The Winter Internship runs from November 1st through April 30th.
Winter interns make a six-month commitment, working primarily for the Adaptive Ski Program at the Breckenridge and/or Keystone Ski Resorts. After an intense month-long training, the interns become an integral part of the ski office, first as assistant instructors and quickly advancing to primary instructors for people with various disabilities. This internship, although incredibly rewarding and educational, is physically and mentally demanding. Interns may spend their day helping students get on and off the lift, as well as introducing them to adaptive skiing or helping them improve their current skills.
Each internship location provides unique experiences in addition to the usual day-to-day. During the winter, Breckenridge interns also facilitate wilderness courses with various groups. These courses require interns to be involved in preplanning, such as course design and food shopping, as well as group facilitation, team-building exercises, and participation on the BOEC ropes course or high and low elements. When on the course, interns and other BOEC staff remain with participants twenty-four hours. As a smaller program than our Breckenridge operation, the Keystone internship can potentially offer more opportunities to work one-on-one with supervisors to hone the unique skills of adaptive snow sports instruction. However, Keystone Ski Resort has more challenging terrain than our other program sites, so we prefer that interns at this location possess intermediate to advanced skiing skills prior to their internship.
Although the Winter Internship requires a long commitment and hard work outdoors during the cold months in Breckenridge, many former interns have used this experience to further their careers in experiential/outdoor education and adaptive skiing/snowboarding. Opportunities exist for interns to become certified through the Professional Ski Instructors of America in adaptive teaching. Additionally, BOEC understands that living in a mountain community can add financial strain to some. In acknowledgment of these circumstances, winter season benefits include:
– Full room and board
– Monthly stipend at $150 per month
– Two-mountain ski pass (Breckenridge and Keystone)
– Full-season equipment rentals including: skis/snowboard, boots, poles, and a helmet
– A punch pass to the Breckenridge Recreation Center
– Access to outdoor brand Pro Deals
– **Needs-based scholarship available**
At BOEC, we embrace inclusion and diversity amongst our participants and we want our internship program to do the same. We encourage interns to apply from all backgrounds to reflect the diverse outdoor community we are a part of and to expand the accessibility of the outdoors to all, personally and professionally. For this reason, an additional need-based scholarship is available per term and can be discussed during the hiring process.

Tagged as: Full Time, Ski Industry, Teaching/Education, Therapeutic Counselors


All interns must be at least twenty-one years of age, have health insurance coverage for the length of the internship, and the ability to commit to an entire season.

Required Skills:

Above all, the BOEC is looking to create an intern staff that is self-motivated and takes initiative. All interns must have a strong sense of hard work, flexibility, a love of the outdoors, an open mind, and a love for working with individuals with functional differences or disabilities.

About Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center

Located in Breckenridge, Colorado, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand the potential of people with disabilities through meaningful, educational, and inspiring outdoor experiences. The BOEC began back in 1976 with a staff that consisted of volunteers only, gear that came from their closets, and food that was donated or provided by participants. The BOEC has come a long way since then. The BOEC offers Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding, Wilderness Courses (on-site as well as mobile courses) and a unique Internship Program. Situated on 39 acres, the BOEC Wilderness Site boasts a climbing wall, a high ropes course, high and low team initiatives, rafts, canoes, sea kayaks, cabins, a teepee, and much more, as resources for experiential education.

Application Instructions

Visit our website at www.boec.org/internships Click apply now under application.

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