Summer interns make a four-month commitment (May 15-September 30), working primarily for the Wilderness Program. During the first few days of the internship, interns are transformed into participants and take part in a mock course. This course gives them time to get to know one another and participate in some of the activities that are offered at the BOEC. Following the mock course, interns take part in 3 weeks of intense training. During this time interns learn their role within the BOEC and get a chance to develop the hard and soft skills needed to work here at the BOEC.
During the summer, interns become staff on Wilderness Programs. The responsibilities include planning, implementing/facilitating and evaluating the courses. Courses can range from one to fourteen days. They may be held at our wilderness site or in a mobile format (camping, canoeing, or rafting trips off the BOEC site). Participants on these programs include people of all ages and abilities. BOEC programs that interns may be involved in range from camps for children with sensory processing disorders, courses for youth or adults with visual impairments, programs for at-risk youth, week-long adventure camps for adults with traumatic brain injuries, a course for children with hemophilia or a course for adults with multiple sclerosis among many others. Interns are involved with course delivery from beginning to end. They play a role in planning the menu, pulling food, pulling necessary gear and equipment, facilitating the ropes course, canoeing, hiking, climbing, cycling and all activities while the participants are here, post course clean up, and evaluating the course at the end.
The amount of responsibility given to the interns depends on what each individual proves he or she can handle. Along with working wilderness courses, interns are provided with the opportunity to work with the operations manager, the administrative staff, and professional challenge courses.
The summer internship allows for interns to gain experience working in outdoor education, therapeutic recreation and working with people with disabilities, as well as a chance to take advantage of Colorado’s summer experience.