Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Hands-on experiences to complement your classroom learning.


The following courses are offered for Outdoor Adventure Leadership majors. You must indicate which course you will be registering for on the Student Placement Form.

Internship in Recreation & Leisure Studies

Credits: 8-11

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50 in RLS courses
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 in RLS-24800
  • Completion of at least 24 credits of required RLS courses and 6 credits of recreation electives
  • Approval of department chair

Advanced Fieldwork

Credits: 8

Students must have completed at least 24 credits of required RLS courses and 6 credits of recreation electives. If any of the following apply, however, students will need to enroll in Advanced Fieldwork (instead of Internship), which requires students to intern within 200 miles of Ithaca College to receive closer faculty supervision:

  • A grade of B- or less in RLS 24800
  • Cumulative GPA of less than 2.00
  • GPA in RLS courses of less than 2.50

Permission of department chair required.

    Important Due Dates

    Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies


    IMPORTANT NOTE: A legal affiliation contract must be in place between the agency and Ithaca College before you can start your internship. If a contract with your preferred placement does not exist, you will need to submit your Site Acceptance Form several weeks, or even a month or two, earlier than these due dates so a contract can be arranged. Be aware that developing a contract may take from six months to a year.

    Important Due Dates

    Summer 2022 Internship

    Application for Internship/GPA Calculator: Friday, 2/18/2022
    Agency Acceptance Form: Friday, 4/8/2022
    Student Placement Form: Friday, 4/22/2022

     Fall 2022 Internship

    Application for Internship/GPA Calculator: Friday, 3/18/2022
    Agency Acceptance Form: Friday, 4/22/2022
    Student Placement Form: Friday, 5/13/2022

    Spring 2023 Internship

    Application for Internship/GPA Calculator: Friday, 9/23/2022
    Agency Acceptance Form: Friday, 11/11/2022
    Student Placement Form: Friday, 11/25/2022

    If these deadlines are not met, the student will need to wait until the following semester to complete their internship.

    NOTE: Please send all materials and correspondence to Jessie Kanowitz-Tonjes at jkanowitz@ithaca.edu.

    Steps to Complete Advanced Fieldwork or Internship

    1. Download and read the Internship & Advanced Fieldwork Manual for OAL majors.

    file-outline OAL Internship Manual 10-2019.pdf - OAL Internship Manual 10-2019.pdf (4.47 MB)

    2. Download the Application for Internship or Advanced Fieldwork Form and the GPA Calculator Spreadsheet. Follow the procedures for filling out the form as stated in the guidelines. This form then needs to be submitted to the RLS Internship Coordinator.

    file-outline OAL Application.docx - OAL Application.docx (20.76 KB)
    file-outline OAL GPA Calculator.xlsx - OAL GPA Calculator.xlsx (17.64 KB)

    3. Once approved you will receive an e-mail requesting that you set up a meeting with the RLS Internship Coordinator.

    4. In consultation with your academic adviser and the RLS Internship Coordinator, begin researching potential sites.

    5. Once a site has been identified and approved by the RLS Internship Coordinator, download the OAL Site Acceptance Form, fill in the top portion of page 1, and then send the form to the site supervisor to complete.

    file-outline OAL Site Acceptance Form.docx - oal-site-acceptance-form_2-2_0.docx (55.74 KB)

    6. Once the RLS Internship Coordinator has received the Site Acceptance Form from the site, you will need to complete the OAL Student Placement Form (using this link).

    7. Upon confirmation of your placement, complete the Internship Requirements Checklist based on your start and end dates, and submit it to the Internship Coordinator.

    file-outline OAL Internship Requirements Checklist .docx - OAL Internship Requirements Checklist .docx (16.56 KB)

    8. By the end of the first week you are actually on site, complete the Student Information Form and return it to your Faculty Supervisor.

    file-outline OAL Student Information Form.docx - OAL Student Information Form.docx (32.83 KB)

    9. Submit to the Faculty Supervisor both a Midterm Evaluation Form and a Final Evaluation Form, completed by your agency supervisor with comments provided by you, at the appropriate mid-point and end of your internship.

    file-outline OAL Midterm Evaluation_0.docx - OAL Midterm Evaluation_0.docx (27.23 KB)
    file-outline OAL Final Evaluation_0.docx - OAL Final Evaluation_0.docx (27.67 KB)

    10. Complete the Department of RLS Internship Agency Evaluation Form and submit it to your Ithaca College internship supervisor.

    file-outline Internship Agency Evaluation.docx - Internship Agency Evaluation.docx (13.55 KB)


    Jessie Kanowitz-Tonjes

    RLS Internship Coordinator

    G46 Hill Center

    Ithaca College

    953 Danby Road

    Ithaca, NY 14850