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, Apprentice Program Coordinator, 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 Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 have two deadlines:

1st Round Applications Due: March 1st

2nd Round Applications Due: April 1st

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

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. 

2021-2022 dates

Fall Semester: July 30, 2021 – December 18, 2021
Spring Semester: January 9, 2022 – May 30, 2022

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. See application deadline changes above