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Practicum Program

Here at Rocky Mountain Adaptive, we aim to provide opportunities for students interested in adaptive sports and recreation, fundraising, development, marketing and more.

Student Placements with RMA

Our Practicum Students (Interns) gain professional experience and knowledge in these fields with hands on experience in all aspects of programming and have the opportunity to expand their people and technical skills. Positions range from part-time (as little as ten hours/week) to full time positions (three to four months).

Placements may be catered to your interest and schedule availability. While there are many varied positions listed below, if you have a particular field of interest, please let us know upon application. Positions may be adapted to suit each students need and requirements. Vulnerable sector checks are required for many positions.

Locations

Rocky Mountain Adaptive is based in Canmore in the summer (May – September) and at Sunshine Village, Banff in the winter (November – May). While we prefer individuals taking part in our practicums to be able to spend physical time with us in our activities, we understand that travel can be difficult. Depending on the role chosen, many of our students may choose to take part in their practicum remotely. If this is the case, please make sure to mention this at the initial application.

Role Requirements

Good computer skills, Microsoft Word/Excel. Ability to problem solve. Work as part of a team and independently. Quick learner. Good oral and written communication skills. Competent organisational and time management skills. As an organisation that continually adapts, we expect all our students to do the same. External factors outside of our control may cause your chosen role to be altered. You may also be asked to help out in areas other than your agreed scope where needed.

U of A, U of C, and MRU

Applicants may apply directly through their university, if available, and view the our current placement vacancies. Upon application, students will be required to submit their cover letter and resume. Once received, applicants will then be required to complete a short informal interview with Rocky Mountain Adaptive. Placements/work experience periods range from 10 days – 6 months, and may be adapted to suit the applicants experience and abilities.

Other Universities

We welcome applications from those enrolled at any other university or college. Applicants will need to make their own arrangements with their university/college in order to take part in a placement with us. After contacting us to confirm your interest in working with us, we will then arrange an interview to make sure applicants are the right fit. Applicants will need to secure their own accommodation, and visas (if required). Placements/work experience periods range from 1 – 6 months, and may be adapted to suit the applicants experience and abilities.

International Students

We welcome students from all over the world! We are unable to provide financial support to international students. This includes help with accommodation and visa costs. Applicants must check on any necessary visas that may be needed depending how official your ‘education component’ is and how this falls within the Canadian Visa and immigration requirements. As RMA is unfamiliar with visa requirements in different countries, it is up to the applicant to research the correct paperwork required.

Opportunities

Applications are accepted after posted deadlines, but positions may be limited. After deadline dates have passed, prospective applicants will be contacted to arrange an informal interview. Browse the job opportunities below for our most current positions. We welcome applicants who are looking to take part in alternative variations of our placement opportunities.

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Interested in applying? Fill out the form below and be sure to mention the following in your comments:

  • proposed start and end date
  • hours per week availability
  • why you would like to complete a placement with RMA
  • any skills that you wish to progress
  • any activities that you would like to take part in
  • other pertinent information
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Testimonials

Success stories from those who have taken part in practicum placements with RMA.

Matthew Murphy

Spring Practicum

It feels like yesterday that I had to say goodbye to Canmore and my new set of friends. This past summer in Canmore was a truly eye-opening experience into not only the beauty of the Canadian Rockies but also the importance that adaptive sport provides to different families and individuals. The summer team bonded and worked cohesively well on numerous occasions throughout the summer. I think the main reason why we bonded so well is that we all loved our job and but more importantly the core values behind RMA.

Coming back home and then to Bishop’s, many people have asked me “how was your summer?”. I’ve had a hard time putting into words how extraordinary my summer experience was, mainly because I did so many different activities on a daily basis. I’ve told many friends and family that “ I had an Internship Opportunity with a niche Non-Profit organization that removes barriers to make outdoor activities accessible to individuals with Neurodivergent and Physical disabilities”

What we do at RMA is something special and unlike many other organizations. We remove barriers for people to access sports, which instills hope, new passions, and personal development. I think the most rewarding aspect of my summer was getting to witness the personal growth and development of numerous participants but also our staff team as a whole. Not only am I very proud to say that I worked at RMA, but I genuinely loved my job and the team
around me. I’ve always been told that when you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life. Thank you for showing me the importance of adaptive sport and the potential for the future.