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Dear Potential Agency Supervisors:

Thank you for your interest in working with University of Utah students majoring in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Field experiences and internships are a central component of student total educational preparation in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. These experiences are designed to combine on-site professional experiences with theoretical and philosophical foundations studied in traditional academic settings. Through field experiences and internships, students grow professionally and intellectually. Students learn to identify their strengths, interests, and limitations. They also gain an appreciation of roles, duties, and responsibilities of parks, recreation, and tourism professionals.

The PIR Experience Requirement serves as an initial exposure to practice and allows students to investigate the depth of their commitment to one of our three emphasis areas: Commercial, Community & Sport Management, Outdoor Recreation Studies, and Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality Management.

The Senior Internship, PRT 4828, provides an in-depth learning opportunity that is designed for students who are in their final semester and approaching graduation. This experience is considered the capstone of the academic career.

The objectives for the student of the internship experience include:

  1. To help students gain an understanding and appreciation of the roles, duties, and responsibilities of park, recreation, and tourism professionals.
  2. To assist students in becoming more aware of the nature of practice within their chosen profession.
  3. To expose students to the scope of responsibilities of professional organizations and associations and encourage participation in their activities on the local, state, and national levels.
  4. To assist students in identifying areas of potential strength and limitations, as well as actual performance evaluations while working in the field.
  5. To provide students with leadership opportunities that may aid professional and personal development.
  6. To provide students with experiences that increases the understanding of people, of human relations, and to develop the ability to work effectively with clients, customers, and fellow professionals.
  7. To provide students with an opportunity to observe the planning, implementation, and evaluation of services within the various park, recreation, and tourism agencies and enterprises.

As a potential sponsor,or agency supervisor, we request the following to assist in the educational experience of the student:

  1. Prepare the agency staff for the arrival of the student
  2. Initially confer with the student to present an overview of the agency and the schedule prepared.
  3. Inform the student of all regulations and operational procedures.
  4. Represent the student as a co-worker and in a manner to insure her or his professional status.
  5. Gradually induct the student into her or his experience, beginning with observations and small responsibilities, and adding increasing involvement as the students abilities permit.
  6. Acquaint the student with resources and materials used in the administration of the agency’s program (books, pamphlets, films, charts, etc.) and to assist the student in acquiring copies of appropriate reports and materials when appropriate.
  7. Give the student challenging opportunities that may support the feeling of growth, achievement, and success.
  8. Present criticisms in a constructive, objective, and tactful manner.
  9. Have at least one weekly conference with the student.

As an agency supervisor, I would also ask that you encourage the exchange of information concerning the progress of the student and evaluate the student’s internship experience by completing the appropriate forms on or before the assigned deadlines. It is encouraged that these reports be reviewed with the student before they are transmitted to the University supervisor.

If this sounds like a program that you would like to be involved in, please send me an email describing your opportunity and I will guide you in the next steps. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Preston Tanner, MBA
University of Utah
250 S 1850 E
Room 213 G
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
PHONE (801) 587-7357; FAX (801) 581-4930

Undergraduate Advising

Eric Gardner

Undergraduate Advisor

Phone: 801-585-0832

Contact Us

Preston Tanner, MBA

Internship Coordinator

Location: 250 S 1850 E
Room 213 G

Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: 801-587-7357
Fax: 801-581-4930

Graduate Advising

Dr. Dorothy Schmalz

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 801-581-8080

Online ST&HM Program

Preston Tanner

Online Program Coordinator

Phone: 801-587-7357

Program Director

Dr. Kelly Bricker

Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

Phone: 801-585-6503