Internship Spotlight: Liz Crandall

Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership Major | Think Wild Intern

When wild animals get injured, Think Wild’s wildlife hospital on Bend’s east side rehabilitates them to be released back into the wild. “It’s important for wildlife to have a voice in conservation,” said tourism, recreation and adventure leadership major Liz Crandall. As a Think Wild intern, she fed, medicated and monitored animals ranging from songbirds to owls to skunks. About thirty percent of the animals have a good prognosis. “In the future, when I’m helping people enjoy the outdoors, I want to be more than just a guide,” said Liz. “I want people to have a richer understanding of the space they are in.”

The TRAL Internship Program

A vital feature of this major is your internship, which you spend working for a company or agency in the field of tourism, recreation, or adventure leadership. All TRAL majors complete an internship experience as part of your degree requirements.

The TRAL internship program is designed to combine academic preparation with practical experience by offering a jointly sponsored and supervised learning experience. The TRAL program works with businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to facilitate important professional development. Internship opportunities are not limited to Oregon — students can complete their internship anywhere in the world!

Use the information below to prepare for and begin your internship. 

Courses Progression

TRAL 270 or ALS 299

Pre-Internship Seminar

Explores professions and internship preparation

Pre-req for Internship

1 credit
Offered every term

TRAL 410

Internship Experience

In-depth field experience to apply skills and knowledge

6 -16 credits* or 
180 - 480 hours
Offered every term
*credits can be split over multiple terms

TRAL 410 Process and Timeline

Students are responsible for researching sites that interest you and provide the experience you are seeking. If you need assistance finding an internship site, please set up a meeting with the Experiential Learning Coordinator or your Faculty Internship Supervisor.

Step 1

2 Terms in Advance

Step 2

1-2 Terms in Advance

Step 3

1 Term in Advance
  • Email 2-3 Internship Sites; explain interest, attach resume & cover letter
  • Schedule Interviews
  • Write Learning Objectives

Step 4

10-15 Weeks Before Starting Internship
  • Choose your site
  • Start background check, if required

Step 5

5-10 Weeks Before Starting Internship

Step 6

2-5 Weeks Before Starting Internship
  • Finalize schedule with site
  • Review Canvas course
  • Rock your internship!

Internship Site Information for Employers

Interesting in hosting an intern? Find employer information here.


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