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The senior capstone experience (practicum) requires you to complete a 14 consecutive week (560 hours) fieldwork experience that allows you to make the adjustment from the classroom to the professional world. This “practicum” is usually scheduled after you have completed all of your course work including Field Experience, earned a 2.5 GPA in the major and received at least a “C” grade in each RPLS course. The practicum is set up with the assistance of your faculty advisor.

Practicum Handbook

[PDF] Practicum Handbook (356 KiB)

Practicum Opportunities

How to Start Your Search:

  • Check the database available in 215 HCN
  • Check the Paper Files in 215 HCN
  • Attend the Summer Job Fair in February
  • Identify a city or agency (i.e. YMCA & Minneapolis) Google it!
  • Identify a category such as “State Park Internships”, “Recreation Internships”, “Special Event Internships” and enter that into a search engine
  • Identify a city and go to its web page
  • Ask your Advisor

Be aware that these documents and websites represent only a few sources to consult in your search for a practicum. Please let us know if you find any valuable sources not listed here. Forward information to

[PDF] LPM Database (64 KiB)

[PDF] RM Database (207 KiB)

[PDF] TR Practicum Table (357 KiB)

[PDF] TR Camp Directory (219 KiB)

A Few Websites to get you started:

West Fargo Park District, ND

The principle purpose of the West Fargo Park District's Internship Program is to assit students in making an effective transition from the classroom to the professional world.  It is designed to give students the opportunity to explore the parks and recreation field and discover where their interests lie.  For full position description and to apply click here:  

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, CO

Rifle Gap STate Park Complex has a ranger internship available.  This is an unarmed law enforcement position that enforces park and wildlife laws and regulations thruogh citations and warnings for violations.  For information and application: [PDF] (97 KiB). Navajo State Park is seeking applicants with a wide variety of skills and experiences for Summer Temporary Positions and Internships.  Students wishing to gain experience in Natural Resources, Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Education, Commercial Tourism or Law Enforcement are encouraged to apply.  For information and application: (broken link).   

City of Isanti, MN

This position will assis the Community Events and Parks Coordinator and City staff with all aspects of Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department including, but not limited to, event preparation and staffing, farmers market operations, and park maintenance (especially at the Isanti Community Garden and demonstartion rain garden).  For complete job description and to apply click here:

St. Paul District, Army Corps of Engineers

The St. Paul District, Army Corps of Engineers, will be accepting applications for summer 2018 Student Pathways Park Rangers at the following locations: Cross Lake Recreation Area, Pokegama/Winnibigoshish Recreation Areas, Leech Lake Recreation Area, Sandy Lake Recreation Area, Gull Lake Recreation Area, Lake Ashtabula, Baldhill Bam, Eau Galle Recreation Area, Blackhawk Park.  Information on the PATHWAYS program can be found online at:

Prior Lake Athletics for Youth

P.L.A.Y. has 9 different sports that serve youth athletes from PK-8th grade.  We are looking for one or two interns who would be interested in assisting volunteers to manage Baseball, Softball & Lacrosse Tournaments.  There also would be some weekly needs for field care and evening field management.  If you really want to see what running a program with nearly 3000 summer particpants looks like - this is for you.  We are looking for someone for early May - August.  For more information contact Randy Geister -  

Fort Belmont, Jackson MN

Fort Belmont is looking to hire an intern when it open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Tasks include giving tours to visitors, staffing the museum, and some housekeeping duties.  We are also interested in someone who could help identify and record various artifacts.  Please send resume to Marily Reese at

Carver County Parks, MN

Carver County Parks has serveral opportunities for internships during summer 2018 including Outdoor Recreation Instructor, Park & Campground Attendant, and AIS Watercraft Inspector.  For more informatioin on these and other opportunities with Carver County, please visit

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center, Buena Vista, CO

Start your outdoor career in the Arkansas River Valley, Colorado high country's epicenter of whitewater, singletrack, and mountaineering.  Duration is any 12 week period May through September.  For more informartion:  

Bradford Woods, Indiana University

Seekign Outdoor Education Jobs and Internships.  Programs run March - May, May - August, and August - November.  Professional Outdoor Instructors needed for Waterfront and Pool activities, Summer camp counseling, Retreat recreational programs, Recreation Therapy Camp, Adventure challenge, Teach Environmental Education, Outdoor Classroom, Trail group, Maple Syrup Camp and more.  For more information: or check out the website at  

Disney College Program, Lake Buena Vista, FL

As a Disney College Program participant, you'll become part of the magic that is known worldwide.  Gain valuable, on-the-job experience working in our parks and resorts, participate in college coursework, and have the opportunitiy to meet and live with people form all over the country and potentially the world in company sponsored housing.  This truly unique five-to-seven month program allows participants to network with leaders, take part in personal and career development classes, and build transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, guest service and effective communication.  To learn more:

Conservation Corps, St. Paul MN

Our organization offers full-time, temporary AmericCorps positions for young people ages 18-25, all centered around environmental conservation.  Our programs are a great way for members to get a foot in the door with government and nonprofit agenices!  Members receive on-the-job training in natural resource management, environmental education and outdoors skills, then go on to put those skills into practice on natural resource projects across the Midwest. All our AmeriCorps members receive the following benefits:

  • Monthly stipend
  • AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of term that can be used for school expenses or to repay federally-backed student loans
  • Skills training and job experience
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term

Applicants can learn more and apply online at Summer positions will have start dates in May. 

WeHaKee Camp for Girls, Winter WI

WeHaKee is looking for positive female role modesl for girls 7-17.  We have opportunities as camp counselors who also act as activity leaders.  Activities include art, sports, music, water activities, horseback riding, theater and much more!  We are able to support internships in many academic areas.  For more information and to apply:      

Mankato Community Education and Recreation

A position as a Community Education and Recreation Intern is available beginning January and August annually and ending Fall and Spring academic term annually.  This assignment is for 8 hours per day/5 days per week for a total of 560 hours.  Summary of Duties include - Assisting with an individual Connections site's program development, delivery and administration; Engaging in the set up and supervision of Adult Recreation pickleball program or other programming; Completing parent participation surveys for Connecting Kids, compiling data, updating website, and visiting sites.  Please complete online application found at   

MN Department of Natural Resources

Internships are available at locations across the state with opportunities including, but not limited to: Fish Monitoring, Forestry Management, Interpretive Naturalist, Invasive Species Management, Fisheries Education, Mussel Research, State Park Operations, State Park Security, Shallow Lakes Specialist, Stream Habitat Preservation, Watercraft Inspection.  We currently are seeking up to 200 interns.  Log onto  Enter "intern" in the keywords field on the Job Search Page.  Select "Natural Resources Dept" in the "Agency" column on the left side of the page.  Choose the internship(s) you are interested in and click the apply button.        

Student Conservation Corps (SCA)

Nonprofit organization that engage high school, undergraduate and graduate school students through internships, conservation jobs, and crew experiences to conduct resource management, historic preservation, cultural resources and conservation programs for the purpose of training, career development and education.  SCA places volunteers in more than 350 park units and NPS offices each year.  Wide range of positions with specific expertise requirements.  3-to-12 month internship opportunities. Living and travel expenses, insurance, housing and education awards are provided to interns. For further information:

Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center

The Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center is looking for individuals who take initiative, who are motivated, creative, organized, and looking for real world experience.  The Rec Center is just a short 16 minute drive from Mankato.   The Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center is a multi-use recreational and community center.  We are looking for interns who have an interest in programming large and small events, health and fitness, senior programming and fitness, business and finance, recreation management, community health, marketing, education, and more.

Wilderness Inquiry Internships, MN

Each year, Wilderness Inquiry operates hundreds of canoeing, kayaking, and hiking trips to destinations in Minnesota, across the United States, and around the world for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.  Apply online at: