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Summer and Winter Internships

The ASC is currently looking for a motivated individual interested in completing a programming internship with us for the summer 2014 season. For any questions please contact Ben at ben@adaptivesports.org or call (970) 349-5075. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. To apply please follow the link to the application.

The Adaptive Sports Center offers two different internship programs; one in the winter season and one in the summer season. The winter internship begins mid-December and ends in early April, with the summer internship beginning in late May and ending in mid-October. We require a season-long commitment during these times. 

The Adaptive Sports Center offers internships to students studying:

Community-Based Therapeutic Recreation
Outdoor Education
Recreation for Special Populations
Program Administration & Management
Psychology, Sociology and Physical Education
Journalism, Marketing and Communications
Nonprofit Management
Other related fields

Summer Internship Basic Job Description

The summer season begins mid-May and ends in mid-October.   Programming activities include ropes challenge course, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking.

Office Days
Interns will be scheduled to be in the office at least one day a week to learn daily office operations and to assure a smooth running program. Interns have the opportunity to learn what it takes to make a day run smoothly.

One of our major fundraising events, ASC’s Crested Butte Open is in early August.  Much of the season is spent soliciting donations and making contacts as well as organizing the event itself.  Staff, interns and volunteers help out to make this event a success

Intern housing is provided by the Adaptive Sports Center.  All interns will live together in the Adaptive Building located in the town of Crested Butte. The ASC will dictate the terms of the lease.  Intern housing is valued at $500/month with utilities included. Laundry is available on site. Interns will be asked to provide the ASC with a refundable security deposit of $600 each. The deposit check is held onto through the end of the season and will only be deposited if charges are acquired.


Intern Duties

Your internship will include but is not limited to the following experiences:

  • Attending training clinics addressing all adaptive activity disciplines
  • Assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating clients and activities for a wide range of abilities and backgrounds
  • General office work
  • Shadowing activities of all disciplines 
  • Assisting lead instructors on activities 
  • Instructing & guiding  activities
  • Leading and assisting with outdoor recreation and adventure activities
  • Planning, assisting, overseeing and chaperoning group and community programming 
  • Driving ASC vehicles
  • Maintaining and gaining technical experience with the different pieces of adaptive equipment 
  • Creating an intern project to be determined from your interests and the needs of the ASC
  • Assisting with administrative duties and program office duties
  • Gaining experience with the administrative aspects of fundraising 
  • Complete college/university assignments as agreed
  • Maintain ASC Staff and Intern professional protocols and expectations

Interns will:
  • Agree to perform their internship from mid May through October 10th .
  • Agree to ASC intern housing rental terms
  • Need to have a clear driving record, no violations in the last 3 years
  • Need to have current CPR/First Aid certification

    We are no longer accepting applications for our 2014 summer internship positions.


About Crested Butte

The Adaptive Sports Center is located in the small mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado (elevation 8,775 feet). This quirky town is the hub of the upper Gunnison valley and contains most of the shops, restaurants, pubs, and services.  Many residents of the valley use the free Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte shuttle system all winter and seldom have to dig their cars out of the snow. As of Summer 2013, the ASC is home to a new summer outfitting facility with intern housing located in the town of Crested Butte. 
The ASC Program Office is located in Mt. Crested Butte. Mt. Crested Butte is three miles from town and contains the resort, large hotels and condos, as well as restaurants and shops.  Crested Butte Mountain Resort, boasts some of the steepest maintained terrain in the country and is known for its extreme in-bounds skiing, but the resort also offers superb intermediate and beginner terrain.
The area is a mecca for outdoor activities and presents the ideal environment for the mountain lifestyle.  Wintertime temperature highs average in the 20’s-30’s with lows averaging in 0’s. Temperatures of -20 to -30 degrees are not uncommon.

The Internship Experience

Ben, Winter 2009 - 2010 Intern

"My experience as an intern at the Adaptive Sports Center was inspirational, offered great professional development and was personally challenging. I was introduced to an awesome community of friends."

Ben, Winter Intern, 2009 - 2010
2009 Prescott College graduate

Molly, Summer 2008 Intern

“Because I have been a client of Adaptive, I was able to relate to the participants. Also, a lot of the little kids were interested in my disability. It was interesting to them that I was able to go rock climbing and paddling with them. It’s good because I think it creates awareness at a young age.”

Molly, Summer 2008 Intern

The Internship Experience

Caitlin rides one of the Adaptive Sports Center's One Off handcycles.
Shari and Adam (center, back) help facilitate team building activities with the Roger Pepper Camp for teenage burn survivors.
Ben assists with unloading an ASC client from the chairlift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.