Therapeutic Recreation

General Information
Internships for Therapeutic Recreation Students


Therapeutic Recreation students who wish to complete an Advanced Fieldwork or Internship experience need to:

  1. Download and read the Therapeutic Recreation Internship Manual.
  2. Download the Application for Internship or Advanced Fieldwork Form and the GPA Calculator Spreadsheet. Follow the procedures for filling out the form and then submit this form to the RLS Internship Coordinator.
  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 advisor 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 TR Site Acceptance Form, fill in the necessary information, and then send the form to the site supervisor to complete.
  6. Once the RLS Internship Coordinator has received the site acceptance form from the site, they will notify you that you need to complete the TR Student Placement Form. Note that ALL information on this form (except for the signatures) must be typed.
  7. Upon confirmation of your placement, complete the TR Internship Requirements Checklist based on your start and end dates, and submit it to the Internship Coordinator.
  8. Once you are at your agency, please complete the Student Information Form and send it to your faculty internship supervisor by the end of the first week of your placement.
  9. Submit your Midterm Evaluation and Final Evaluation to your faculty internship supervisor at the appropriate due dates.

NCTRC Internship Standards Please be certain your internship placement conforms with National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification internship standards.

If you have any questions about the procedures and/or forms, please contact the RLS Internship Coordinator.


The following courses are offered for Therapeutic Recreation Majors. You will need to indicate which course you will be registering for on the Student Placement Form.

Advanced Fieldwork

Credits: 9

  • A grade of B- or less in RLS 24800
  • Permission of department chair

Internship in Recreation & Leisure Studies

Credits: 9-12

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Minimum GPA in RLS courses of 2.50
  • Minimum 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

Department Contacts

Dr. Jan Monroe, CTRS
Internship Coordinator and Chair

Michelle Lang
RLS Administrative Assistant

Important Due Dates

NOTE TO TR MAJORS: A legal affiliation contract needs to be in place between the agency and Ithaca College before you can start your internship. If a contract with your preferred placement doesn’t exist, you’ll 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.

Application for Internship/GPA Calculator: F, 9/21/18
Agency Acceptance Form: F, 11/9/18
Student Placement Form: F, 11/30/18

Application for Internship/GPA Calculator: F, 11/16/18
Agency Acceptance Form: F, 4/5/19
Student Placement Form: F, 4/19/19

Application for Internship/GPA Calculator: F, 2/1/19
Agency Acceptance Form: F, 4/19/19
Student Placement Form: F, 5/3/19

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