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Students complete a 400-600 hour internship in the final semester of their senior year as a requirement for graduation from the program. This is a work-study course supervised by a faculty member and internship site coordinator. Students are expected to apply knowledge gained through coursework to real-life situations. The internship site must meet certain criteria and be approved by the faculty coordinator in advance. Refer to the Internship Website linked below for detailed information. Students will complete Professional Development in Recreation (RECR 4630) in preparation for the internship program.

Georgia Southern graduates have been very successful in securing employment opportunities in RTM and advancing within parks, recreation and tourism careers. Alumni of the University’s RTM program include directors and superintendents of many regional and state park systems nationwide. Examples include Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resource, Director of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, and the Executive Director of the Georgia Recreation and Park Association. The network of Georgia Southern University graduates working throughout the state and the nation provides a tremendous resource for job and internship placement.

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Available Internship Highlight

Recent Internship Locations

American Conservation Experience
Army Corps of Engineers; B. Everett Jordam Lake
Bainbridge Decatur County Parks & Recreation
Bill Cody Ranch
Bluewater Bay Marina
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Bulloch Country Recreation Dept.
Butler-Mason YMCA
Camp Twin Lakes
Campus Outreach
Cape Eleuthera Institute
Carolina Point
City of Decatur Children and Youth Services
Clyde Venue-Savannah
Dalton Park and Recreaton Dept.
Driftwood Environmental Education Center
Falling Creek Camp
GA 4H Jekyll Island
GA National Fairgrounds and Agricenter
GA State Parks; Ft. Yargo
Georgia Cooperative Extension – Tifton
Green River Preserve
GS Center for Wildlife Education
Hardeeville Park and Recreation Dept.
High Trails Outdoor Science School
Holiday Inn
J Strom Thurmond Lake & Dam
LRT Sports
Macon Bibb County Recreation
Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences
Magnolia Spring State Park
Marriott Park City
Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch
Montana State Parks
N. Augusta Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Dept.
National Park Service
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Resort Rentals
Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau
Skipstone Adventures
South Bryan Park and Recreation Dept.
Student Conservation Association
Summit Meadows Adventures*
The Georgia Conservancy
Tormenta FC
UGA Cooperative Extension
University Nevada Las Vegas Athletic Dept
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Forest Service; Boundary Waters
Vail Resorts
Walking Mountains Science Center
YMCA of the Rockies
Young Life Windy Gap

Internship Scholarship Program

About the Scholarship

The Internship Scholarship Program (ISP), offered by the Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD), provides scholarships for career-related internships. Beginning in Summer 2019, the OCPD has provided unrestricted awards of up to $3,000 to offset the cost of professional internships that provide minimal or no compensation. Starting in Fall 2022, these internship scholarships will be available to students every academic semester.

  • Must be an undergraduate student in good standing and completed at least 30 credit hours, or a graduate student in good standing.
  • Plan to complete and have secured an internship that is at least six weeks in length and a minimum of 240 hours.
  • The internship meets NACE internship guidelines.
  • Must not have received an ISP award previously.

Applications will include the following:

  • Application via Google Form
  • Résumé
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation
  • An estimated budget of how scholarship money would be used; click here for a sample budget spreadsheet
  • WINGS Financial Aid award information (screenshots are allowed)

Last updated: 8/23/2023