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Company/Organization: Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center


What is the BOEC?
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.
Extraordinary things happen here at the BOEC. A man with quadriplegia finds the courage and patience to take on the high ropes course, a woman who is blind feels the thrill of carving down some fresh powder, a group of teenage boys learn what it means to work hard as they set fence ties on a desert farm in Utah – these are mere glimpses of what happens at the BOEC. For more than 35 years, the BOEC has been changing lives, or more accurately, showing people they have the power within themselves to change their own lives.

Becoming a BOEC Winter Intern
The BOEC’s Internship Program is designed to provide opportunities for individuals interested in Outdoor/Experiential Education, Therapeutic Recreation, and Recreation Management to gain professional experience and knowledge in this growing field. Interns get hands on experience in all aspects of programming and have the opportunity to expand their soft and hard skills. The Winter Internship runs from November 1st through April 30th.
Winter interns make a six month commitment, working primarily for the Adaptive Ski Program based at Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. 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.
During the winter, 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.
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, adaptive skiing/snowboarding, recreational therapy, and recreation management.


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

Paid Internship Info:

$100 stipend/month, Room and Board @ski-in-ski-out




November 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019

Start Date:

November 1st, 2018

End Date:

October 30th, 2019, April 30th, 2019

September 1, 2018
adaptive  sports  ski  snowboard  recreation  outdoor  education  internship  Colorado 
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