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.
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.
|Camp Twin Lakes
|Cape Eleuthera Institute
|City of Decatur Children and Youth Services
|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
|J Strom Thurmond Lake & Dam
|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
|Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau
|South Bryan Park and Recreation Dept.
|Student Conservation Association
|Summit Meadows Adventures*
|The Georgia Conservancy
|UGA Cooperative Extension
|University Nevada Las Vegas Athletic Dept
|US Army Corps of Engineers
|US Forest Service; Boundary Waters
|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
- 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