What is the Phase III Internship?
The internship gives students a practical, in-depth experience in the professional field they plan to enter. During Phase III, students enroll in RECR 472 (Internship II) for 12 hours of credit during summer quarter.
Once students select an internship site and complete the Internship Agreement, they report to the agency and work under agency supervision for an agreed period of time. For all students, except those who are pursuing the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) concentration, the internships must last for a minimum of 10 weeks where they will accumulate 400 hours of work. For students in the TR concentration, students must complete an internship that lasts for a minimum of 14 weeks, where they accumulate 560 hours of work. Supervision of the intern's experience is coordinated jointly by the participating agency and the university faculty advisor.
Resources to Help You Locate an Internship
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Internship Documents for Community, Outdoor, and Sustainable Tourism concentrations
Documents to be used while preparing for the internship:
- Student Internship Information and Checklist (for student)
- Agency Internship Information and Planning Form (for internship agency)
- Internship Agreement Form (to be signed by student, agency supervisor, and faculty advisor)
Reports & evaluation forms to be completed during the internship:
Internship Documents for Therapeutic Recreation concentration
Documents to be used while preparing for the TR internship:
- TR Internship Agreement Form (to be signed by student, internship agency and faculty advisor)
- TR Internship Goals & Objectives (to be signed by student and internship agency)
Reports & evaluation forms to be completed during the TR internship:
Medical Malpractice Insurance for TR Internships
Western’s Student Medical Malpractice Insurance Program insures the professional liability (and general liability) of Western students who furnish mental and physical healthcare-related professional services during internship or field experience work as required under a related degree curriculum. Students must be enrolled and engaged in an internship or field experience course, or any of the student’s related degree curriculum courses, at the time of internship or field experience work. The cost for this insurance is a flat fee of $16 for 12 months of coverage from the date the fee is paid. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the premium is paid and coverage is current.
As a requirement of the major, 240 fieldwork hours must be completed prior to beginning your internship. (Therapeutic Recreation students only need to complete 100 fieldwork hours, as their internships are 14 weeks long instead of ten.)