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An internship is required for Outdoor, Recreation, Tourism and Event Management majors and is designed to be a culminating experience in which students put into practice what they have learned. REC 450 undergraduate internship (12 credits) is 12 weeks with a minimum of 40 hours per week. REC 700 graduate internship is 6 credits for a minimum number of 420 hours, working either part-time or full-time. The time frame for the internship typically begins one week before courses begin. The internship should encompass all of the following areas:

  • Programming
  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Facility Operations & Maintenance
  • Budgeting & Financial Management

Interns will receive a letter grade for their internship experience. They are responsible for the following throughout the internship:

  • Written biweekly reports
  • Major project outline
  • Major project
  • Final site evaluation

Additionally, the student is responsible for the internship site supervisor submitting a midterm and final evaluation.

Interns within a 125-mile radius of La Crosse will receive a visit from his or her faculty advisor. Students outside the 125-mile radius will communicate with the advisor by telephone and other electronic means.

For more information on our internship program, prospective internship sites are welcome to contact the Internship Coordinator.

Contact Information:

Jon Evans, M.S.
Internship Coordinator
Assistant Teaching Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation
2042 Health Science Center
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Office: 608.785.8209
Fax: 608.785.8206