Preparing for the Future
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management requires all undergraduate students to complete a 10-week internship experience prior to graduation. We believe our students are better prepared for employment and expand their career opportunities when they experience learning in and out of the classroom.
Through these immersive professional experiences, students gain skills in program development, administrative procedures, supervision, and facility operation and maintenance. Our students also develop essential contacts in the field and increase their understanding of the area in which they are studying.
Prior to the internship, students complete a professional development course focused on resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, networking with professionals, and utilizing social media. Our students can then complete their internship requirement during the fall, spring or summer, depending on their curriculum. These experiences take place in a wide range of settings, including private companies, nonprofit organizations and state and federal government agencies.Browse internship opportunities
Internships Lead to Jobs
Approximately 58 percent of all graduating seniors who had an internship received a job offer in 2019.National Association of Colleges and Employers
How To Apply For An Internship
We know applying for an internship can be challenging while completing coursework and preparing for exams. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through our department’s process.
- Successfully complete PRT 375 in the fall semester prior to your internship experience.
- Access the internship files in Biltmore 4012 and search prospective internship agency listings.
- Identify and contact potential internship agencies.
- Negotiate the internship experience with your selected agency and complete an internship work plan. Your plan should provide details about the agency and the specific areas you will be assigned to, with some reference to the amount of time and/or percentage of internship allotted to each area.
- Schedule a meeting with the department’s internship coordinator to obtain approval of your work plan, confirm the internship location and agree on any special considerations or additional contacts with the selected internship agency.
- Complete internship agreement form.
- Register to complete the PRT 475 course (8 hours) during the semester in which you complete your internship.
- A faculty supervisor will be assigned to you throughout your internship and will contact you regarding your departmental responsibilities during your internship. If you do not hear from your supervisor, you should be proactive and contact them. Faculty members who are supervising interns receive their student assignments in mid- to late-May for summer internships. Be sure to look at your expected responsibilities and examples of your required reports as outlined in the internship manual.
All Internships forms can be viewed and downloaded from this Google Drive Folder.
Internships Important Dates
Spring Interns Important Dates
- Meet with Martha Brown by 11/6/2020.
- Submit your Plan of Work and the Agency Agreement Form to Martha Brown by 1/8/21.
Summer Interns Important Dates
- Meet with Martha Brown between 2/8/21 and 4/30/21.
- Submit Plan of Work and the Agency Agreement Form to Martha Brown by 5/7/21.
- Mandatory Summer Intern Meeting Dates will be posted in the spring.
Fall Interns Important Dates
- Meet or Email with Martha Brown.
- Submit your Plan of Work and the Agency Agreement Form to Martha Brown.
Meet Our Students
Student Brings Lawmakers and Veterans Together Outdoors
Matthew Arevian, a U.S. Army Captain and current graduate student in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program, is connecting his fellow comrades with nature as a way to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder after deployments.
Graduation to Vocation: Traveling the World to Educate
Cashie Naylor, a recent graduate of the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program, is pursuing a career in educational tourism with the EF High School Exchange Year in New York City.