HTM Internships


RTM Fieldwork / Internships

All students enrolled in the Recreation and Tourism Management program are required to fulfill two practicum experiences to complete their degrees. RTM 284 Supervised Field Work (3 units) requires 125 hours of introductory professional work experience in the field of recreation and tourism leadership. RTM 498 Internship in Recreation and Tourism Management requires up to 500 hours of advanced work experience for 12 units (or 250 hours for 6 units).

Students need to plan ahead as they are responsible for securing a position with prospective agencies for fieldwork/internship. Supervision of the fieldwork and internship are provided by faculty advisors, however, this is a self-directed academic activity. Please contact Gene Lamke at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for additional information on RTM 284 and RTM 498 procedures.

Fieldwork and internships provide students with real-life experiences that take place in a variety of public, private, semi-private and commercial agencies providing situations for students to apply theoretical foundations learned in the classroom. Here are a few useful Websites that post opportunities in the recreation and tourism field to get students started.


We also have a job board for RTM students next to PSFA 435. Come and check out job/internship opportunities in recreation and tourism!

It is also strongly recommended for RTM students to attend RTM Agency/Career Night to get acquainted with local agencies to explore fieldwork and internship opportunities with potential employers. Our Agency Night is typically scheduled in March or April every year. Please contact the program coordinator at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further details.

If you are an agency who wishes to list your fieldwork and internship opportunities please contact Gene Lamke at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.



L. Robert Payne School of
Hospitality and Tourism Management

PSFA 436
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4514
Phone: (619) 594-4964
Fax: (619) 594-4443