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.

Applications are due for the 2019-2020 school year on February 15th, 2019. Please contact Timbah Bell, Dean of the Apprentice Program, at or 719-486-8200 x108 with questions or to have a conversation.

Three Apprentice Program webinars are happening this fall:

Monday, November 5th from 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM MST — Sign up here
Wednesday, November 28th from 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM MST — Sign up here
Tuesday, December 11th from 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM MST — Sign up here

Please join to learn more about the HMI Apprentice Program during this forty-five minute informational and Q&A session.

HMI has visited the following schools for information sessions in past years:

2018 college visits will be announced in mid-October!

  • Williams College
  • University of Vermont
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Stanford University
  • Northwestern University
  • Dartmouth University
  • University of Mississippi


Click here to access the Apprentice Program online application.

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. 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.

2019-20 Dates

Fall Semester: August 2, 2019- December 19, 2019
Spring Semester: January 5, 2019- May 22, 2019


  • $4,765 per Semester
  • Cost includes room & board, all class materials, and wilderness gear rental
  • Financial aid is available
  • AmeriCorps awards accepted and graduate credit offered