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Parks, Recreation and Tourism Undergraduate Program

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Dept. of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
School of Natural Resources
105d Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Bldg.
Columbia, MO 65211
Dept. Phone: 573-882-7086
Fax: 573-882-9526
Department Chair: David R. Vaught, Ph.D.
 
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Whether it's summer camp for the kids, an exclusive resort getaway for Mom and Dad, or a vacation for the entire family, the demand for high-quality, well-managed recreation facilities and programs continues to grow worldwide.

If you're interested in learning how to design, promote, operate and evaluate quality recreation experiences to meet diverse consumer demands, then consider a career in parks, recreation and tourism.

The Parks, Recreation and Tourism program offers emphasis areas in:

Career Opportunities

A bachelor of science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the School of Natural Resources will provide you with all of the skills you will need to succeed in a wide variety of PRT careers.

PRT students attending the St. Louis Rams Sports and Entertainment Career Fair
 
PRT students attending the St. Louis Rams Sports and Entertainment Career Fair
PRT students at the Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs
 
PRT students at the Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs
 

You can individualize your degree program by choosing from three emphasis areas - Leisure Service Management, Natural Resources Recreation Management, or Sport Management – that prepare you for the career field that most interests you. Some careers and/or companies you might consider include:

Leisure Service Management Camp Supervisor Theme Parks
Recreation Programmer Campus Recreation
Golf Course Manager Non for Profits (YMCA)
Resort Recreation Specialist Military Recreation (MWR)
Playground Sales Manager Race Management (5k's)
Campus Recreation Director
Natural Resources Recreation Management Park Ranger National Park Service
Education/Outreach US Forest Service
Naturalist State Parks
Outdoor Skills Specialist US Army Corps of Engineers
Program Supervisor Local parks and Recreation Departments
Trails Coordinator
Sport Management Sport Marketing Professional Teams
Athlete Agent Collegiate Athletics
Facility Manager Governing Bodies
Statistician Sporting Goods Corps.
Public Relations Manager Media Outlets
Ticket Office Manager
Tourism Management Travel Agent Resorts
Tour Guide Conventions and Visitors Bureau
Marketing Coordinator State Tourism Agency
Event Planner Travel Agency
Cruise Director Private Group Tour Companies
Hotel General Manager

Research/Internship Opportunities

PRT student Erika Lorenz at Mizzou Network.
 
PRT student Erika Lorenz at Mizzou Network.
PRT student Patrick Logel at Chesterfield Parks and Recreation.
 
PRT student Patrick Logel at Chesterfield Parks and Recreation.
 

As a leisure service management, natural resources recreation management, or sport management student, your chances to gain real-world field experience through internship are almost limitless.

Each PRT student completes a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks in a professional capstone internship prior to graduation. This hands-on training allows you to apply the lessons of your academic curriculum to professional practice. Often, this experience is a key link to future career opportunities.

MU PRT students have completed internships with a wide variety of local, state, and federal agencies; private and nonprofit foundations; resort and convention sites; professional sport organizations.

For more information on the capstone internship please visit: PRT 4940: Parks Recreation and Tourism Internship

Students may also complete an experience internship for professional elective credit in semesters prior to the capstone internship. The experience internships can be completed for 1-3 credit(s). Those wishing to utilize the experience internship course will need to contact their advisor or the internship coordinator.

To find out about internship openings, follow: @MUinternshipPRT

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