American Therapeutic Recreation Association

Job & Internship Opportunities

RT Internship

The Arc of San Diego

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

Posted On: 01/29/2015

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: Yes
Listing of Stipends or Other Benefits:
Unpaid internship and housing is not provided. Certifications like CPR/AED/FA and Pro-Act are FREE to interns. Background checks, drug test, fingerprinting etc., are FREE to interns. All trips and local activities are also FREE to interns.

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 were founded in 1951, and have since been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF, which stands as a symbol of our commitment to the highest quality of service. The mission of The Arc of San Diego is to support and empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their life goals. We have a rich tradition of developing quality programs for children, teens, and adults with I/DD. All of our programs promote social, economic, and personal independence. We stand by our belief that people with disabilities have unlimited potential and the right to equal opportunity. The Personal and Leisure Services (PALS) Department is the Therapeutic Recreation department at The Arc. PALS runs four community-based recreation programs: Leisure Express Local (LEL), Leisure Express Trip and Travel (LETT), Our Place Wellness Center, and Camp-A-Lot. LEL is a community based therapeutic recreation program for teens and adults with I/DD. LETT is a travel program in which teens and adults with I/DD are able to explore the world with the assistance of PALS staff. Our Place Wellness Center offers individual and group fitness classes for Arc participants. Camp-A-Lot is a week-long residential camp for children, teens, and adults with I/DD. All activities are programmed to promote and develop skills such as health and wellness, socialization, communication, autonomy, and confidence while doing activities like hiking, football games, kayaking, arts and crafts, baseball games, dances, cooking classes, trips to Hawaii, Disneyland, cruises, so much more! Join the adventures at The Arc for a well rounded hands on internship. PALS RT internships take place for a minimum of 15 weeks, 560 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. Interns are not paid positions and housing is not provided. Hours and days of the week will vary. Weekend and evening hours will be required. You are under direct supervision of the full time CTRS on staff in the PALS Department. For further information please go to our website at We hope to hear from you soon!

Contact Information

Cara Jenkins, CTRS

619-685-1175, ext. 254

How to Apply