Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Internships & Careers

The Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies supports the career development of all majors. The department values career assessment and advising, career exploration, and growth through experiential learning and internships.

Internships

What is an internship?

Internships are an important part of a student’s professional development. An internship refers to an experience outside the classroom that enables you to develop skills and gain supervised practical experience related to your academic or career interests. A well-researched and planned internship will provide exposure to professional settings and contacts to help you develop or enhance valuable skills, and ultimately provide an opportunity which can lead to thoughtful career decision making. Some internships are completed for academic credit, while others are simply done for experience.

Counting an internship for academic credit

Each department and program within the School of Public Health has its own unique requirements for internships to count for academic credit. This is based on specific degree requirements. Please access the Internship Portal (login with your IU username and password) to review your program or department’s specific steps and requirements. The Internship Portal also includes a list of internships that students have completed in their majors to help you gain a better understanding of what internship experiences are possible.

Who should I contact in the department to get started?

Each department has one or more individuals who coordinate internships. You can contact the point person listed below to get started.

Julie Knapp Julia Knapp, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor and RPTS Career and Internship Coordinator
SPH 133
Email: julknapp@indiana.edu
Julie Knapp Jared Allsop, M.S.
Lecturer and Recreational Therapy Internship Coordinator                                  
SPH 133
Email: jallsop@indiana.edu
Special Resources

1.  General Recreation/Misc.

2. YMCAs/YWCAs/Girls Inc./Boys and Girls Clubs/JCCs:

3. Military Recreation Sites:

4. Sport Related Sites:

5. Sport Stadiums/Convention Centers:

6. Tourism/Resorts/Hospitality Sites:

7. Convention and Visitors Bureaus/Event Planning/Festivals/Amusement Parks Sites:

 8. Outdoor Recreation/Adventure/Experiential Education:

How to find an internship?

In addition to working with your departmental internship coordinator to arrange academic credit for your internship experience, the School of Public Health Office of Career Services can assist with your internship search process.  Career Services professionals work with you to build an internship search strategy, develop your application materials, and prepare for interviews. Ultimately, it is up to you to secure your own internship. Other departments and programs may also provide assistance in this process.

Careers

Students can visit the Office of Career Services in the School of Public Health to seek assistance with all aspects of career planning.

The School of Public Health Office of Career Services can assist you as you navigate your career decision making process and work toward your career goals. Career advisors are available for one-on-one appointments to discuss a variety of career related topics including:

  • Career Exploration and Self-Assessment
  • Internship and Job Search Strategies
  • Identifying and Applying for Graduate/Professional Schools
  • Developing and Perfecting Resumes, Curricula Vitae,  and Cover Letters
  • Developing Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose
  • Interview Preparation
  • Job Offer Evaluation and Negotiation
  • Networking and Professionalism

An extensive list of job boards, categorized by industry, is also available for your use.

Additionally, the Office of Career Services offers workshops, career fairs, and many online resources to help you achieve your career goals. We encourage you to take advantage of the wealth of resources and opportunities the Office of Career Services has to offer.

To begin working with a career advisor, please make an appointment.