Recreational Therapy Programs

Please Note

Due to COVID-19, we will only accept 1 student for the Fall in psychiatry. We will not be able to accommodate students in any other areas. Please have your academic program email us your letter of intent AND resume by June 1 as you will not be doing a shadow visit. If you have further questions, please send us an email.

Since 1956, students have benefited from clinical internships in the Recreational Therapy Program.

Graduate and undergraduate internships are offered in cooperation with North Carolina affiliated colleges and universities only.

We offer placements in psychiatry, inpatient rehab, burn unit and oncology/bone marrow units. To prepare yourself for an internship in psychiatry, we highly encourage you to take a mental health first aid class.

To be considered for an internship, applicants must meet the coursework requirements for certification and licensure before the anticipated internship start date.

Clinical supervision for students in the RT program is provided by an LRT/CTRS who meet the requirements for certification by NCTRC and for licensure by NCBRTL.

Instructions for Recreational Therapy Internship applications:

  1. Please ask your Internship Coordinator to notify Kristel Maes, Therapy Services Educator, of your interest in a Recreational Therapy Internship.
  2. Prior to eligibility for a student internship, we require the students to come onsite for a three-hour shadow session.
  3. Please complete the HIPAA training.
  4. Review the immunizations and complete the immunizations form. This form needs to be signed by a licensed healthcare provider.
  5. Select a date from the Shadow calendar located within the "Shadowing for Rehabilitation Therapies" section on the Shadow page.
  6. Email the certificate of HIPAA training, completed immunization form and date you want to shadow to the Therapy Services Educator at least 1 week prior to your session.

Wear your school ID badge at shoulder height when shadowing. Present to the Rehab Therapy Services office 15 minutes prior to your shadow session. You are required to adhere to our Professional Business attire policy. (map and policy are on the shadow page).

After your shadow session, please ask your Internship coordinators to send the following to the Therapy Services Educator:

  • Student name
  • Student email
  • Desired area of internship
  • One page letter of intent written by each student interested in an internship at our facility.

Deadline Submission

Confirmation of Internships


September 15th

October 1st


February 1st

February 15th


June 1st

June 15th

Information on Student Affiliations

Rehabilitation Therapies
Kristel Maes, PT, DPT
Therapy Services Educator