Current Student Information
- Internship Manual Appendix 1 Checksheet
- Internship Manual Appendix 2 Internship Eligibility
- Internship Manual Appendix 3 GMU Consent Agreement
- Internship Manual Appendix 4 Site Confirmation
- Internship Manual Appendix 5 GMU Experiential Learning Agreement
- Internship Manual Appendix 6 Weekly Progress Report
- Internship Manual Appendix 7 Performance Evaluation Midpoint and Final
- Internship Manual Appendix 8 Special Project Proposal
- Internship Manual Appendix 9 Rubrics: Weekly Report, Special Project, and Portfolio
- Internship Manual Appendix 10 Portfolio Guidelines
- Internship Manual Appendix 11 Student Internship Evaluation
Recent Recreation Management: Parks and Outdoor Recreation Concentration Advising Sheets
- Advising Sheet 2018-19, POR
- Advising Sheet 2017-18, POR
- Advising Sheet 2016-17, POR
- Advising Sheet 2015-16, POR
- Advising Sheet 2014-15, POR
Recent Recreation Management: Therapeutic Recreation Concentration Advising Sheets
Paid and volunteer fieldwork positions are great ways to gain a perspective on the many avenues one may choose within the Recreation Management profession. Students in the Recreation Management concentration complete a practicum followed by a full-time capstone internship. These real-world opportunities allow exploration of specific interests while providing opportunities for resume building.
PRLS 241 – Practicum
The practicum provides students with an entry-level guided work experience in the field of Recreation Management. Students complete 120 hours over a minimum of 10-12 weeks during the semester. A variety of practicum sites exist to match student interests, including the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, The Edge, Aquatic and Fitness Center, Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, and the Mason LIFE program.
After registering for PRLS 241 contact Dr. Brenda Wiggins, email@example.com for site selection and approval.
PRLS 490 – Recreation Management Internship
Completed during the last semester. Interns will network with outstanding professionals, undertake tasks that allow them to independently apply their university coursework to real-life situations, and complete a project at their site. This experience helps seniors launch their professional careers, making them a more valuable asset to any hiring organization.
In the semester prior to beginning the internship, the mandatory internship orientation must be attended for information about navigating the internship. Both the site and university approvals must be completed prior to interning. All forms can be found in the Recreation Management Internship Manual. Until such forms are processed, interns will not be able to register for PRLS 490 on patriotweb.
Note: Failure to complete the mandatory internship orientation session will make a student ineligible to complete their internship during the applicable semester.
After completing the paperwork, the faculty supervisor will open the course for interns to register for PRLS 490, and only one other course may be taken during that semester. Senior standing is required (90 credits completed) as well as satisfactory completion of all other coursework. Interns are supervised directly by professionals, who communicate regularly with the intern's faculty supervisor.
For inquiries regarding Recreation Management Internships contact the Internship Coordinator Dr. Brenda Wiggins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recreation Management: Parks and Outdoor Recreation Students
Students will intern 30 hours per week at a pre-approved site for a minimum of 480 hours over 16 consecutive weeks in the semester.
Recreation Management: Therapeutic Recreation Students
Students will intern 35 hours per week at a pre-approved site supervised by a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) for a minimum of 560 hours over 16 consecutive weeks in the semester.
The web links below may be of interest for students and professionals needing ready access to information or contacts in the field. State, national, and international professional associations are also listed.
General Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies
- "Collaboration in the Time of Pandemic", a companion article in the national Parks and Recreation magazine for May 2020
- "The Importance of Collaboration During COVID-19" — May 2020 bonus episode for "Collaboration in the Time of Pandemic"
World Leisure and Recreation Association (WLRA)
Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Management
Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR)
National Association for Interpretation (NAI)
George Wright Society
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Wilderness Education Association (WEA)
American Camp Association (ACA)
North American Association for Environmental Education
The Student Conservation Association