Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Internship Information

The undergraduate internship is a culminating experience for outstanding student success. This educational experience is to be at a minimum 12 weeks full time and serves to provide opportunities for practical application of classroom knowledge. Students are enrolled in 12 academic credits of coursework. Educational assessments and outcomes are outlined in the internship manual.

In accordance with guidance shared by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) on March 24, 2020, the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration at Western Illinois University has made revisions to its undergraduate internship requirements for the Spring and Summer 2021 semesters.

While the department will comply with Standard 7.04 requiring a comprehensive internship of no less than 10 weeks and 400 hours at one agency whenever possible, it recognizes that changes brought on by COVID-19 may result in students needing to complete internships remotely, with more than one agency, and/or with a combination of face-to-face and remote opportunities and more than one agency.

On March 24, 2020, the faculty of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration voted unanimously to grant the undergraduate internship coordinator latitude in working with students to complete the internships in ways that were in accordance with the spirit of the COAPRT Standards.

 When necessary, and with the permission of the undergraduate internship coordinator, students will be allowed to work with more than one agency, to work remotely, and/or to complete special projects in lieu of hours approved by the undergraduate internship coordinator. Students pursuing an internship in therapeutic recreation should also contact Julie Eggleston, Therapeutic Recreation minor advisor, as the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) requirements are different.  All students are still required to submit required reports as well as mid-internship, and final evaluations completed by the agencies with whom they are interning.

 In accordance with the recommendations approved by the faculty, the graduate internship coordinator will also ascribe to these guidelines for students completing RPTA 603.

In addition to posting this on the departmental website, students received this notice via email.

Should you have questions on the internship program please contact Internship Coordinator, Dr. Minsun Doh, at or 309-298-1967.

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