needs.
Ability to give and receive feedback in a positive manner.
Commitment to all responsibilities and expectations.
Ability to help transfer people in and out equipment (lifting required).
Ability to withstand long hours in the outdoors.
March 1 for Summer; June 1 for Fall; October 15 for Winter
Application Email / Phone / URL:
Park City, UT
Copper Hills Youth Center Internships
Copper Hills Youth Center offers internships.
Duties include, but are not limited to, helping with psychotherapy groups on the units as well as on the ropes course, and also helping with outings (community and adventure) for the residents.
One week of on-site orientation at the facility and sufficient training in the department will be provided. Must be able to pass a drug screen and background check.
If you are interested in joining a dynamic and fun team, please reach out to us!
Allysa Beers - email@example.com; 801-822-4223
If interested, please send your resume to Allysa Beers TRS, CTRS, Director of Recreation Therapy at Copper Hills Youth Center.
5899 West Rivendell Drive
West Jordan, UT 84088
Salt Lake County Adaptive Recreation Internships
The intern’s role in this organization is to assist in all aspects of planning and implementing programs and going through the TR process in various programs. He/she will be supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), while performing various job tasks as outlined by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Based on experience, the intern may also serve in a leadership role, as a program leader or site supervisor. The intern will also provide information on current trends in therapeutic recreation services by preparing presentations for the adaptive staff. The internship is unpaid.
Respond to internship offer with acceptance letter acknowledging:
beginning and ending dates
a statement of expectations (intern goals)
Verify that your college/university has a legal agreement with Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation.
Complete all requirements for your college/university.
You must pass a background check in order to be eligible to intern with Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation.
DURING THE INTERNSHIP:
Attend appropriate training sessions and clinics for specific programs.
Participate in all facets of agency operation as directed by supervisor.
Maintain copy of all records pertinent to the internship including: orientation materials, copy of supervisor’s certification, log of hours, evaluations, assignments, and projects.
Complete assignments as given by supervisor(s) and any that are required by the university.
Attend weekly intern meetings.
Plan and present updates regarding the NCTRC job task analysis assignments and experiences related to the Therapeutic Recreation process.
Complete a case study that is chosen in collaboration with the intern supervisor.
Participate in program and internship evaluations.
Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation will accept interns as long as there is enough need for them to assist in programs. Please contact the agency internship coordinator for details. Use the following QR Code to lead you to our online application.
Lauren “Eljay” Johnson, TRS, CTRS
firstname.lastname@example.org or (385) 468-1956
Ashley Bowen, MS, MTRS, CTRS
Utah Department of Corrections Internships
Under the supervision and guidance of a seasoned CTRS, students will have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of Recreation Therapy at Utah Department of Corrections Forensic mental health facility. Students become part of the multidisciplinary treatment team, develop programming, complete assessments, gain experience with an electronic patient medical record, facilitate groups and gain valuable experience in a mental heath setting. Interns will be prepared to be entry-level practitioners at the completion of the 14 week experience.
*Completed educational requirements which meet NCTRC standards for certification.
*Must pass background check.
*Be willing to complete 14 consecutive weeks of training.
Katie Atencio TRS, CTRS
Email cover letter and resume at email@example.com
University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute Internships
Experience your large internship at one of Utah’s premiere research hospitals. The University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), offers large internships each semester for students seeking national certification in Therapeutic Recreation. UNI is an acute inpatient and day treatment hospital containing 120 beds and 11 units. The diverse patient population at UNI consists of individuals ranging from early childhood to geriatric who are a danger to themselves or others and are unable to maintain safety in a less restrictive environment. Common problem areas include anger, depression, self-harm, psychosis, detox and autism. The multidisciplinary team consists of highly-qualified doctors, therapists, nursing staff, social workers and expressive therapists. The Expressive Therapy department is responsible for leading 185 groups each week across the hospital.
As a member of the Expressive Therapy department, the Recreation Therapy intern will:
Prepare for NCTRC certification through assignments and projects.
Observe and facilitate groups across all units.
Learn to coordinate care with art therapists, music therapists as well as the multidisciplinary treatment team.
Apply the Therapeutic Recreation process through assessments, group notes, treatment plan reviews and discharge notes.
Learn and assist with challenge (ropes) course initiatives.
Unfortunately, we do not offer stipends. However, interns may qualify to work concurrently on the UNI ROPES Challenge Course while completing their internship. To arrange a tour and begin the application process, contact Holly Badger.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake Behavioral Health Internships
Nothing is more important to the team at UHS – Salt Lake Behavioral Health than the mental and emotional well-being of our patients. We provide both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services in Salt Lake City, UT, for adolescents ages 12 to 17, adults over 18, and seniors struggling with mental and emotional behavioral health disorders. Programs were offer:
We believe in an individualized, patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment. For some, anxiety or drug dependence looks different from others with the same diagnoses, and in some cases, Behavioral health and substance use disorders occur simultaneously. In these cases of dual-diagnosis, we treat the patients in the best way possible given their specific case. We are also offer separate male and female sections, so patients who need trauma or anxiety treatment specifically related to issues related to gender can feel safe throughout their stay.
If interested, please send resume to McKenzie Blatter TRS CTRS, Director of Recreation Therapy.
South Salt Lake City, Utah
Bennion Veterans Home Internships
Come complete your internship requirements while serving our Nations Heroes! At the Bennion Veterans Home, we are lucky to have the resources and staff to make a true difference in the lives of our Veterans! Learn the APIED process in action and get practical experience to finish off your degree! We have a thorough RT Internship program with several qualified supervisors and an interdisciplinary team you can learn from as well!
Two months prior to the start of the semester you are completing your internship
Kalisha Wilson TRS, CTRS
Site visits prior to application are encouraged! Let us show you how cool working with the Greatest Generation can be! Please contact Kalisha Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, application details, or to schedule a site visit.
Kostopulos Dream Foundation Internships
Kostopulos Dream Foundation, also known as Camp Kostopulos, offers year round internships! Here are the following Intern Responsibilities:
Act as an integral member of the summer camp program team. Assist with paperwork such as camper histories. Provide supervision, instruction, and ongoing assistance to program staff, campers, and volunteers during programs. Facilitate and lead assigned groups and activities such as-arts and crafts, music, drama, horses, ropes course, and more. Assessments of Participants: Including reviewing documentation, personal interview, and observation. Formal written interviews will be completed by TR interns. Develop individualized intervention plans for participants after assessments. Shadow CTRS. Facilitate activities under direction of intern supervisor. Complete evaluation forms after activities and review with supervisor. Evaluate campers who received an assessment during the week. Assist Program Manager & Coordinators in preparing program areas for summer. Plan and implement programs and activities: Including writing goals and objectives, writing activity plans, and making necessary arrangements. Assist Program Manager in providing supervision and guidance to program by articulating expectations, displaying model behavior, maintaining open lines of communication and being clear about roles and relationships. Follow protocol regarding handling of behaviors and special needs; gives Program Manager & Coordinators input & feedback on effectiveness of behavior protocols. Assist in implementing schedules for all areas of assigned camp programs including; facilities, special events, staff, meetings, etc. Assist Program Manager & Coordinators in leading and facilitating ropes course groups. Respond to any critical situations that may arise with participants, staff or environment. Supervise and assist in the following tasks: Supervision of participants, administering behavior protocol as directed, administering all medical protocol as directed, verbal and physical assistance, lifeguarding, and accomplishing all other tasks as directed. Monitors safety of all aspects of the program and campers. Communicate all pertinent issues affecting the programs to Program Manager & Coordinators (i.e. staff/client/ parent/transportation issues & concerns, etc), in a timely manner. Responsible for implementing policies and procedures regarding facilities and van including but not limited to; ensuring proper paperwork is filled out prior to departing, reporting damages to Director of Operations, using backer when exiting a parking spot, etc... Participate in all required trainings and certifications in compliance with the organization’s standards. Create a nurturing, positive and professional environment while promoting program policies and procedures amongst staff, volunteers and community. Communicate clearly, honestly and respectfully with all staff, participants, parents and volunteers.
Internships - Fall, Spring, Summer
4180 Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
McKay-Dee Behavioral Health Internships
The purpose of the therapeutic recreation internship is to provide the student majoring in therapeutic recreation with a practical learning experience in the development and implementation of therapeutic recreation services within McKay-Dee Behavioral Health Services at McKay-Dee Hospital, in Ogden, Utah. The therapeutic recreation internship will help prepare the student (with the required amount of educational experience) for a career in therapeutic recreation by providing a well organized, diverse, and meaningful hands-on experience. The internship will be supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, in accordance with the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification regulations. The experience of the TRS will help the student qualify to become a CTRS as regulated by NCTRC requirements. The internship will encompass the delivery of therapeutic recreation services in one or more roles according to the requirements outlined in the NCTRC job tasks and knowledge areas. It will also include a complete overview of the behavioral health units, the delivery of services in all aspects, and the opportunity for the student to develop professionalism in delivering services to a variety of patients who benefit from therapeutic recreation services. McKay Dee Behavioral Health has comprehensive, active, and diverse program structure serving a wide variety of persons with mental illness and behavioral health concerns.
Completion of cover letter and resume to TR internship supervisor.
Compliance with all Intermountain Healthcare McKay-Dee student training criteria and specific paperwork through the Education Department.
Compliance with any and all paperwork required by the college or university.
Satisfactory completion of internship interview.
Two letters of recommendation.
Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule to include any combination of days, evenings, and weekends as needed by McKay Dee Behavioral Health.
July 1st for Fall
Jenna Spendlove TRS, CTRS
New Haven Internships
New Haven is a residential treatment center for adolescent girls that focuses on effecting change within the family system. Students at New Haven deal with a variety of issues, including sexual trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, attachment, and eating disorders. Recreational Therapy (RT) at New Haven is an integral part of the students’ journey, and focuses on providing our students opportunities to serve, leisure education, and experiential tasks. Each student participates in RT four times a week, with each group lasting an hour and a half. In these groups, we focus heavily on processing, and drawing parallels between the students’ behaviors inside and outside of group. We also provide two adventure days a month, where we take the girls off campus for an extended leisure opportunity, including kayaking, hiking, aerial arts, dance, swimming, etc. New Haven currently employs three full-time CTRS’s. If you are looking for an internship where relationships, family systems, and processing are key, New Haven is the right place for you!
Monday-Friday 9-6 Every other Saturday 9-12
August 1, 2018
Saratoga Springs or Spanish Fork
Recovery Ways Internships
We have organized our internship so as to provide a variety of learning opportunities with clients, coworkers and other professionals. Your internship experience will include exposure to all areas of the NCTRC Job Analysis, introduction to our RT services, involvement in our program and an introduction to a variety of diagnoses. We will also involve you in professional opportunities and affiliations that can assist you in future networking. At Recovery Ways, you will be exposed to the day-to-day realities of the treatment of adults (18+) with drug and/or alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorders. You will be required to attend weekly team meetings, treatment team meetings, daily recreation therapy groups, leisure education, service, experiential groups, and family programming.
Completion of university recreation therapy classes
Completed internship application
Ability to work full time (including some Saturdays)
Application Email / Phone / URL:
Salt Lake County Youth Services Internships
Ready to dive into a resilience theory based recreation therapy program? Interested in serving youth ages 0-18 who have experienced abuse and/or neglect or who are working with other risk factors in their lives in both emergency shelter and outpatient settings? Excited to contribute to a vibrant program that's always growing? This is the place for you.
For over 40 years, Youth Services has been serving youth and their families in the Greater Salt Lake area.
Our humble beginning included a few offices for our free counseling services and a small home as our shelter for abused and neglected youth. Over the years we have expanded to include shelter care for youth from birth to age 18, counseling, substance abuse and mental health services, afterschool programming, job training skills, around the clock availability and crisis therapy and extended services for young adult’s ages 18-22.
To provide children, youth and families in crisis with immediate safety, shelter and support.
Though we have grown, our overall goal has remained the same: to improve the lives of youth and their families. Whether a youth is with us one day, a month or more, our goal is to make an impact in their life.
Our wide range of services extend throughout the valley and include our office in West Jordan which is a Juvenile Receiving Center and offers substance abuse day treatment, and our Afterschool Programs in Kearns, Magna, West Valley City, and Millcreek.
Juvenile Receiving Center
The Crisis Care Program
The Shelter Care Program
The Prism GSA Club
The Milestone Transitional Living Program
The Prevention Program
Substance Abuse Treatment
The first step toward an internship at Youth Services is to complete the internship application and return it with your cover letter, resume and two letters of reference. Please send these items to my email: email@example.com
After reviewing your information, I will contact you and discuss the status of your application.
If you have further questions concerning the internship process or questions about our agency I can be contacted at 385-468-4449.
Southern Utah Veterans Home Internships
At the Southern Utah Veterans Home we strive to provide meaningful and evidence based interventions for the veterans of Southern Utah. As an intern, not only will you get to be a part of a great Recreation Therapy team, you will learn about the APIE process through a hands on approach. You will be expected to plan and facilitate groups, complete assessments, participate in clinical supervision under a CTRS and work as a part of the interdisciplinary team. At the Southern Utah Veterans Home you will not be "just an intern". You will be an integral part of a team whose goal is to provide Recreation Therapy services to improve the well-being of our nation's finest. Internship is full-time and unpaid.
Candidate must be eligible through their university’s Recreation Therapy department and meet NCTRC minimum requirements for an internship. No experience in long-term care needed.
May 1, 2020
Email Lorielle Record - firstname.lastname@example.org for application instructions.
VA Salt Lake City Internships
Our mission is “to serve the veteran who served us”. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS) is committed to providing our patients with the highest Quality of Care in an environment that is safe.
Internships with Recreation therapy Services at the VASLCHCS offer students opportunities to work with one of four recreation therapist working with the following Veteran populations: homelessness, in-patient mental health, physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R), and substance abuse.
Contact us for more details if you are interested in working with Veterans within the recreation therapy department at the VASLCHCS. This is an unpaid internship.
Varies by semester–year round internships available
Contact Kristen MacGilvery for application.
801-582-1565; ext. 1805
Salt Lake City, UT
Youth Care Internships
Our residential treatment programs include an extensive recreation therapy program designed to help students have successful experiences through physical, cultural and social accomplishments. While at Youth Care in Utah, students learn to use their community as a resource. Students build self-esteem as they try new activities in our programs such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or indoor climbing. Recreation therapy programs provide students with the opportunity to learn problem-solving, teamwork, communication skills, and trust.
Our recreation program also includes service-based activities each week. During these times, students can be seen serving food to the homeless or filling shelves at the food bank. Such community service programs help students develop empathy for and an understanding of others. Additionally, while participating in recreation programs, students work on appropriate social skills, communications skills, coping skills and interpersonal skills as well as develop new talents. In our recreation program, students participate in structured recreation therapy as well as outdoor adventures and cultural experiences.
Our proximity to many and varied sites of historic, recreational and ecological significance, as well as Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and many performing art theaters allow a broad and interesting therapeutic environment. The Recreation Therapy program at Youth Care is overseen by nationally certified and state licensed recreation therapists.
The goal of all recreation therapy programming at Youth Care is to increase a student’s ability to regulate their emotions and their distress tolerance skills. Interventions focus on these core skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and teach skills in an experiential setting. This allows students to not only receive an understanding of the skill, but to actually gain hands-on experience using the skill.
Pass a drug screen and background check
Be a senior in an accredited recreation therapy program
Complete necessary paperwork
Nicole Hasson - email@example.com; 801-367-6068
If interested, please send resume to Nicole Hasson CTRS.
Behavioral Health Center Internships
Take note this internship is located in Idaho Falls, ID.
Recreation Therapy Internship at the Behavioral Health Center. 14 weeks/560 hours. Full-time, unpaid experience. Work with adults and adolescents in acute and residential mental health. Apply skills learned in university coursework. Develop competence in all job tasks of a Recreation Therapist. Experience the therapeutic recreation process. Become a practicing member of the interdisciplinary treatment team.
Go to eirmc.com/professionals/bhc-internship.dot to get the application. Please be sure to submit all parts of the application. You will not be considered for an internship until we receive every part of the application. You may send separate sections as you complete them or send the entire application all at once, it’s up to you. Please use a .pdf format when emailing. Ensure all documents are legible look professional. You may need to follow up with individuals who are writing letters of recommendation for you – waiting for these letters has held up applications in the past.
1. Cover letter, including:
a. Preferred start date – which internship are you applying for?
b. Which university are you attending?
c. What is your field of study?
d. What is your anticipated graduation date?
e. Who is your internship supervisor? Include their contact information.
f. How did you hear about the internship?
g. Why are you interested in an internship in the field of mental health?
h. Anything else you think we need to know about you
2. Current resume:
a. Contact info, including current mailing address
b. Work or volunteer experience – describe duties, population served
c. Field work (internship) experiences – describe duties, population served
3. Essay Questions (see online). Please respond to all 12 items.
4. Two letters of recommendation (both professional). Please have the professional send signed letters to the BHC or email letters directly to the BHC.
5. Official transcripts to verify the completed coursework.
6. Provide a class schedule or some other indication of classes you are currently enrolled in that include required coursework.
7. A copy of your university’s Internship Course Description including the following:
a. evaluation forms required by school program
b. list of special assignments or project requirements as outlined by your school
8. Any additional forms required by the university in order to approve the internship site.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Wyoming State Hospital Internships
Take note this internship is located in Evanston, Wyoming.
Under the supervision and guidance of a seasoned CTRS, students will have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of Recreation Therapy at Wyoming’s only state psychiatric facility. Students become part of the multidisciplinary treatment team, develop programming, complete assessments, gain experience with an electronic patient medical record, facilitate groups and gain valuable experience in a mental heath setting, with a wide variety of clientele. Interns will be prepared to be entry-level practitioners at the completion of the 15 week experience.
*Completed educational requirements which meet NCTRC standards for certification.
*Must pass background check and drug screening.
*Be willing to complete 15 consecutive weeks of training.
Kathy Argyle, CTRS