Therapeutic Recreation Internship Opportunities

Therapeutic Recreation Internship Opportunities


The Bend Park and Recreation District offers undergraduate and graduate internships in therapeutic recreation under the supervision of two Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.

Internships are offered during the Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer semesters. Our internships are 14-16 weeks and interns will be required to work 40 hours/week with some overnight trips.

The intern experience will include:

  • Hands-on experience with specialized , inclusive, and adapted recreation programs
  • Exposure to a wide range of physical and intellectual disabilities
  • Exposure to the therapeutic recreation process
  • Exposure to various recreation administration duties (e.g., outreach, fundraising, budgeting, marketing, etc)
  • Training in most park and recreation program areas (youth, adult, outdoor, senior)
  • Experience a wide variety of activities such as adapted skiing, rafting, kayaking, creative arts and exploring Central Oregon’s landscape.

See the BPRD Intern Handbook for more details.

Intern Benefits:

  • $50/week Stipend
  • Housing in 2 bedroom house
  • Discounted  district programs
  • Juniper Swim and Fitness Pass
  • Liability Insurance

Intern Requirements:

  • Current First Aid/CPR
  • A clean criminal background
  • Valid driver’s license with 5 year driving record
  • Experience working with people with disabilities

Application Process

  • Fall Internship Applications coming soon

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Internships: June 1st
  • Winter/Spring Internships: October 1st
  • Summer Internships: February 1st

For more information, contact Cheryl Kelley, TR Program Coordinator (541) 706-6121,

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