Located in beautiful North Lake Tahoe, at Alpine Meadows ski resort, Achieve Tahoe is a non-profit organization that leads the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities. Our mission is to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health, confidence, and independence.  Founded in 1967, we are one of the leading adaptive snowsports programs, led by a professional, dedicated, and experienced staff. Currently we operate our snowsports programs at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, and Sugar Bowl Resorts.

Winter interns are involved in all aspects of our adaptive snowsports program. Off the hill, interns conduct outreach, fundraising, and other administrative projects. 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 exam. We encourage anyone with a focus (academic or otherwise) in recreation therapy, recreation management, adaptive physical education, outdoor leadership, health sciences, or other related fields to apply. 

Testimonials coming soon!

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.

Who should apply to become an intern?

We encourage anyone with an interest in recreation therapy, adaptive physical education, outdoor leadership, health sciences, or other related fields to apply. Any individuals currently enrolled in college courses, recently graduated, or experienced professionals looking to gain exposure to a new career or field are also strongly encouraged 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. Please take this information into consideration when applying.

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 pro-deals on gear and equipment
  • 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 Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts
  • Unforgettable hands-on experience

To apply for this position, please:

  1. Send a cover letter and resume to Laurel Howe at [email protected]
  2. Complete an online application.

If you have any questions, please call (530) 581-4161 x11 or email [email protected].