The WIU Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration is excited to partner with the Illinois Park and Recreation Association to support members' participation in the Summer Opportunities Fair!

Western Illinois University has expanded their spring job fair to the Summer Opportunities Fair and is welcoming employers representing park, recreation, conservation, forest preserves, event management, and camp organizations. The purpose of the Summer Opportunities Fair is to support employers' recruitment efforts, help students obtain worthwhile employment, and internship opportunities. Two fairs will be provided during the Spring 2022 semester, and both fairs are open to all student majors. 

IPRA will award scholarships to 25 applying agencies that employ at least one IPRA Professional member to participate in the Summer Opportunities Fair at no cost. Ten (10) scholarships will be awarded for the In-Person Fair, ten (10) scholarships will be awarded for the Virtual Fair, and five (5) scholarships will be awarded to agencies wishing to participate in both. Additionally, a select number of travel stipends will be raffled off to scholarship recipients traveling to WIU for the In-Person Fair.

Learn more about the Recruiter Experience and what to expect when attending one of these events. Applications must be completed by Friday, December 31, and scholarship recipients will be announced on Friday, January 7, 2022. The WIU team will work with member agencies to complete all remaining aspects of the registration process. For questions, contact Megan Owens, Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration, at [email protected], or IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at [email protected]


In-Person Summer Opportunities Fair
Thursday, February 17, 2022
WIU Union
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Scholarship Value - $75 (+ travel stipend)

Virtual Summer Opportunities Fair
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Virtual Platform: Handshake
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Scholarship Value - $50

Both: In-Person Virtual Summer Opportunities Fairs
Scholarship Value - $100