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 Timbah Bell, Dean of the Apprentice Program, at or 719-486-8200 x108

Information Sessions

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of our information sessions. In 2016-17 we visited the following schools:

University of Vermont
Harvard University
University of Maine
Stanford University
University of New Hampshire
Dartmouth College
Northwestern University

Stay tuned for 2017-18 dates and details!

In addition, we will also host online information sessions that can be attended remotely. Details will be forthcoming on dates and information.


Click here to access the Apprentice Program online application (Available week of 9/25/17)

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.

2016-17 Dates

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