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.

Please contact Avery Kernan, Dean of the Apprentice Program, at akernan@hminet.org or 719-486-8200 x 108 with questions or to learn more about the program

Watch a recording of our most recent webinar to learn more about the HMI Apprentice Program and hear from recent Apprentice Alumni.



Click here to access the Apprentice Program online application.

Applications for both Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 are due on:

March 15th, 2022

Applicants will be given an update or an invitation to interview shortly after the deadline. 

(We currently have one opening for our Spring Semester in either Math or Science. For more information about this option, please contact Avery Kernan at akernan@hminet.org)

A complete online application includes the following:

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. 

2022-2023 dates

Fall Semester: August 5, 2022 – December 19, 2022
Spring Semester: January 8, 2023 – May 28, 2023


Compensation Information

  • $4,500 stipend
  • Room & board, all class materials, and wilderness gear rental included
  • Graduate credit available
  • Insurance benefits not included

*Note this is a recent change from being a tuition-based program.


Non-Discriminatory Statement

HMI admits students and employs faculty and staff of any gender, race, color, religion, disability-status, sexual preference, national and ethnic origin, and accords them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students, faculty and staff of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sexual preference, national and ethnic origin or disability status in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school administered programs.