Post a Job Opening
Thank you for your interest in hiring our students. We are in the process of transitioning to a new system, HireAggies, for posting jobs. This system can be used to post internships, part-time, seasonal, and full-time jobs for current and former students. The system is maintained by our Career Center office on campus ( https://careercenter.tamu.edu/employers ) and, once you set up a profile, you will also have access to scheduling services for any time you want to come to campus to recruit. They can help you reserve a table, if you want to hand out information to students, or to schedule a room for informationals and interviews.
In order to get started, just click here to create your profile by clicking the Employer button and follow the prompts. It can take 24-48 hours to get your profile approved and then you will be able to log in and start posting your available positions. If you have any issues, please email email@example.com or call 979-845-5139 for assistance.
You will want to specify that you are looking for RPTS majors. So, as our students seek out jobs in their major, your position will be shown to them.
Host an Intern
Each undergraduate RPTS major is required to complete an internship prior to graduation. Interns must work for an organization related to parks, recreation, community development, youth, conservation, event coordination and/or tourism for a minimum of 400 hours (currently this is reduced to 300 hours for the 6-credit internship until our pandemic policy expires in May 2022). Their positions may be paid or unpaid (or a combination of paid and unpaid duties). However, we discourage students from accepting unpaid positions with for-profit companies and will not post such listings. Seasonal positions such as camp staff, resort staff, events assistants, and other titles may serve as internships.
Paid vs. unpaid internships
Most students (approximately 90%) receive wages, housing, and/or meals from their host organization during their internships. Others are able to manage the costs without remuneration in exchange for a rewarding work experience. The students must register and pay for credits at Texas A&M, as well as handling their living expenses, so most find paid positions which meet their educational goals when possible. If your (nonprofit or publid agency) organization can provide a rewarding internship, but is unable to pay a student, we invite you to post the position with us – there may be a student with fewer financial constraints seeking the kind of experience you can provide.
Students take many required core foundation courses, and select certificates with focused courses in these areas: Recreation and Park Administration, Tourism Management, Parks and Conservation, Youth Development, Event Management and Hospitality Management. Faculty engage our students in interactive courses, preparing them to make significant contributions to employers and their professions.
In a note for intern Matt Shelley, Supervisor Chris True from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department wrote,
“Thank you for all your efforts over the past couple of weeks! You have been a pleasure to work with and have been an extremely valuable addition to our team. Your flexibility, attention to detail, and constant professional demeanor/attitude are very refreshing and appreciated. You are certainly on your way to a very successful Park Career! Keep up the good work!”
Gabrielle Hodges received the following comments in her final evaluation by Liz Jones with the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge:
“Gabrielle carried a full load throughout her internship. She was involved in public programming, both environmental education and interpretation; she assisted with an oral history project; she searched the archives for information that will be used in the development of the Cache River Wetlands Center; and when needed on a moments notice, she was available and handled herself very professionally. If a full-time position was available, Gabrielle would be at the top of the list.”