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Career Options by Concentration Area & Employment

Knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the travel and tourism industry or the business industry.

Employment:

  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Cruise Lines
  • Convention and Visitors Bureaus
  • Travel Agencies
  • Spas and Health Clubs
  • Theme Parks
  • Event Management Organizations

Knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career as a recreational therapist working with individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions.


Employment:

  • Rehabilitation hospitals
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Outpatient treatment centers
  • Municipal parks and recreation agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations (e.g., Easter Seals)
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Correctional facilities

Knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in community and government recreation and in outdoor recreation.

Employment:

  • National, State, and City Parks
  • Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Adventure Agencies
  • Outward Bound
  • National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
  • Community Parks and Recreation
  • YMCA
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Youth Bureaus
  • Military Recreation

Employers of recent grads

  • Barrier Island Station Resort, NC
  • Barry Robinson Center, VA
  • Camellia Gardens of Life Care, FL
  • Chesapeake Parks and Recreation, VA
  • Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters, VA
  • Eden Pines Assisted Living, VA
  • Harbour Pointe Medical and Rehabilitation Center, VA
  • Hilton Resort, Hilton Head, NC
  • The Hospital for Sick Children, DC
  • Lake Taylor Hospital, VA
  • Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, VA
  • Marygrove Treatment Center, MO
  • Maryview Center for Physical Rehabilitation, VA
  • Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center, VA
  • National Recreation and Park Association, VA
  • Nansemond Pointe Rehabilitation Center, VA
  • Newport News Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, VA
  • Norfolk Parks and Recreation, VA
  • Norfolk Naval Base MWR, VA
  • Norfolk YMCA, VA
  • Northern Virginia Training Center, VA
  • Outward Bound, CO
  • Portsmouth Naval Hospital, MWR Program, VA
  • The Pines Residential Treatment Center, VA
  • Riverside Behavior Center, VA
  • Riverside Rehabilitation Institute, VA
  • Rockreation Indoor Climbing Facilities, CA and UT
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Mental Health Unit, VA
  • Seven Springs Resort, Champion, PA
  • Temple University Hospital, Pediatric Medical Center, PA
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Southern and Central Virginia, VA
  • USDA Forest Service, Athens, VA
  • Virginia Beach Convention and Visitor Center, VA
  • Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, VA
  • Virginia Beach Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, VA
  • Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center, VA
  • Westminster Canterbury-Virginia Beach, VA
  • Wintergreen Resort, VA


Internships

PRTS 366 Internship Seminar

The internship seminar is a 1 credit hour course that all PRTS majors must take prior to completing an internship placement. The seminar helps to prepare students for the internship experience. A variety of internship issues are discussed in the course and include; agency identification, internship goals, and internship expectations. The PRTS Internship Manual is reviewed in detail. Students must take PRTS 366 the semester prior to completing the internship. A major requirement for the course is for the student to obtain a signed internship agreement with an agency. The student cannot get a final grade for the course until an agreement is signed. Students will receive a grade of incomplete until a signed agreement is produced.

PRTS 368, Internship (12 credit hours)

All PRTS courses must be completed prior to enrolling in PRTS 368 Internship. The total hour requirement for the internship varies depending upon concentration. During a 10-week, 400 hour internship, students in the Park and Recreation Management and Tourism Management concentrations are expected to assume major responsibilities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of appropriate park, recreation and tourism services at their agency. During a 14-week, 560 hour internship, students in the Therapeutic Recreation concentration will be supervised by a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) at the internship agency to meet national certification standards. Students are expected to assume major responsibilities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of appropriate recreational therapy services at their agency.

Recent Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies internship placements include the following:

  • Barrier Island Station Resort Vacation Village, Nags Head, NC
  • Best Western Pink Shell Resort, FL
  • Coconino County Parks and Recreation, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Las Vegas, NV
  • Fisher Island Resort, Fisher Island, FL
  • Key Largo Resorts, Key Largo, FL
  • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Sarasota, FL
  • Hilton Head Resorts, Hilton Head, NC
  • Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Riverdale, MD
  • Maryland School for the Blind, Baltimore, MD
  • Marriott Vacation Club International, Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MA
  • MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham, MA
  • New Age Health Spa, Neversink, NY
  • Rocky Mt. National Park, CO
  • Resort Recreation & Tourism Management, Cathedral City, CA
  • Saddlebrook Resort, Wesley Chapel, FL
  • San Diego V.A. Medical Center, San Diego, CA
  • Skyland Trail. Atlanta, GA
  • South Texas Veterans Healthcare System, San Antonio, TX
  • The Hills Fitness Center, Austin, TX
  • The Shepard Center, Atlanta, GA
  • United States Navy Morale Welfare and Recreation, The Island of Diego Garcia
  • United States Navy Morale Welfare and Recreation, Rota Spain
  • Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis, MN
  • Alexandria Parks and Recreation
  • Augusta Medical Center
  • Backbay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Camp Easter Seal
  • Chesapeake General Hospital, Mental Health Unit
  • Chesapeake Parks and Recreation
  • Civitan Acres, Eggleston Services
  • Dam Neck Naval Base, MWR
  • DePaul Hospital, Physical Rehabilitation Unit
  • DePaul Hospital, Behavior Medicine Unit
  • Destination Williamsburg
  • Eastern State Hospital
  • Festevents
  • Gloucester County Parks and Recreation and Tourism
  • Gold Key Resorts, Clarion at the Oceanfront
  • Hampton Family YMCA
  • Hampton Roads Sports Commission
  • Harbour Pointe Medical and Rehabilitation Center
  • Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Virginia Beach
  • Johnston Willis Hospital, Physical Rehabilitation Unit
  • Lake Taylor Hospital
  • Maryview Center for Physical Rehabilitation
  • Maryview Nursing Center
  • Medical College of Virginia, Physical Rehabilitation Unit
  • Nauticus Maritime Center
  • Naval Security Group, MWR
  • Newport News Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
  • Norfolk Amphibious Base, MWR
  • Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Norfolk Festevents, Inc.
  • Norfolk Naval Base, MWR
  • Norfolk Parks and Recreation
  • Northern Virginia Training Center
  • Obici Hospital
  • Oakwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Portsmouth Invitational Basketball Tournament
  • Portsmouth Naval Hospital, MWR
  • Portsmouth Parks and Recreation
  • The Pines Residential Treatment Center
  • Ramada Inn on the Beach, Virginia Beach
  • Riverside Behavior Center
  • Riverside Psychiatric Institute
  • Riverside Rehabilitation Institute
  • Salem V.A. Medical Center
  • Sandbridge Eco Sports
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Mental Health Unit
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Physical Rehabilitation Unit
  • Sentara Nursing Center, Virginia Beach
  • Sentara Nursing Center, Portsmouth
  • Southeastern Virginia Training Center
  • Sportrock Climbing Center, Alexandria
  • Tidewater AAA
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Virginia
  • Virginia Beach Convention and Visitor Bureau
  • Virginia Beach Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center
  • Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
  • Virginia Beach Resort & Conference Center
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Virginia Treatment Center for Children
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hampton
  • Veterans Affairs Medical center, Salem
  • YMCA of South Hampton Roads
  • Westminister Canterbury, Virginia Beach
  • Westminister Canterbury, Richmond
  • Winchester Rehabilitation Center

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