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Internship and Practicum Overview

UREC's Internship and Practicum program is designed to complement your classroom instruction with practical learning experiences. Opportunities are available for the Fall, Spring, and Summer. All majors are welcome.

As you browse these different opportunities, you are encouraged to be creative in your thoughts as to how this program can meet your individual goals, while fulfilling your academic requirements. It is also important to understand that this is a mutually beneficial relationship that requires a pre-determined level of commitment on the part of both the student and the supervisor. Once you have made a commitment to enter the program and complete your learning contract, you will have the support of all of us here at UREC to help you be productive and successful. Additional benefits include an on-site supervisor, professional development sessions, and UREC orientation. 

Please note UREC practicum and internship experiences are NOT student employment at UREC. Practicum and internship experiences are completed for class credit as a part of an academic program over the course of one semester. If you are interested in applying for paid student employment at UREC, please visit the UREC Student Employment page. If you are a current UREC student employee interested in a practicum or internship, you may apply for placement in an area that is different than your regular position. 

Now accepting applications for...

UREC is no longer accepting applications for Spring 2023.

UREC is now accepting applications for Summer 2023 practicum and internships. 

Interested in a Fall 2023 practicum or internship? Submit your application by March 19 for the first review on Monday, March 20, 2023.  

Please reach out to Kristin Gibson at with any questions!

Steps to Apply
  1. Find out what the internship or practicum requirements are for your particular major.

  2. Take a look at the experience areas below. In your application, you will be asked to list (in order of preference) the areas you are interested in being placed. Please note that there may not be placement availability in certain areas at the time of your application. Questions should be directed to the Associate Director for UREC Services (not potential site supervisors) at this stage of the process.

  3. Fill out the following application form completely: APPLICATION (download .doc).

  4. Email three attachments (PDF or Microsoft Word) to Kristin Gibson at the completed application, your resume, and a cover letter.

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Adventure and TEAM

Adventure and TEAM Programs
The student may assist with the operation of the climbing wall, the annual climbing competition, and the logistical support for the adventure programs. The experience may also include an apprenticeship with the trip leader program or team program following an interview.

Aquatics and Safety

Aquatics and Safety
The student will learn the day to day operations of the aquatics and safety programs, which includes assisting with the Learn to Swim program, education programs, incentive programs, and aquatic facility management. Other program opportunities could include special event planning and program development.

Facility Operations

Facility Operations
The student will gain experience in the day-to-day operations of the UREC facility. The individual will assist with emergency protocol training, maintenance issues, facility reservations, and special events. A long-term project may be assigned for the duration of the internship or practicum.

Fitness, Group Exercise and Wellness

The student will learn the day-to-day operations of all fitness spaces. Responsibilities may include assisting with educational programs, administrative duties, and special events. Students interested in Fitness Assessment and Personal Training may also be trained to assist with these programs. A long-term project may be assigned for the duration of the internship or practicum.

Group Exercise
The student will gain experience in group exercise and small group training programming. The student may also assist with the group exercise instructor prep course, learn proper evaluation skills, and eventually be able to apply this knowledge to assist in the evaluation of group exercise staff.

The student will gain experience in wellness and nutrition programming. Responsibilities include assisting with educational programs, administrative duties, and special events. Assisting with the administration of wellness and outreach programs may also be included.

Health Promotion

Health Promotion
The student will gain experience in health promotion services, programming and implementation including substance misuse prevention and sexual and relationship health.  Responsibilities include assisting with educational programs, administrative duties, and special projects. 

Intramural Sports and Youth Programs

Intramural Sports 
The student will gain knowledge in the day-to-day operations of an intramural sport program and develop leadership skills by helping involve students socially in a sports setting.

Youth Programs (Summer Only)
The student will assist with the programming of traditional and creative activities for Camp UREC. More information coming soon.


The student will gain knowledge of campus recreation marketing and communications. Students will attend and participate in training sessions, staff meetings and UREC events. Opportunities may include planning marketing events/promotions, creating social media content, designing, editing and/or distribution of various marketing efforts, photographing events, representing UREC at information fairs, and conducting research.

Member Services

Member Services
The student will gain knowledge and experience that will enhance their customer service skills. These students will learn the daily functions of the member services areas in UREC and how they play a role in our participants' and visitors' perception of UREC. Projects may include incentive programs, overall UREC customer service, and management techniques. Lastly, they will develop the ability to handle customer questions and complaints.

Sport Clubs and Inclusive Recreation

Sport Clubs
The student will gain knowledge in all aspects of the sport club program. The student will attend Sport Club Council and Sport Club President meetings as well as workshops and presentations. Responsibilities may include assisting the Sport Club Executives with leadership presentations, individual club communications, marketing, and program development.

Inclusive Recreation
The student will gain knowledge in the operation of all open and drop-in recreation spaces and various drop-in programming. The student may have a project related to an inclusive recreation program or initiative.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact the Associate Director for UREC Services.

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