Recreational Therapy Career Guide

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Past Internship Sites:

  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Pine Rest Mental Health Services
  • Hope Network
  • Spectrum Health
  • Spring Hill Camps
  • YMCA
  • PACE LifeCircles
  • Indian Trails / IKUS
  • HCR ManorCare
  • North Star Behavioral Health

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Case Manger – Hope Network
  • Director of Operations Women’s Health – Spectrum Health
  • Activity Therapist – Pine Rest Mental Health Services
  • Senior Director of Rehabilitation and Nursing Centers – Spectrum Health
  • Physician Liaison – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist – Ferraro Behavior Services
  • Assistant Director Career Center – Grand Valley State University
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist – Harbor Rehabilitation
  • Community Service Director – Senior Resource Agency
  • Life Enrichment Coordinator – American House of Jenison
  • Wellness Guide – Porter Hills Retirement Community
  • Recreation Therapist -  Spectrum Health
  • Manager Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Director – Wyoming Senior Center
  • Life Enrichment Director  - Sentinel Pointe Rehabilitation
  • Chief Operating Officer – Sunset Retirement Communities
  • Quality of Life Supervisor – Spectrum Health
  • Program Manager – Benjamin’s Hope
  • Supports Coordinator – D.A. Blodgett
  • Hiring and Communications Coordinator – Spring Hill Camps

Student Organizations to Consider

  • Best Buddies
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Kids in Motion
  • Laker Leadership
  • Parks, Adventures and Recreation Club
  • Senior Citizens Club
  • Therapeutic Recreation Student Association

Study Abroad Programs

Help care for children, teach basic English, arts and crafts, music, sports and other life skills, while receiving credit abroad. Imagine working with Red Cross Children’s hospital in Cape Town South Africa helping develop effective coping and management of stressful medical events in children and families through art, music, and recreation through Connect- 123’s program.


Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Communication
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Ethics/Cultural competency
  • Adaptability/Multitasking
  • CENA
  • Phlebotomy
  • Research
  • Teamwork

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