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Recreation Therapy Internship Program

The VA Augusta Health Care System offers excellent internship opportunities in the summer, spring, and fall semesters for students who are pursuing a degree in Recreation Therapy. Interns will be placed in a dynamic internship experience with unique opportunities for personal and professional growth. Interns are supervised by a CTRS and progressively experience the full-time responsibilities of a Recreation Therapist. Students will have an opportunity to learn from a variety of therapists in various populations.

Areas of internship experience opportunities

  • Acute Mental Health
  • Outpatient Mental Health
  • Dementia Care
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Adaptive Sports

How to qualify

  • Verify that there is an affiliation agreement in place with the university. If there is not, affiliation can be established, but may take a little longer to arrange.
  • Complete a minimum of 100 practicum/work hours within a Recreation Therapy setting or other human health services related setting.
  • Ensure completion of all required Recreation Therapy coursework outlined by the university.

Documents needed

Please include all of the following documents in your application packet:

  • Cover letter with resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from a professor, two from a professional within the field of Recreation Therapy or other human health services profession)
  • Unofficial current class transcript or a class guide detailing a completion of all required course work
  • Completed internship application

Application deadlines

  • Summer Internship (May to August): Feb. 1
  • Fall Internship (September to December): May 1
  • Spring Internship (January to April): Oct. 1

Internship coordinator

Denise Cook , CTRS
706-733-0188 ext. 27394

Procedure for the selection of an intern

  • Clinical Training Director (CTD) will review all required documents submitted by students as delineated above and coordinate internship interviews if appropriate.
  • Student will complete an interview with the CTD.
  • If accepted, the student will be notified and congratulated by the CTD via email and/or telephone. While a student may select our agency for internship, it is not a guarantee of placement until the agency has officially confirmed proper placement with the university.
  • Upon acceptance into this program, the student will need to complete a physical, TB testing, COVID vaccine, and fingerprinting/background check by our VA or a VA in your area.
  • Please note
  • We require 15 weeks for an internship but are happy to meet the university’s standards if they require a longer time frame.
  • VA Augusta Health Care System internship positions are unpaid full-time shifts, 40 hours per week for 15 weeks.