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THINK…… Colorado, Fun, New People, Ropes Course, Camping, Skiing, Climbing, White Water Rafting, Experience, and Challenge!!

The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center’s Internship Program is designed to provide opportunities for individuals interested in Outdoor/ Experiential Education, Therapeutic Recreation, and Recreation Management to gain professional experience and knowledge in this growing field. Interns get hands on experience in all aspects of programming and have the opportunity to expand their soft (people) skills as well as hard (technical) skills.

There are 2 internships offered: summer term and winter term.

If this interests you, please look on the other pages of this website for more information. Each internship has its own description.

Click on the link below for the Internship Application Form. Fill it out online or download and fax or email it to me and I will get back to you as soon as I can. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at

Application deadlines:

Yes I want to be a BOEC intern! Apply Now!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kat Booth, CTRS
Internship Program Coordinator, 970-453-0146 


“I assisted a student with a brain injury climb the wall for 45 minutes. I was sweating, tired, and shaking, but when he rang the bell at the top and yelled, my world changed forever.”

– Ashley, Summer Intern

Meet the 2018 Winter Interns


Austin Jones

Hello! My name is Austin Jones and I am from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a degree in Biomolecular Science and have worked in healthcare for the past two years on both the corporate and clinical side. My most fulfilling position was as a personal caregiver, where I realized my passion is for working with others and passing along my characteristic optimism. As a child I spent my summers sailing throughout the Great Lakes and my winters skiing in Vermont, and thus, the outdoors have always been an important part of my life. My other favorite hobbies include fly fishing, backpacking, cycling, running, rock climbing, mountaineering, and rafting. I couldn’t be more excited to join the BOEC team in order to further explore the field of adaptive recreation and to impact the lives of everyone we work with!  



Haley White

Hello, my name is Haley! Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I have always loved green chili and the arid mountains of the Southwest. I graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 2017 with a degree in Sociology and International Relations. Since graduating, I have lived in the European Alps, Santiago, Chile, as well as Nashville, TN. I grew up loving the outdoors, and I was lucky enough to have the opportunities to go hiking, camping and skiing regularly. I have pursued my love of the outdoors my whole life, completing a NOLS course in Wyoming, leading trips for the Bowdoin College Outing Club, as well as working for Overland Summers for three years leading backpacking trips around the world. I love cooking, doing puzzles, whitewater kayaking, and most of all backpacking. I think that being outdoors allows for a renewed appreciation and understanding of self, as well as the simple happiness that is brought from fresh air and nature. I am so excited to learn from and work for the BOEC in sharing that opportunity with individuals who may otherwise face challenges accessing these outdoor spaces.



Jack Thompson

Hi all! My name is Jack Thompson and I am from the small but beautiful town of Port Huron, Michigan. I graduated from the University of Michigan two years ago, and have been working  working and living in Austin, Texas ever since. However I knew I wanted to move to the mountains and began looking for a way I could do this, as well as make a difference. I was very blessed to find an opportunity like this to believe in and encourage others to fill incredible outdoor experiences. I am extremely excited to live in Breckenridge and learn from everyone at the BOEC. I grew up skiing in Michigan (the hills) and am very enthusiastic about spending time in the wild. Amongst many hobbies I love to fish, I have made many trips and two summers ago I worked at a fishing lodge in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Looking forward to meeting everyone!




Graciana Wood 

I’m Grace and I’m coming from Durango, Colorado, but originally from San Antonio, Texas. I found myself at the BOEC after studying Speech Therapy in college. Although I’m new to snow sports, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the mountains in the summer with a backpack and hiking boots. I’m spending my first winter up here learning to love the cold. I’m excited to blend my passion for teaching people with different kinds of abilities with outdoor education.






Christopher Tucci

Hey! My name is Chris Tucci and I’m from Pearl River, New York. I just graduated from Fordham University this past May with a degree in Engineering Physics, and after school I was looking for a change of pace. I have always loved the outdoors and spent a lot of my time growing up outside hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. I spent three winter seasons as a volunteer snowboard instructor at the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham NY. My love of the outdoors and my desire to continue teaching snow sports led me to apply as an intern for the BOEC. I’m very excited to be out here in Breckenridge, its long been a dream of mine to live in the rockies and ski everyday. I’m not sure what the future holds for me after my time as a BOEC intern, but I’m excited to learn a lot and make the most of my experience here in Breck!




Emily Repka

Hey there! My name is Emily Repka and I am from the Sunshine City – St. Petersburg, Florida. I have recently graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Psychology. Given my passion for and understanding of the science of exercise, my love for the great outdoors, and my experiences assisting those with special needs, I know that the BOEC is the place for me! A few things you should know about me are that while at home, I love to be outside and in the water as often as I can either kayaking, fishing, swimming, or surfing with my pals. I additionally am very into arts and crafts – painting, knitting, scrapbooking – you name it! I am thrilled to be a part of the BOEC team and am looking forward to the growth I will experience being an instructor, the knowledge I will gain about adaptive sports, and the smiles I will spread to our participants and more!




William Targy

My name is Will Targy and I am currently a Junior at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. An Omaha native, I plan to major in Management with a focus on non-profits and/or adpative recreation. Outside of school I fill my time coaching cross-country, making awesome YouTube videos, and doing all things outdoors. Skiing being one of my favorites, I cannot wait to experience it with everyone who comes to the BOEC. Having spent half this year working at an adaptive camp in Texas, I am beyond excited to continue such work as a BOEC Winter Intern.






Kaelyn Williams

Hello! My name is Kaelyn Williams; I am from Minnesota, originally Golden Valley and later Duluth.  I graduated from the University of Minnesota- Duluth in 2016 and have my bachelor degrees in Environmental and Outdoor Education and Latin American Studies.  My most influential adaptive experiences include volunteering with the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program the past 11 winter seasons.  In free time, I am most likely to be found out exploring, baking or crafting.  Top favorites are trail running, cross country and downhill skiing, biking and gardening. I am excited to continue expanding my knowledge on adaptive sports this season with the BOEC!





Derick Byrd

Hi my name is Derick Byrd, and I’m a 23 year old from Champaign County, Ohio. I first got involved in the BOEC nine years ago with the Columbus Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Our group consisted of amputees who had lost their limbs as a result of having cancer. As a participant of the BOEC I learned to snowboard and my twin brother was taught how to ski. The impact the BOEC made on my life is almost indescribable, less than a year after my amputation they gave me the confidence to excel not only in snowboarding, but in athletics throughout my high school and collegiate career.






Brian Rubin

My name is Brian Rubin and I grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Soccer and the mountains (and the quality education of course) drew me out west for school, where I attended Colorado College for the last four years. Despite majoring in economics, during my junior year I began doing work in local schools as well as started leading outdoor trips for Colorado College students, fostering a deep passion for education in its various forms. While I hope to become a classroom teacher in the future, interning for the BOEC will help me blend my love of the outdoors with my excitement for education! I like to consider myself an easygoing and open minded person that takes pride in being able to laugh at myself! Besides the outdoors, other things I enjoy include chocolate milk, cooking and dancing to disco music.




Liam Matthews

Hi, I’m Liam. I’m 26 and I’ve come all the way from Reading, Berkshire, England to take part in this year’s Winter Internship Program at the BOEC. I’m a keen sportsman with a particular passion for cricket and football, however I have a wide interest in all types of physical activates. This led me to complete my first Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport and Exercise Science (University of Glamorgan, Wales) and it was here that I gained an interest in occupational health which inspired me to complete a second Degree in Occupational Therapy (University of Oxford Brookes). I am, now, a qualified Occupational Therapist in the UK. I have carried out placements working within a pediatric service delivering therapy for children and adolescents with severe to mild physical and learning difficulties. I also have experience working with adults in mental health and stroke rehabilitation. I have over 5 years experience as a Support Worker working with adults with physical and learning difficulties in the community. During this time I have completed coaching certificates in cricket, football and wheel chair basketball. In my free time I like to socialize with friends and I’m a keen musician, writing my own music and performing with two bands.




Samuel Pritchard


My Name is Sam Pritchard, I am super excited for this winter season although the climates slightly different- I’ve traveled 4,610 miles from sea level in Swansea, South Wales, United Kingdom to Breckenridge, CO which I will call home for the next 6 months. I graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2017 where I studied Biology with my thesis being in Mental Health. I have always been involved in sports and have been fortunate to play high-level rugby (like American Football but better). I love the outdoors, the sounds and pretty much everything about it and often find myself lost in the river, fly fishing or in the sea swimming. Since the age of 16, I’ve been a Beach Lifeguard working the beautiful beaches of South Wales. The future is uncertain but just looking forward to teaching and having an office in the mountains in Breck.




Julia Aaronson

I grew up in the Bay Area in California, and got my BS in Conservation Biology from UC Davis. I have been working as a botanist for the federal government (USGS, NPS) for several years. I get to hike and look at plants at work, which are two of my favorite activities. When not botanizing, I like rock climbing, backpacking, and have recently learned how to whitewater kayak. I am excited to learn how to teach skiing this winter as well as develop skills that will allow me to help everyone get outside and enjoy the outdoors!






Nicholas Melotte

I am Nicholas Melotte. I graduated from UW-Stevens Point, a school of roughly 10,000 kids in December of 2016 attaning a Social Science Degree with minors in Psychology and History. While attending school I was fortunate enough to be able to compete as a colligate runner! I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and was raised as a Packers fan! I find myself to be a rather outgoing person and enjoy being around people, especially in an outdoor setting! This past summer I was an intern for the BOEC summer program, I enjoyed what the BOEC did so much in the summer that I decided to stick around and learn a new set of winter skills. I am very excited to expand my knowledge with the winter sports we offer and continuing to work with the participants we serve.





Photos courtesy of Amanda Rush Photography 

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