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.

Please contact Avery Kernan, Apprentice Program Coordinator, at akernan@hminet.org or 719-486-8200 x 108 with questions or to have a conversation.

Watch a recording of our most recent webinar to learn more about the HMI Apprentice Program and hear from a recent Apprentice Alumni.

Of note, we offer an Apprentice of Color scholarship which fully covers tuition. Please email Avery Kernan at akernan@hminet.org for more information.  




Click here to access the Apprentice Program online application.

Applications for Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 are due on February 15, 2021

A completed online application includes the following:

  • General information questions
  • Resume
  • A completed essay
  • List of 2 references

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. 

2021-2022 dates

Fall Semester: July 30, 2021 – December 18, 2021
Spring Semester: January 9, 2022 – May 30, 2022

Tuition & Affordability

  • $5,000 per Semester
  • Cost includes room & board, all class materials, and wilderness gear rental
  • AmeriCorps awards accepted and graduate credit offered

Financial Aid

HMI recognizes that the cost of the Apprentice Program is significant. As a result, HMI subsidizes the program to keep costs down and attempts to make the Apprentice Program affordable for all accepted apprentices, regardless of their financial circumstances. In offering aid, we hope to attract apprentices from a wide range of economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds. You will find the financial aid form within the application.

As noted above, we offer an Apprentice of Color scholarship which fully covers tuition, but is not a need-based scholarship. Please email Avery Kernan at akernan@hminet.org for more information.

The financial aid application is also due on February 15th, 2021 and can be emailed to Avery Kernan at akernan@hminet.org