Internships & Opportunities

In addition to fieldwork, students must also complete 70 hours of professional development or volunteer experiences in connection with therapeutic recreation. Internships allow you to fulfill your major requirements while also helping you develop the hands-on experience that makes you more attractive to potential employers.

Temple students have interned or volunteered at

  • American DanceWheels Foundation,
  • Chinatown Medical Services,
  • Nationalities Service Center,
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health,
  • Philadelphia Autism Project,
  • Philadelphia Public Health Department,
  • Public Health Management Corp.,
  • SPIN Inc.,
  • Temple University Health System and
  • Widener Memorial School.

School Partnerships and Associations

The College of Public Health faculty and students are active in the community and in research efforts, working with government, corporate, social service and other organizations to promote better health outcomes among all social groups. Some of our partnerships include:

  • The Church of the Advocate,
  • Beamz Interactive, Inc.,
  • Bounce Out the Stigma,
  • Chinatown Learning Center,
  • Chinatown Medical Services,
  • Elwyn,
  • Mayor's Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic,
  • National Institutes for Health,
  • National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Disability Research,
  • Norristown Community Square Alliance,
  • North Inc.,
  • Philadelphia 76ers and
  • Public Health Management Corporation.


Therapeutic Recreation students are encouraged to participate in research as an activity that refines their clinical skills and promotes an interest in pursuing graduate studies. Research centers include the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, where researchers work to identify and develop remedies for the physical, social, psychological and other types of barriers that may prevent people with disabilities from achieving full, active participation in community life.

Learn more about the College of Public Health’s research centers.

Research Funding

In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed the university among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.


By earning a bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation, you can go on to pursue a career as a practitioner or graduate studies that may lead to a research career in academia. Visit the Career Center to get guidance on finding the right career and landing employment after graduation.


Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Therapeutic Recreation Major may include the following examples.


Median Salary*

Amusement & Recreation Attendants


Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, & Other Recreational Protective Service Workers


Marriage & Family Therapists


Massage Therapists


Occupational Therapists


Occupational Therapy Aides


Physical Therapist Aides


Physical Therapist Assistants


Physical Therapists


Radiation Therapists


Recreation & Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary


Recreation Workers


Recreational Therapists


Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians


* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).