Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Internships, Service Learning, and Certification

Learn more about the opportunities for hands-on learning in Sport and Recreation Administration that will prepare you for your future career.



Transition from Classroom to Professional

A sport and recreation higher education program is judged by the level of performance its graduates are perceived to have attained. While a thorough knowledge in a variety of areas is essential in the preparation of the competent entry-level recreation professional in leisure service delivery positions, it provides only the basis upon which the individual will function professionally.

The application of the generalist sport and recreation education process can take place only in real life situations. It is essential that an internship provide opportunity to personalize the knowledge in a practical environment. To facilitate this goal, a 400-hour internship experience is mandated and is an integral part of the sport and recreation administration curriculum at the University of Mississippi.

It is intended that knowledge obtained in the classroom and practical service-learning experiences will be utilized during the internship experience. The major purpose of the internship is to provide the student opportunities to apply and personalize this broad knowledge base. Our internship is required by our accrediting body, the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

  •  7.04 Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate, through a comprehensive internship of not less than 400 clock hours and no fewer than 10 weeks, the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in park, recreation, tourism, or related organizations

At the completion of the internship, the student should be able to function as a competent front-line supervisor as a sport and recreation professional.

The student, the agency, and the University all benefit from this experience as practitionerprofessionals and University faculty work together to provide worthwhile experiential opportunities for students prior to their internship. Every professional should be interested in the recruitment and professional preparation of talented young people. Our internship, therefore, makes a valuable contribution to the preparation of tomorrows leaders in sport and recreation administration.

  •  The Internship manual delineates the philosophy and objectives of the internship, the policies and procedures,    forms records, and reports to be submitted.
  •  The Waiver form is required to be signed by agency, student and faculty internship supervisor

*The following must be completed prior to the Internship:

  •  Twelve hours from SRA Major Emphasis (SA or RA) Coursework o Additional Requirements for Students with    a RT minor are required (see RT faculty internship advisor r SRA Coordinator
  •  2.5 GPA for all SRA Courses completed in Sport and Recreation Administration.

*The following items must be completed, verified and on file with the Sport and Recreation Administration advisor prior to beginning the internship experience.

  •  Signed Agreement by on-site internship supervisor, student, and faculty advisor.
  •  Current copy of student’s CPR/First Aid certification cards (front and back). The certifications must be valid   until the end of the student’s internship. • Complete pre-internship competency exam with acceptable score.

*Sport and Recreation Internship site selection (without RT Minor):

  •  The site selected for visitation may be identified through consultation with the SRA advisor and SRA       Internship Coordinator or Instructor
  •  The agency selected should be appropriate to an area of pre-professional interest.
  •  The Student’s advisors have the authority to accept or reject the student’s choice for the internship.

*Recreational Therapy Internship site selection:

  •  The site selected for visitation may be identified through consultation with the SRA advisor and SRA     Recreational Therapy Internship Coordinator or Instructor
  •  Internship Site Supervisor must be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  •  Internship must be a minimum of 560 hours over at least 14 weeks
  •  All prerequisites for the SRA Internship must be met plus completed at least 18 hours toward the RT minor.
  •  The Student’s advisors have the authority to accept or reject the student’s choice for the internship.

Sport & Recreation Administration Continuing Education (SRACE)

Please click the links below to review the PDF files of available RACE opportunities.

The SRACE opportunities are updated frequently and subject to changes.

Students have the option to gain certifications or other professional experiences that enhance their status as a professional. One of the most recognized certifications for individuals working in public parks and recreation to earn is the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Students earning their degree in Recreation Administration at the University of Mississippi are qualified to take the CPRP certification test their last semester enrolled in classes and anytime after graduation.  The Harvey Faust Scholarship provides up to 10 scholarships per year for qualified students to take this examination,  To augment this capstone certification other relevant certifications including Aquatic Facility OperatorCertified Playground Safety Inspector, and Wilderness First Responder are recognized as valuable credentials that enhance professionalism and ultimately, marketability.

Another source of SRACEs that are encouraged and can be earned by students is through professional association affiliation. Membership and participation in professional associations such as the Mississippi Recreation and Park Association and the National Recreation and Park Association and conferences offered by the MRPA and NRPA are integral to becoming a recreation professional. Most professional associations and conferences offer students discounted rates, special workshops, and many opportunities to network with practitioners, professionals and other students. In fact, involvement facilitates career preparation as students learn about certification exams and network with professionals who may be helpful in their search for an internship or a job.  Students enrolled inRA 400- Professional Development are required to attend a conference, earn RACEs, meet with practitioner professionals, and become members of the association sponsoring the conference.

Below are listings of certifications students can earn while pursuing their Recreation Administration degrees: