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 40 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 Recreational Therapy internships at our Anchorage office in the winter (January - April), summer (May - September) and fall (September - December). Additionally, we work with students from UAA in the HPER program who would like to complete an internship working with athletes who are part of our ParaSport Alaska adaptive sports program. Internships with our adaptive ski & snowboard school in Girdwood are available to students majoring in several disciplines other than Recreational Therapy and are available in the winter months. Contact the adaptive ski & snowboard school directly for more information about these internships.  


Students Pursuing a Recreational Therapy Major / Minor:

Our internships provide Recreational Therapy 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, cycling, and sports development clinics.

Recreational Therapy Interns will all have the opportunity to participate in Challenge Alaska Special Events when feasible. In the winter there opportunities to interact with our ski school at Alyeska Resort, located in Girdwood, Alaska.



"Upon accepting an internship with Challenge Alaska, I could not have imagined the vast opportunities and growth that I have had the pleasure of experiencing. This unique experience allowed me to gain new perspectives, grow in confidence, and explore new tasks that only could have happened with Challenge. Every day is an adventure that required quick thinking to overcome the obstacles that were presented. Throughout my internship, I was continually struck by how each program positively impacted the clients, their families, and the surrounding individuals. With this internship, I feel prepared to confidently tackle all of my future aspirations."

- Emily A., University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse; Winter 2018




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 two Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists on staff with different roles and responsibilities. All will help to provide development and growth for any and all students.



        Possible Winter Programs:

        Possible Summer Programs:

        Possible Fall Programs:

  • Warriors Biathlon
  • Wheelchair Lacrosse
  • Goalball
  • Community Wheelchair Basketball                  
  • Para Cycling Program
  • Wheelchair Tennis                  
  • Adaptive Yoga
  • Offroad Cycling Program
  • Paralympic Spotlight Sports                
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Camping/Backpacking Trips
  • Camping/Backpacking Trips              
  •  Archery
  •  Fishing Trips
  • Archery        
  • Sled Hockey
  • Summer Splash
  • Sled Hockey             
  • Warriors Hockey
  • Hiking Groups
  • Warrior Hockey              
  • Special Hockey
  • Special Events
  • After-School Wheelchair Basketball 
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreational Bike Groups
  • Indoor Climbing Program
  • Alpine Skiing
  •  Track / Running Program
  • Special Events



Important Dates:



Winter 2023

September 17, 2022

16 weeks between Jan - Apr 2023 

(announcements made by early Oct)


Summer 2023

February 12, 2023

15 weeks between May - Sept 2022

(announcements made by early March)


Fall 2022

June 3, 2022

15 weeks between Sept - Dec 2022

(announcements made by mid June)


***** We currently offer summer, fall & winter T.R. Internships. Dates from year to year are similar to those listed above. 



 "Accepting an internship with Challenge Alaska is hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself professionally. This internship exceeded my expectations tenfold and I believe no other internship site can replicate the experiences and expertise that Challenge Alaska offers. Throughout my internship I was surrounded by genuine and supportive people (both staff and clientele) that were never afraid to push me outside of my comfort zone. I was given countless opportunities to apply myself and my TR skills in real-life one-on-one settings with clients which taught me lessons I will never forget. I never could have predicted the amount of stretching and growing I would do in a 14-week period but looking back I couldn’t be more grateful for all of it. I am walking away more prepared and excited to work in this field and I owe it all to Challenge Alaska. Summing up this adventure is nearly impossible, so if you think I’m kidding…. APPLY … I dare you! You won’t regret it! "

- Shaylee H. BYU-Idaho; Summer 2021







"Accepting this internship with Challenge Alaska, I didn’t know what to expect. I wanted an experience which would both challenge and further equip me professionally. This agency not only met this expectation but raised the expectations I had for myself. I found staff whom give of themselves and their time to clients, their interns, one another and the community. I found opportunities for leadership—whether I was asking for them or not—and guidance to move forward with when I failed. Throughout this internship, I gained skills in communication and creative problem-solving, while applying the ethics and concepts of our field to real-world situations and interactions with clients. As a young professional, I was presented with moments to be decisive, ethical, accountable and balanced in my regard for all clients. Without this practical and immersive experience, I do not believe I would be as prepared, let alone confident or resourceful, as I am now on the other side of my internship. Given the opportunity, I would pick Challenge all over again. Challenge Alaska stretched what I thought I knew about the Therapeutic Recreation discipline and guided me into a greater, more mature understanding of our field…and better yet, showed me what I was capable of.

It is almost impossible to sum up my experience and do it justice. All I can say is, APPLY. Go for it!."

 - Mary Margaret B., Southwest Texas State University; Summer 2018


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:

 Please note:



Click here to download the Recreational Therapy Internship Application



Job Description


Click here to download the Recreational Therapy Intern Job Description    



Once completed, use the following methods to send to Challenge Alaska:


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. completed application OR send via US Mail to: 

Challenge Alaska Intern Coordinator

3350 Commercial Dr. Suite 208

Anchorage, AK 99501 


OR fax to: (907) 344-7349