Life as an HRCS Student

For Incoming and Current Students

Life as a Health, Recreation & Community Services (HRCS) student means you’re on the move. In a Wellness Recreation Center classroom; out in the community as part of poverty simulation exercise; shadowing at a local nonprofit; exploring the human body in the anatomy lab; 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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HRCS Adventure Trips

In the field: From clinics to the community

Getting hands-on may be called different names among the degrees offered by HRCS — clinical experience and internships — but these are requirements that build your skill base at either undergraduate or graduate levels. 


  • Athletic training and rehabilitation studies (Clinical experience)
  • Public health (Internships) 
  • Recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership (Internship) 


  • County health departments
  • YWCA and YMCA summer programs
  • United Nations-related nonprofits 
  • Community health clinic 
  • Medical missions abroad 


  • Master’s in athletic training (Clinical experience) 


  • Summer training camp with Indianapolis Colts
  • Student trainer with UNI football team 


Finding Funding


  • Undergraduate: Three scholarships for public health or recreation, tourism & nonprofit leadership students
  • 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 through the Graduate College. Funding varies, but many scholarships award up to $1,000. The Dean’s Graduate Scholarships are $1,500 awards. 

Graduate Assistantships & More

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