Currently accepting applications for our 2022-2023 winter internship.

Winter interns are involved in all aspects of our adaptive snowsports program. On the hill, interns learn how to teach adaptive snowsports and are encouraged to take the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Alpine and Adaptive Level 1 exams. Off the hill, interns conduct outreach, fundraising, and other administrative projects. We encourage anyone with an interest in adaptive snowsports to apply. 


Brian, 2007-2008 intern

Hometown: Rock Springs, Wyoming
Current Employment: Firefighter

I learned that no matter who you work with you will learn something from that person. Every person has something to share and if you keep an open mind and positive attitude you will benefit from spending time with them, and hopefully you might be able to share some tiny bit of information with them too. In my current job I go into everyday knowing that I will gain knowledge and understanding from everyone I encounter and hopefully that will make me better at what I’m doing now.

Brian tethering a bi-ski on a sit-ski lesson

McKenzie, 2019-2020 intern

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
Current Employment: Medical Student

As an intern with Achieve Tahoe, I learned how to understand and communicate with those around me, especially those individuals with disabilities. I loved meeting all the participants and their families. Often, we worked with the same participant multiple times and were able to build a relationship with them. I am currently in my first year of medical school, hoping to go into Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or Neurology, and I can confidently say that my experience at Achieve Tahoe positively shaped the person and physician that I will be someday.

McKenzie leading a stand-up ski lesson

Taylor, 2020-2021 intern

Hometown: Flint, Michigan
Current Employment: Program Coordinator at Outdoors for All

Being an intern at Achieve taught me so many valuable lessons and helped me gain a skill set that has allowed me to continue my journey of having a career in adaptive sports. The knowledge and experience you gain while interning with Achieve is unlike any other internship out there; not to mention you leave with friendships and memories that will last a lifetime!

Taylor leading a snowboard lesson

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Achieve Tahoe have an internship program during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Achieve Tahoe plans to have an internship program for the winter of 2021-22, but this is dependent upon ski area operations, current CDC health guidelines, and participant willingness, among other things. The safety of our participants, staff, volunteers, and interns is of the utmost importance, and this priority will inform all decisions regarding operations and programming, including the internship program.

What is the Achieve Tahoe internship program?

Our internship program is designed to involve our team of interns in all aspects of our adaptive snowsports program. Typically, there will be a team of 4 interns. Interns play a fundamental role in the execution of the day-to-day operations including teaching adaptive snowsports, completing administrative projects, and participating in outreach and fundraising efforts. This program will provide interns with a real-world, hands-on learning experience while expanding their professional technical skills and refining their people skills. This program does NOT fulfill the requirements for a recreation therapy internship; however, it can be used for college credit.

Who should apply to become an intern?

We encourage anyone 18 or over with an interest in adaptive snowsports to apply!

When are internships offered?

Our internships will begin December 1st and last through April 30th. Due to the nature of our business, this commitment will require interns to remain at work during the holidays. Similarly, this internship is a full-time commitment and will not leave time for part-time, or outside work.

What does a typical work week for an intern look like?

A typical week for an intern will include the following responsibilities: teaching adaptive snowsports lessons, participating in on-hill and indoor clinics, assisting at various fundraising events, and maintenance of program equipment and the program center. This placement is a full-time, 40 hour/week internship. Interns will typically have two consecutive weekdays off (TBD). The work day is normally 8 am to 5 pm.

Do interns get paid?

This is not a paid internship. However, interns receive a small reimbursement to assist with living expenses.

Is housing included?

Yes! Housing is provided for the team of interns for the duration of the internship. Living with other interns presents a unique experience for personal growth and team building on a new level. Due to COVID-19, all interns will have a private bedroom.

Are there intern benefits?

Interns at Achieve Tahoe will receive numerous benefits throughout the duration of the season. Some of these benefits include:

  • Support and guidance on your path to becoming a certified ski instructor through an in-house PSIA process
  • Access to equipment and special promotions
  • Clinics to improve your technical skiing knowledge and ability to teach a wide variety of people
  • Adaptive instructor training in multiple disciplines
  • A season pass to Palisades Tahoe ski resort (Includes access to Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows)
  • Unforgettable hands-on experience

Fill out our online application and our team will reach out to you within a week concerning next steps in the application process.

If you have any questions, please contact our internship program coordinator, Laurel Howe, at [email protected] or (530) 581-4161 x11.

Meet the 2021-2022 Interns!

Caroline O.
Hometown: Healdsburg, CA

Before joining Achieve Tahoe, I was a winemaking intern at E. & J. Gallo Winery. I graduated in the spring of 2021 from Duke University where I studied neuroscience, public policy, and creative writing. While at Duke, I was also a four-year member of the varsity rowing team. I grew up skiing in Tahoe, and those days on the slopes became the source of a lot of my confidence. I am so excited for the opportunity to share my love for the sport and support Achieve Tahoe’s athletes this winter. See you out there!

Nick R.
Hometown: Oakland, CA

After graduating high school in 2012, I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. During my time in the Marine Corps, I deployed three times holding various positions leading Marines, as well as repairing and flying on helicopters. After almost 9 years of service, I was honorably discharged in April of 2021. I am now enrolled at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill where I’m studying Public Health and Physiology. This past summer I volunteered with Achieve Tahoe at Sierra Summer Sports, and going into winter I’m excited to get on the slopes and continue making a positive impact on our participants’ experiences!

Rachel P.
Hometown: Reno, NV

I received a Bachelors in Journalism and a Masters in Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), all while a discus and hammer thrower on the Track and Field Team. While at UNR, I worked in the Disability Resource Center and led an initiative for specialized graduate student mental health resources. After graduating, I continued my love for philosophy and sports at Penn State University in the History and Philosophy of Sport program. This year, I decided to return to the west coast and combine my passions for sport and student accessibility by interning for Achieve Tahoe. I am ecstatic to work with diverse participants and assist in their snowsports experiences, while also enriching my own snowsports knowledge by working with both the participants and the Achieve Tahoe staff.