The Summer Internship is a 3-month-long training program designed for individuals who are interested in gaining experience in the outdoor education field. Summer is our busiest, most dynamic season; candidates who are excited to jump into in-field training, logistics, and expedition support are encouraged to apply! The Summer Internship includes:

  • 7-day training expedition, including introduction to Outward Bound history and philosophy, technical skills, and curriculum
  • Logistics: Vehicle shuttles, in-field gear and food resupplies, rock climbing facilitation, evacuation support, pre- and post-expedition support, gear repair and maintenance, base site projects, etc.
  • Technical skills training: Backpacking, canoeing, top-rope rock climbing, high ropes, Aerial Teams Course
  • At least one opportunity to participate in a backpacking and/or canoeing expedition as a “third Instructor”
  • Exposure to center-based team building programming, with opportunities to work alongside experienced Instructors

Upon successful completion of the Summer Internship, individuals are likely to promote to Assistant Instructor and lead wilderness expeditions and center-based programs in the fall.


Summer Internship: June 3 – August 24, 2019

Application deadline: Monday, February 4, 2019

Please fill out our online application and indicate the position for which you wish to apply.


  • Participate in staff trainings
  • Practice clear, effective, and timely communication and feedback with supervisors, instructors, and other staff members
  • Practice teamwork and cooperation
  • Maintain a positive attitude and professional demeanor
  • Assist with field evacuations, student supervision, and other various program tasks as needed
  • Assist with logistical functions such as food preparation, vehicle shuttles, equipment resupplies, and gear repair
  • Perform base site tasks such as building and maintenance of program facilities, sites, and equipment
  • Assist with administrative functions such as development of marketing materials, school briefings, event planning, and data entry
  • Successfully plan and execute a “legacy project”
  • Adhere to all Outward Bound Field Policies and Procedures outlined in the manual
  • Adhere to all policies outlined in the Employee Handbook


  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional and personal development
  • Other duties as assigned


  • WFR certification (or a plan to obtain certification)
  • Familiarity with the mission of Outward Bound
  • Demonstrate multi-cultural competence and sensitivity
  • Demonstrate 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 Google Drive
  • Organized and punctual
  • Creative and flexible


  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Must possess up-to-date and valid driver’s license and have at least three years driving experience
  • Must procure and pass Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History, Child Abuse Clearance, FBI Background Check, and Motor Vehicle Record Screening
  • On feet most days, sometimes for up to 16 hours
  • Able to carry, lift, and move a minimum of 50 pounds


  • Exposure to Philadelphia Outward Bound School curriculum and facilitation training
  • Exposure to Philadelphia Outward Bound School technical skills training
  • Room and board, including food staples (we can and do accommodate any dietary restrictions!)
  • $400/month stipend
  • Professional development opportunities


Summer Interns can anticipate a dynamic and flexible schedule. No two days look the same! The Summer Internship schedule is released in two- to three-week periods. Though the schedule is irregular, Summer Interns can anticipate a ratio of five days on to two days off. Applicants who have external commitments are still encouraged to apply; there may be ways to accommodate.