We are currently accepting applications for our winter 2021-2022 internship.
Winter 2021-2022 Internship dates: December 1st, 2021 – April 30th, 2022
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.
“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, 2019-2020 Intern
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
We encourage anyone 18 or over with an interest in adaptive snowsports to apply!
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.
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.
This is not a paid internship. However, interns receive a small reimbursement to assist with living expenses.
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.
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 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.