American Therapeutic Recreation Association

Job & Internship Opportunities

Recreational Therapy Intern

The Arc of San Diego

Location: San Diego, CA
Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

Posted On: 01/18/2016

Population Age: Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults
Population Characteristics: Developmental Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities
Primary Setting: Community-Based
Housing Available: No
Number of CTRs Employed at Facility/Agency: 1

Stipends or Other Benefits: No

The Arc of San Diego is the eighth largest 501c3 non-profit organization that regularly serves over one-thousand people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). We serve individuals in San Diego and surrounding areas. The Arc was founded in 1951 and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The mission of The Arc of San Diego is to support and empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their life goals. We have multiple programs within the organization that supports this mission statement. The Personal and Leisure Services (PALS) Department is the Therapeutic Recreation department at The Arc. PALS consists of four community-based recreation programs: Leisure Express Local (LEL), Leisure Express Trip and Travel (LETT), Our Place Wellness Center, and Camp-A-Lot/Camp-A-Little. LEL is a community based therapeutic recreation program for teens and adults with ID/DD that provides the opportunity to experience local events and activities. LETT is a travel program in which teens and adults with ID/DD are able to attend vacations to fun-filled destinations. LETT has traveled to places such as Hawaii, Alaska, Lake Tahoe, Disneyland, and San Francisco. Our Place Wellness Center offers individual fitness sessions for Arc participants. Camp-A-Lot/Camp-A-Little is a week-long residential camp for children, teens, and adults with ID/DD. Unpaid internship. Housing is not provided. Certifications required: CPR/AED/FA and Pro-Act. These courses are offered free of charge to interns during a mandatory orientation. Background checks, drug test, fingerprinting (done in California) etc., are also required and are free of charge to interns. Must be completed prior to start date. All trips and local events/activities are free of charge to interns. PALS RT internships take place for a minimum of 15 weeks, 600 hours, following NCTRC standards and regulations. Interns must be at least 21 years of age with a clean driving record and are required to pass a drug test, physical, TB test, FBI, and Department of Justice clearance. Hours and days of the week will vary. Weekend and evening hours will be required. Interns are under direct supervision of the full time CTRS on staff in the PALS Department. For further information please go to our website at You will find the Intern Position Overview, Application, and Important Dates listed on the website.

Contact Information

Kylie Russo, LRT, CTRS

619-685-1175 ext. 254

How to Apply