Interns have opportunities to gain practical experience and achieve personal growth toward education and professional career goals. This unpaid internship is well suited for someone who wants to develop skills in outdoor leadership, gain hands-on experience in working with people with a wide range of disabilities, work with a mostly volunteer non-profit organization, and share his/her love of the outdoors and skills with other people.
Internships span the Summer, Fall, or Winter seasons. While the scheduling may be somewhat flexible, interns make at least a ten-week commitment in their respective seasons. The internship is a full time, unpaid position.
Past interns have shared their experience with us - read below to learn more about our internship experience!
Please write a letter answering the following questions:
- What schools have you attended, for how long, and your major or degree?
- Why are you applying for an internship with ASPNC?
- What in your background makes you an ideal candidate for this position? Please review the qualifications listed above.
- What are three goals you would set for yourself during your internship with ASPNC?
Please include two references.
You may either email your letter to email@example.com or mail it to ASPNC, PO Box 304, Franconia, NH 03580
About the Internship
Interns assist the Program Director with all aspects of organizing and conducting summer or winter programs. Specific duties might include program planning, scheduling and coordinating volunteers' participation, helping to lead outings or lessons for participants, helping to maintain a wide variety of adaptive sports equipment, assisting with documentation and evaluation of participants progress, and participating in fundraisers.
Throughout the bulk of the summer, fall, or winter, interns spend at least ten weeks working with seasonal programming. The summer activities include bocce, cycling, gardening, golf, hiking, kayaking, tennis, and even water-skiing. The fall activities include power soccer, biking, kayaking, and hiking. The winter activities include downhill skiing or riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, power soccer, and indoor boccia. Interns provide essential support by being at the program from the loading of the equipment in the morning until close at night.
Interns also complete a project that will benefit the organization. Examples of projects range from organizing an overnight hike to updating equipment to improve efficiency. Interns should discuss project ideas with the Program Director at the beginning of the season and continuously work on them throughout the their ten weeks in NH.
On weekends, interns participate in special activities with the community. These often include hikes and fundraising events, such as the Old Homeday Parade for the Fourth of July and the Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington.
Lastly, interns can receive college credit. If you are currently enrolled at a college or university, you may look up their requirements for credit. Our Program Director will be happy to work with you to fulfill your individual school's requirements.
- Experience with all or some of our summer, fall, or winter activities (depending on the season of your internship)
- Organized and Responsible
- Ability to complete several projects concurrently
- Ability to work as a team member with a variety of types of individuals
- Previous experience working with someone with disabilities (preferred)