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Adaptive Ski Program Intern

The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) provides skiing and snowboarding lessons for people with disabilities and other special needs. We host adaptive skiing and snowboarding lessons at BreckenridgeKeystone (Keystone Adaptive Center), and Copper Mountain Ski Resorts. BOEC is known for its highly personalized custom skiing and snowboarding experiences. We view skiing and snowboarding as sports that can – and should – be enjoyed by all!

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 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 needs-based scholarship is available per term and can be discussed during the hiring process.

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. Above all, the BOEC is looking to create an intern staff that is self-motivated, takes initiative, and has some experience working with people with disabilities and special needs. 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 people. This internship program is looking for applicants who either have a college degree or are in the process of earning a college degree.

The application deadline is September 1st with the application link below.

Application Link: https://boec.accountsx.com/?nav=internApplication.php

Reach out to Kathleen Booth, Internship Program Manager with questions at