The Philadelphia Outward Bound School strengthens and empowers communities to effect positive change with customized programming. Working with schools and community organizations, Outward Bound helps individuals realize their true potential through challenge and discovery.

The Program Support Intern position is a three month training program designed to cultivate prospective employees for program areas such as: logistics, expedition instruction, high and low ropes course facilitation.  The Program Support Internship is recommended for any individual interested in developing the skills toward becoming an outdoor professional with Outward Bound.

We offer three internship cycles throughout our program season beginning in the months of March, June and August/September. All internships begin with a required in-field staff training. Post internship evaluations are conducted to offer potential promotion and work for the following seasons as an instructor.



Spring Program Support Internship: March 20, 2017

Summer Program Support Internship: June 1, 2017 (NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS)

Fall Program Support Internship: August 20, 2017


Our hiring season begins in December and we take rolling applications throughout the year for our seasonal internships. We hire for our internships a season in advanced. If you wish to apply, please fill out our application online and indicate the internship season you wish to apply. 



  • Basic knowledge of the mission of Outward Bound.
  • Demonstrates multi-cultural competence and sensitivity.
  • Demonstrates sustained ability to work with underserved populations.
  • Background in Education, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Youth Development, Non-Profit Management or other related discipline.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
  • Creative and Flexible.
  • Interest in working with youth, adults and educators in deserving communities
  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Must possess up-to-date and valid driver’s license
  • Must procure and pass a Background Investigation and a Motor Vehicle Record Screen
  • On feet most days, sometimes for long hours (e.g. early morning departure to late night return)
  • Ability to carry, lift and move a minimum of 40 pounds
  • Participates in staff training as appropriate
  • Works towards clear, effective and timely communication and feedback with their supervisors, instructors, and other staff members
  • Contributes to the Philadelphia Outward Bound School staff by encouraging teamwork, cooperation, and individual effort
  • Is a positive role model for staff/board members/clients/students by maintaining an appropriate appearance, a positive attitude, and professional demeanor
  • Assists with field evacuations, student supervision and other various program tasks as needed
  • Assists with logistical functions such as food preparation, course transports, equipment resupply, gear repair and cleaning
  • Performs base site tasks as assigned, such as building and maintenance of program facilities, sites and equipment
  • Assists with administrative functions such as development of marketing materials, school briefings, event planning, and data entry
  • Successfully plans, follows through and executes on an agreed upon “final project”
  • Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the staff handbook
  • Takes on personal ownership to initiate, seek out, and commit to professional development; through both trainings and additional work experience
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Exposure to Outward Bound curriculum and facilitation training
  • Exposure to Outward Bound technical training
  • Room and board
  • $175/month stipend
  • Professional Development
  • 15-20 formal opportunities per contract year that promote technical and non-technical skill mastery.