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Kayak Therapy

Check out this article on Kayak Therapy that our own Jordan Schilling is involved in.  This is a takes place in Edina and is a collaboration between Minneapolis VA, Edinborough Park, Minneapolis chapter of Team River Runner, and Three River Parks District.

What is TR? A Response by a RPLS Alumna.

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Scholarship Opportunities

 Scholarships can be found and applied for directly on Scholarship Finder:  

Volunteer Opportunities

MRCI, Mankato MN

 MRCI Workforce is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to share their time and talents with adults with disabilities.  Whether you enjoy music, arts, wellness or any recreational activity we'd love to have you!  If you are interested contact Julie at 507-386-5651 or at  

Sholom, St. Paul MN

The recreation program at Sholom, senior living facility, in St. Paul MN is looking for volunteers in their TR program.  If you are interested contact Barbara Gutzmann at  

Cedar Haven Lutheran Home, Mankato

We are an Assisted Living Facility and we have volunteer opportunities in our recreation department.  We are a small facility of 15-25 residents.  We typically have rotation of cards, board games, bingo, arts and crafts and some exercise classes.  We do occasional outings and shopping.  If you are interested in volunteering your time contact Becki Staley at  

Old Main Village, Mankato

Make a difference at Old Main Village, a beautiful senior living community!  Volunteer opportunities: Providing companionship to residents, assisting residents to and from activities, assisting activity staff, leading Men's Coffee group, calling BINGO, delivering or reading mail to residents, playing board games or cards, reading to a resident, going on a walk, and/or sharing talents.  Please contact Jenny at 507-388-4200 or if interested.


List of internship opportunities located on the American Therapeutic Recreation Association website: 

The Estates at St. Louis Park - Monarch Healthcare Management

This internship site is a skilled nursing facility located in St. Louis Park, MN.  We specialize in residents who have mental health diagnosis'.  These diagnosis' include: Depression, Anxiety, Dementia, MS, Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and others.  Our Therapeutic Recreatioin Department is responsible for therapeutic programs and activities according to the overall plan of care for residents.  More information can be found at: https://monarchmn.come/the-estates-at-st-louis-park/

The Arc of San Diego, CA

The Arc of San Diego is a non-profit organziation that provices services and supports to people with developmental disabilities.  The Arc of San Diego is a premier providers of disability services thtat empoers its clients to achieve their life goals.  The Personal and Leisure Services Intern will assist in the implementation of Leisure Express Local and Leisure Express Trip and Travel programs.  The intern will assis with Our Place Wellness Center fitness programs.  The minimum commitment for this opportunity is 15 consecutive weeks, 600 hours.  for further information please contact Joseph at  

Out & About, Lafayette, CO

Out & About offers an internship in Therapeutic Recreation, supervised by a CTRS.  The purpose of the internship is to provide students with an professional, educational, and enjoyable internship by offering the opportunity to work with people that have developmental disabilities.  Out & About provides recreation activities in three area: Catalog Services, After School Program, Summer Camp.  Summer internship apply by Feb. 15, Fall internship apply by June 15, Spring internship apply by October 15.  For more information:  

Spring Valley Senior Living, Spring Valley MN

Spring Valley Senior Living is located about 20 minutes south of Rochester MN.  They are looking for a Therapeutic Recreation graduate or intern for their campus.  They have 40 long term skilled nursing and 10 short stay rehab skilled nursing, along with assisted living and flexible living.  For more information contact Penny at 507-346-1241.

Department of State Hospitals, Coalinga, Fresno County, CA

Under the direct supervision of the Internship Supervisor, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), will learn to provide rehabilitative programs and services through appropriate patient assessment, treatment, service planning, therapeutic activities, discharge planning and community reintegration by using the principles and practices of the respected disciplines to develop, maintain, or restore physical, emotional, and social competencies of the patients.  The Recreation Therapist Intern will learn to provide recovery focused treatment activities and participate on the treatment teams of patients assigned under the supervision of the CTRS Internship Supervisor.  To see a complete description or to apply:  JC-18395 - Rehabilitation Therapy Intern.  

Challenge Alaska, Anchorage, AK

Members of the Challenge Alaska Therapeutic Recreation Team (CATRT) are responsible for the therapeutic recreation assessments, goal setting and treatment of individuals with disabilities under the supervision of CTRS.  For more information and to apply:

Augustana Care, Minneapolis, MN

Augustana Care is a non-profit organization that provides senior housing, health care and community-based services to older generations and others in need and helps residents live the lives that most inspire them.  The therapeutic programs has certified recreational therapist on staff for students who are looking for an internship that has recreational therapists certified by NCTRC.  MN interns would be working with a geriatric population.  Contact information: or 612-238-5419.

Camp High Hopes, Sioux City, IA

Camp High Hopes offers recreational/camp based internships in 3 primary seasons: September - December, January-April, and May-August, for a 14 week internship period designed to meet the requirements for NCTRC.  Interns will assist in assessment, planning, implementation/facilitation, and evaluation during CHH activities which are goal oriented and directed toward rehabilitation, amelioration, and/or modification of specific physical, emotional, cognitive, and/or social functional behaviors.  Responsibilities may include: client assessments, progress notes, discharge plans, activity analysis, and leisure education among others.  Interns will receive room and board during sessions and monthly stipend of $100 to offset additional food costs.  Shared staff housing may be available and is assessed based on intern needs and housing availability.  All internships are full time commitments without time for outside work or part-time jobs and may require a commitment to be away from during holidays depending on the program schedule.  For more information or to apply:, email:, phone 712-224-2267.  

Patton State Hospital, San Bernardino, CA

Patton treats approximately 1500 patients who have been committed by the judicial system for mental health services.  We currently employ 30 Recreation Therapists who work under the Rehabilitation Therapy Department along with Dance, Music, Art and Occupational Therapies.  The PSH Recreation Therapy Internship program is 16 weeks in duration with each cycle beginning on the 1st of the month.  We accept one intern for the spring, summer and fall semesters.  The deadline for applying for each of these internship periods are as follows: February 1st for summer, April 1st for fall, and August 1st for winter/spring.  RT Internship applications are available upon request.  We are currently able to provide a paid internship and also offer affordable on grounds housing upon request.  Each Recreation Therapy Intern will be supervised by a NCTRC certified Recreation Therapist and will gain experience in following the care of patients on their supervisor's caseload.  For more information regarding Patton State Hospital, please visit the website:  

Living Well Disability Services, Eagan, MN

Living Well Disability Services delivers exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.  Founded as Dakota's Children in 1972 in West St. Paul by parents, volunteers and community partners, our private 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization today provides person-centered services to people living in the region.  Services are available to people regardless of where they live; in their own home, their family's home or in one of the 33 group homes owned and operated by Living Well Disability Services.  Innovation in service, accessibility, wellness, and technology help people pursue their goals and live as independently as possible.  Services are based on the choices of each individual and developed to support their unique needs, hopes and interests.  Living Well Disability services is searching for qualified candidates for employment as well as internship opportunities in the areas of Therapeutic Recreation. 

Hennepin County Medical Center, Downtown Minneapolis

Looking for practicum students for 2016.  Will work days, evenings, and every third weekend, but we do have some flexibility.  Work would include working with psychiatric patients in gym/fitness center and on patient floors.  Nature of work would be facilitating exercise/wellness opportunities, leading group discussions about wellness and leisure topics, planning outings, doing documentation using medical software program, promoting a recovery oriented environment.  For questions or to apply contact Don Magnuson at

Mount Olivet Rolling Acres, MN 

If you are interested in Fall/Spring/Summer Internships in our Adult Day Services Program please contact Maria Schugel, CTRS or 952-767-3290.  If you are interested in Summer internships with our Autism Summer Day Camp contact Stephanie Kohl, CTRS at or 952-401-4872.


Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

During this internship, students will have the opportunity to observe and/or assist Therapeutic Recreation specialists in evaluating, treatment planning, conducting intervetions and evaluating outcomes of the patient.  For full position description and instructions on how to apply click here:

ISD 77 Aces, Mankato

Aces Community Education and Recreation summer program is looking for a child care assistant to work under the Site Supervisor to facilitatate an age-appropriate, enriching, stimulating and safe environment for children enrolled in the program.  They will lead a small group activties or work as a special needs 1:1 staff member.  For full postion description and to apply click here:

Community Recreation Assistant, Saint Therese, Woodbury, MN 

Saint Therese is looking for a Community Recreation Assistant who will be responsible for tranporting clients, reisdents and tenants for scheduled routes and trips.  Perform routine safety checks and care of vehicles.  For full position description and to apply click here:

Monarch Healthcare Management, Mankato MN

Monarch Health care is looking to hire Therapeutic Program Activity Assistant, Therpeutic Program Activity Assistant (Part-time) and a Therapeutic Program Director.  Postion descriptions and applications can be found here:  

Easter Seals Wisconsin, Wisconsin Dells, WI

 Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps is now accepting applications for summer job positions.  Enjoy a summer with us while making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.  We have many positions available.  Contact us or check out our website for more details.

Confidence Learning Center, East Gull Lake, MN

Confidence Learning Center is a year-round outdoor education and recreation center for persons of all ages with developmental and cognitive disabilities.  For more information or email  

ACR Homes, MN

ACR Homes provides residential support services for people with physical and developmental disabilities, as well as care fot he elderly including memory care through our afiliated company Arthur's Residential Care.  ACR currently supports over 200 individuals in over 50 homrs thorughout the five-county Minneapolis - St. Paul metro area.  To learn more: or or the job line at 651-415-9991.