Mountain Science Internship Program

This is what we did in 2016

*The Mountain Science Internship Program (MSIP) is not currently accepting applications, please check back in early 2017.

Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) will be recruiting applications from (incoming) high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates to participate in a three week rigorous and fun internship program exploring careers in sciences and natural resources in early 2017. Students from San Miguel, Ouray, Dolores, San Juan, La Plata, Archuleta, and Montezuma counties may apply. 

Interns will gain hands-on experience contributing to real-world environmental science projects. Interns work side-by-side with a small group of other interns from across the San Juan Mountains. Interns will work closely with mentors from MSI and science professionals, and interact with natural resource managers and researchers in the field. Interns will learn about ecology, hydrology, wildlife, and forestry. They will delve into topics such as air and water quality, climate change, mine reclamation, fen restoration, and forest health.

In 2016, the MSIP program had three three-day sessions from July 19-21, July 26-28, and August 2-4. Each week session visited a new community, highlighting efforts for science and communities to work together to solve problems and innovate solutions. We visited the  Silverton/Durango, Pagosa Springs, and Telluride. Activities involved field projects, service learning, and travel to backcountry locations in the San Juans. Find out more information in early 2017 for next year's internship program.

Interns will receive an orientation the to issues and research in the San Juan Mountains, be trained in first aid and backcountry skills, and be introduced to field research methods.  

Due to the many logistics and planning requirements of this program, participation necessitates commitment to the entire program, a spirit of adventure and parent or guardian support. See MSIP flyer for program dates.

We are grateful to  Coutts and Clark Western Foundation, Telluride Foundation, Ballantine Family Fund, El Pomar Foundation, and National Forest Foundation for their support of and partnership in development of the Mountain Science Internship Program. We are actively seeking additional sponsorship that will allow for 10 students from San Juan Mountain communities to participate.