Going further, doing more

General Overview

  • 15 week full time internship
  • Supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
  • Helps the individual transition from student to professional
  • Helps the individual develop applied professional competence

Specifics concerning the TR internship

General Guidelines

  • The internship experience is a fifteen-week, and 600 hour field placement between the student, an approved agency site with a CTRS supervisor, and a university supervisor who is a CTRS and faculty member.
  • The purpose of the experience is to develop interns' competence in the job tasks of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist as a sitting requirement for  NCTRC's certification examination.

Information for Agencies Who Want To Become An Approved Site

  • If you desire to supervise UW-La Crosse TR interns, please complete the  Internship Site Questionnaire  after you contact Tara DeLong, Internship Coordinator to see if you meet preliminary requirements (at least two full-time CTRSs who have been in their position for two years or more, comprehensive program delivery, evidence of active involvement in professional organizations, and a planned arrangement to provide daily or weekly clinical supervision to interns beyond managerial supervision.)
  • To inquire about exceptions to these requirements, receive material for designing an internship program, or to become an approved site, contact  
    Tara DeLong.
  • Upon faculty acceptance of the application, an affiliation agreement must be negotiated. The RMTR Department provides this standard affiliation agreement but will negotiate agency-derived agreements pending the UW-La Crosse risk manager's review.

Information for Prospective Interns

  • Students learn procedures and etiquette for securing internships in RTH 496 Orientation To Internship.
  • Each student applies to approved sites that match their interest in populations/settings, and secures a student contract.
  • Upon acceptance by an approved agency site, students complete the RTH 498 Internship Contract or RTH 700 Internship Contract. Signed contracts are forwarded to the Internship Coordinator, for review.

For more information about internship procedures, please contact Tara DeLong at 608.785.8203 or by email .