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Year-round Staff, Volunteers and Interns

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The R.I.S.E. program utilizes part time/variable staff to support many of its programs. Our variable staff come from a variety of backgrounds and many have full time jobs, working/volunteering for R.I.S.E. in their spare time. Without their support, many programs could not function.


Are you interested in volunteering for the R.I.S.E. program? Many of our programs are supported by volunteers interested in building community and learning more about working with people with disabilities. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities in the R.I.S.E. program, including our dance the third Friday of every month.

Find out more by using the Quick Links to the right to explore ongoing volunteer opportunities.


Therapeutic Recreation Internship

The City of Lakewood’s Therapeutic Recreation Department offers an internship experience focused on community-based Therapeutic Recreation services. The intern will assist in providing goal-oriented leisure programs for individuals with disabilities ranging in age from 6 through adult, including but not limited to athletic opportunities, specialty classes, social engagements, community outings, and a summer day-camp. This internship experience will address all NCTRC Job Task Analysis areas through various areas of programming and prepare interns for both the NCTRC Certification Exam as well as entry-level Therapeutic Recreation positions.

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Internship Structure

Term: Spring (Jan/Feb-May) Summer (May-Aug)
Application Window: September 1-15 January 1-15


Length of Internship: 15 weeks, 40 hours per week (total 600 hours)

Internship Supervisor: Full-time CTRS (Meets all NCTRC site supervisor standards)


Note: Interns are hired with the City of Lakewood for minimum wage. Interns are covered by workman’s compensation for on the job injury or illness. Interns are strongly encouraged to carry their own medical and liability insurance. Interns are eligible for mileage reimbursement when using their own vehicles to transport themselves in between sites.


Applicants must:


  • Current be a senior in the process of obtaining a degree from an accredited college or university in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education, Adaptive Physical Education, or a related field and working to complete NCTRC requirements.
  • Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in Therapeutic Recreation coursework.



How to Apply for a Lakewood Therapeutic Recreation Internship


Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. MT on January 15.


The application process consists of a general application and supplemental questions and will also require the attachment of a cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be screened and reviewed for eligibility. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email. 


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Please note that applicants must pass a background check prior to being offered a position with the City of Lakewood Therapeutic Recreation program. Summer Interns will be required to complete and pass additional paperwork as mandated by the State of Colorado for Child Care Licensing.


Please contact the Therapeutic Recreation Department at or 303-987-4867 for more information.


Contact Information:

R.I.S.E. Staff
Direct: 303-987-4867 | Email:

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