If you are interested in an internship with Challenge Alaska, please read this page in it's entirety prior to contacting us with questions. Most questions we receive are answered on this page. If you would like to apply for an internship follow all directions contained herein to be considered.


Challenge Alaska is a non-profit organization that provides adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation and education for people with disabilities. Each student will have the opportunity to experience everything Challenge Alaska has to offer. For over 30 years we have provided recreational based programming as well as leisure education in our community. Challenge Alaska works with each individual to help them gain the skills they need to recreate as independently as possible. At Challenge Alaska we believe that everyone, regardless of physical, mental or financial barriers should have the opportunity to experience the beauty and excitement of recreation.

We currently offer only TR internships at our Anchorage office in the winter/spring (January - April) and in the summer (May - September). Internships with our adaptive ski & snowboard school in Girdwood are available to students majoring in several disciplines other than T.R. and are available in the winter months. Contact the ski school directly for more information about these internships.  


Therapeutic Recreation Internships:

Our internships provide TR students with an opportunity to work at a stand-alone, community-based non-profit organization that provides therapeutic recreation to community members with disabilities. The primary focus will be on adult community recreation for people with disabilities in a wide variety of settings. It should be noted that the level of involvement in different programs and environments can vary from semester to semester based on a variety of factors.

Student interns will have the opportunity to practice skills such as individual and programmatic assessments, assisting clients with meeting goals, and documentation. Students will also have the opportunity to lead ongoing community programs, work 1:1 with participants, and direct client care in the community with supervision. Students will be part of the day-to-day operations at Challenge Alaska including program design/planning/implementation, community outreach, and the wide variety of tasks that are part of working at a small non-profit organization. Seasonally (as available), there will be additional opportunities to engage in outdoor based programs such as group camping, multiday backcountry trips, kayaking, and sports development clinics.

T.R. Interns will all have the opportunity to participate in Challenge Alaska Special Events (when able) such as the Alaska Challenge hand cycle race (every other summer). In the winter there opportunities to interact with our ski school at Alyeska Resort, located in Girdwood, Alaska.




"Challenge Alaska's internship has pushed me to a level I never thought I was capable of. I was able to work with a huge variety of populations, conduct assessments, repair adaptive equipment, and independently facilitate programs. This internship challenged me to get the most experience I could and had me more than excited to start my career in Therapeutic Recreation."

Kelsey O., University Wisconsin - La Crosse, Winter 2014 Intern




All students will be under the Direct Supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS). This will include, and not limited to, weekly supervision meetings, education sessions, and professional development. Challenge Alaska has three Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists on staff with different roles and responsibilities. All will help to provide development and growth for any and all students.



Probable Winter 2017 Programs:

Probable Summer 2017 Programs:

  • Weekly Book Club
  • Weekly Book Club
  • Weekly Community Wheelchair Basketball                  
  •  Adaptive Cycling Clinics
  •  Cooking Group
  •  Cooking Grouop
  •  Archery
  •  Overnight Camping/Backpacking Trips
  •  Weekly Cross Country Skiing
  •  Weekly Group Cycling Group Rides
  •  Biathlon
  •  Fishing Trips
  •  Ice Fishing
  •  Hiking Groups
  •  Alpine Skiing
  •  Summer Splash
  •  Gateway to Gold Experiences
  •  Gateway to Gold Experiences
  •  Weekly Sled & Special Hockey
  •  Week-long Youth Disabled Sports Day Camp
  •  Anchorage School District Wheelchair Basketball



Important Dates:

  • Internship start dates are somewhat flexible, based on school schedules and Challenge Alaska’s schedule.
  • A minimum of 16 weeks is required for T.R. Internships
  • Application packages in full must be received by the following dates to be considered:



Summer 2017    

 February 17, 2017

16 weeks between May - Sep 2017

(announcements made by mid Mar)


Winter/Spring 2018

September 22, 2017

16 weeks between Jan - Apr 2018 

(announcements made by mid Oct)


***** We currently offer only summer and winter/spring T.R. Internships. Dates from year to year are similar to those listed above. 



 "An internship with Challenge Alaska has provided me with the confidence and tools to work with people with both physical and developmental disabilities on a professional level. My experience interacting and working with the amazing participants at Challenge has given me as much in return as I was able to give to them and the agency. I was given the opportunity to contribute in the planning and implementation phases of programming and I felt that what I had to say was valued by the staff."
 - Brandon F., Metropolitan State University - Denver, Summer 2016 Intern



  • Internship meets NCTRC requirements
  • Stipend of $2,000, less federal withholding taxes.
  • Leadership and Professional work experience
  • Many unique opportunities!



  • We are currently accepting only students with a Therapeutic Recreation degree plan - enrolled in a University Program and have a declared undergraduate/graduate degree in therapeutic recreation / emphasis in therapeutic recreation
  • Coursework includes Therapeutic Recreation component (consistent with NCTRC standards for certification) which must be fully completed before internship begins
  • Experience, volunteer or paid, in the recreation field (experience with people with disabilities preferred)
  • A working understanding of the TR Process and its application.
  • No experience is required in any of the programs or adaptive sports we offer (you do not need to know how to ski, play hockey, etc). However, it is beneficial to have a working knowledge of these sports and activities. These include:
  • Winter Internship: sled hockey, alpine and cross country skiing, wheelchair basketball, and adaptive swimming
  • Summer Internship: adaptive cycling, water sports, adaptive swimming, backpacking, camping, fishing, and hiking.



  "My time here at Challenge Alaska has been an incredible experience with having the opportunity to work with a wide range of people with disabilities. I have been challenged with new experiences and tough situations throughout the internship that have improved my knowledge and skills, helping me succeed in the field of therapeutic recreation. I have not only learned alot about the field of TR but also myself as a person, helping me to better interact with clients on a professional level." - Jordan M., University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Summer 2016 Intern 


All prospective interns need to complete and send the internship application to Challenge Alaska, along with the requirements listed on the application. Students who meet the requirements will be notified and an interview date will be set. Failure to send all requirements listed on the application will result in not receiving an interview.Students selected for an internship will be notified at least 6 weeks prior to start of their internship. Additionally, the student must provide proof of the following before their start date:

  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Current CPR Certificate
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Scanned copy of driver's license
  • Consent to background check (including a fingerprint based check)
  • Items necessary to complete I-9 (visit for list of items needed)

 Please note:

  • Interns are responsible for locating their own housing and transportation while completing their internship. We can sometimes give you information and direction that can make finding housing easier prior to your arrival.
  • Assistance with transportation may be provided on a limited basis.



Click here to download the T.R. Internship Application



Job Description


Click here to download the T.R. Intern Job Description    




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Challenge AlaskaIntern Coordinator

3350 Commercial Dr. Suite 208

Anchorage, AK 99501 


OR fax to: (907) 344-7349