Adaptive Staff and Interns


Adaptive Recreation Services provides therapeutic recreation through adaptive recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. Our programs promote physical, social, and mental health and well-being for a variety of disability populations and age groups. For a current listing of offerings, browse our online recreation guide in the Adaptive section.

Students will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience through direct participation and support in programs. Students will work as part of a team to plan and facilitate existing and new programs, including classes, outings, and day trips that primarily serve adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

The overall goal of an internship with Adaptive Recreation is to give students a valuable experience and direct service learning opportunity in a community recreation program that provides services to persons with disabilities, as well as to provide the tools to become lifelong advocates for people with disabilities.

Therapeutic Recreation Internship

Under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, this internship program has been designed to align with the NCTRC job analysis areas and meets NCTRC internship standards. The intern assists in planning and facilitating a variety of recreational programs for individuals with disabilities in a community setting.

A Therapeutic Recreation Internship is generally a 16 week/40 hour per week commitment, with a $150 per week stipend. TR internships are individually designed based on program needs, university or college requirements, and the intern’s goals and objectives.

Therapeutic Recreation students will be part of the day-to-day operations at Adaptive Recreation Services including staff meetings, program design / planning / implementation, community outreach, and the wide variety of tasks that are part of working at a municipal organization.

For more information regarding Therapeutic Recreation internships, contact Adaptive Recreation Services at 541-682-5311 or email Andy Fernandez. TR Internship Job Description (PDF)

Application deadlines:

  • March 1 for summer session (June–Sept)
  • June 1 for fall session (Sept–Dec)
  • Oct 1 for winter session (Jan–April)

If the deadline has passed, please reach out to us to see if we are still receiving applications. 

Local Students

Students from the University of Oregon, Lane Community College, and other local colleges and universities are welcome and encouraged to inquire about internships with Adaptive Recreation. Programs we see frequently include Family and Human Services, Psychology, Disability Studies Minor, among others. A University of Oregon Internship varies depending on the student’s requirements. All internships are designed to meet the specific needs and interests of the student, matching available programs and projects with the student time availability. For details, email or call us at 541-682-5311.

Contact Us

  1. Adaptive Recreation Services

    2580 Hilyard St.

    Eugene, OR 97405

    LTD buses #28 & #73

    Ph: 541-682-5311 Voice/TDD

    Fx: 541-682-5460

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