Life as an HRCS Student

For Incoming and Current Students

Life as a Health, Recreation & Community Services student means you’re on the move. In a Wellness Recreation Center classroom; volunteering at a local nonprofit; joining in -- or coordinating -- outdoor adventures; studying quietly in the lounge overlooking the WRC pools; reviewing an assignment with a professor. 

All that activity needs support. Whether it’s faculty, professional advisors, staff and resources within the College of Education or across campus, we have what you need. 


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gaining experience in internships for RTNL
Gaining experience in internships for RTNL

In the field: From clinics to the community

Gaining hands-on experience through internships is a requirement that builds your skill base immensely. These experiences are an important part of this nationally accredited program. 

Examples of recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership internship experiences include: 

  • YWCA and YMCA summer programs
  • United Nations-related nonprofits 
  • Nonprofit child care centers
  • Tourism bureaus and events centers
  • Local foundations 



Finding Funding


  • Undergraduate: Several scholarships for recreation, tourism & nonprofit leadership students, including the Robert & Yvonne Koob Fund for Community Engagement. 
  • Graduate:
    • Clifford J. & Ruth M. Edginton Endowed Scholarship
    • ​Dean’s Graduate Scholarships
  • Additional College of Education-specific scholarships 

If you’re an on campus student, you can also apply for a graduate tuition scholarship. Funding varies, but many scholarships award up to $1,500. 

Graduate Assistantships & More

Depending on the availability of funds, HRCS-related graduate assistantships may be offered for:

Questions? Reach out to Cheryl Meller, graduate recruitment coordinator, Office of Graduate Studies, directly at or through the office,