Who should apply?

The Apprentice Program is for motivated college graduates seeking experience in the classroom, residential education, and wilderness. Students may choose to pursue graduate credit for their participation in the Apprentice Program.

Questions? Contact Carrie Mallozzi, Dean of the Apprentice Program, at or 719-486-8200 x108

Information Sessions

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of our information sessions. This year we will be visiting:

University of Vermont
Harvard University
University of Maine
Stanford University
University of New Hampshire
Dartmouth College
Northwestern University
Stay tuned for dates and details!

In addition, we will also host online information sessions on the following dates:
November 30 (8:00pm EST)
December 20 (9:00pm EST)
January 23 (7:30pm EST)



Click here to access the Apprentice Program online application

A completed online application includes the following:
  • General information questions
  • A completed essay
  • List of 2 references
  • Background check information

Note: you are able to begin your application and return to it at any point until you are ready to submit.


Accepted apprentices must provide proof of health insurance, current CPR, and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification by the time the program begins. The High Mountain Institute hosts Wilderness Medicine Institute WFA and WFR certification courses throughout the year. Click here to see a schedule of courses offered.


Application Deadline (for both Semesters): February 1, 2017
Fall Semester: August 3, 2017- December 18, 2017
Spring Semester: January 7, 2018- May 28, 2018


  • $4,625 per Semester
  • Cost includes room & board, all class materials, and wilderness gear rental
  • Financial aid is available
  • AmeriCorps awards accepted and graduate credit offered