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COVID-19 Operations & Requirements for Extreme Risk Level:
Parks and trails remain open.
Juniper Swim & Fitness Center and Bend Senior Center: Temporarily closed.
The Pavilion: Open for reservation-only public skating and registered programs.
The Art Station: Open for youth/childcare programs.
Other facilities/offices: Closed.
Most recreation programs canceled. Childcare and virtual classes continue.

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Therapeutic Recreation Internship Opportunities

Sorry, this program is currently on hold until Spring 2021. If interested, check back in January 2021.

The Bend Park and Recreation District offers undergraduate and graduate internships in therapeutic recreation under the supervision of two Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.

Internships are offered during the Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer semesters. Our internships are 14-16 weeks and interns will be required to work 40 hours/week with some overnight trips.

The intern experience will include:

  • Hands-on experience with specialized , inclusive, and adapted recreation programs
  • Exposure to a wide range of physical and intellectual disabilities
  • Exposure to the therapeutic recreation process
  • Exposure to various recreation administration duties (e.g., outreach, fundraising, budgeting, marketing, etc)
  • Training in most park and recreation program areas (youth, adult, outdoor, senior)
  • Experience a wide variety of activities such as adapted skiing, rafting, kayaking, creative arts and exploring Central Oregon’s landscape.

Intern Benefits:

  • $50/week Stipend
  • Housing in 2 bedroom house
  • Discounted  district programs
  • Juniper Swim and Fitness Pass
  • Liability Insurance

Intern Manual

Intern Requirements:

  • Current First Aid/CPR
  • A clean criminal background
  • Valid driver’s license with 5 year driving record
  • Experience working with people with disabilities

Application Process

For more information, contact:

Sue Boettner
TR Coordinator
Email Sue Boettner

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Image of a Therapeutic Recreation Swim Program at Juniper Swim and Fitness Center.

For more information, contact:

Sue Boettner
TR Coordinator
Email Sue Boettner