Therapeutic Recreation Internships

Burlington Parks and Recreation is a community based setting where students can work to earn TR internship hours.  Interns will work under the direct supervision of Burlington Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Emma Jones. CTRS.  TR interns will assist in performing a variety of complex professional and administrative work in planning, developing, organizing, scheduling, directing and implementing accessible recreational, social and cultural programs for all ages and abilities.  

Desired Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Must be a student from an accredited college or university in Therapeutic Recreation and planning to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) 
  • Skill with personal computer including: word processing, excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint, copy and fax machine 
  • Ability to learn and use recreational software used by the department 
  • CORI/SORI checks to be conducted Handle with Care, Epi Pen, First Aid, AED and Adult, Child and Infant CPR certifications required (will train if needed) 
  • Must have reliable transportation 

Internship Program Objectives:

This internship program will provide students with opportunities to:

  • Apply in practice the knowledge and skills acquired in the academic setting  
  • Gain knowledge of particular leisure service delivery systems through the use of the APIE process   
  • Test and enhance leadership and basic supervisory skills   
  • Become familiar with the leisure needs and interests of individuals and groups, including groups with varying abilities   
  • Function as recreation professionals and articulate professional philosophies and attitudes for the delivery of recreation and leisure services for participants of all abilities   
  • Advocate and raise awareness of therapeutic recreation services/programs within the community  
  • Collaborate and work with administrators, program staff and volunteers involved with recreation programs   
  • Plan for future therapeutic recreation programs and manage present program offerings  
  • Refine oral and written communication skills  
  • Enhance critical thinking and analytic skills  
  • Utilize and refine problem solving skills  
  • Apply and enhance technological competence

Please contact Emma Jones if you are interested in learning more about this internship opportunity.

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