Official Technology Sponsor of Challenge Alaska

UAA Human Services Practicum Students

Challenge Alaska is a non-profit organization that provides adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation and education for people with disabilities. Students will have the opportunity to experience a small sampling of what Challenge Alaska has to offer. For over 30 years we have provided recreational based programming as well as leisure education in our community. Challenge Alaska works with each individual to help them gain the skills they need to recreate as independently as possible. At Challenge Alaska we believe that everyone, regardless of physical, mental or financial barriers should have the opportunity to experience the beauty and excitement of recreation.


Please note - human service students will be required by Challenge Alaska to complete their practicums in a compressed amount of time. A schedule will be developed that will allow the student to complete their required hours in a 6 week (or less) period.


Human Services Practicums:

We offer Practicum opportunities for students in the UAA Human Services Department. Each student will have the opportunity to experience a sampling of what Challenge Alaska has to offer, including:

  • Individual assessments
  • Developing goals and objectives
  • Facilitating programs in the community
  • Assessing individual progress/growth
  • Working with clients 1:1 and in groups
  • Be part of the day-to-day operations within Challenge Alaska's Anchorage office
  • Community outreach and education

Practicum students will also have the opportunity to participate in Challenge Alaska Special Events, such as the TGR Ski Film (October), our Charity Auction (February) and Snowblast (March).


Click here to download a copy of the Intern Job Description


All students will be under the Direct Supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS). Challenge Alaska has two Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists on staff, both with different roles and responsibilities. Both will help to provide development and growth for any and all students.


Important Dates:

  • Practicum hours are based on when programs are run. This will involve afternoons, evenings, and occasional weekends.
  • Practicum start dates are negotiable, based on school schedules and Challenge Alaska’s schedule.
  • We are currently accepting applications for winter 2012. Applications must be received by the following dates:






Winter 2014

October 28, 2013 (announcements made by mid November)

Fall 2014

April 6, 2014 (announcements made mid April)



  • Enrolled at University Alaska Anchorage in the Human Services Department
  • Availability during times Challenge Alaska programs are offered (programs are offered when convenient for our clientele)
  • A basic understanding of the TR Process and its application


First Step for Prospective Practicum Students: 

All prospective practicum students need to complete and send the application (below) to Challenge Alaska, along with the requirements listed on the application. Students who meet the requirements will be notified and an interview date will be set. Students selected to complete their practicum experience will be notified by the dates listed above. Additionally, the student must provide proof of the following before their start date:

  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Current CPR Certificate
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Proof of Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • Proof of recent TB test

Please note:

Please click here to download a copy of the application, complete the form, and mail to:

Challenge Alaska

Intern Coordinator

3350 Commercial Dr. Suite 208

Anchorage, AK 99501


After you have submitted your application or if you have questions not answered on this webpage, please contact:

Jeff Dick CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator
(907) 344-7270