Most college students having an interest in leadership—future teachers, business leaders, youth leadership, non-profit leadership, social workers and coaches—really want to make a difference when they work with people BUT feel they lack experience and worry their leadership won’t be authentic.

Coldwater Foundation offers paid internships for future leaders that gives significant opportunity to lead and to discover their own personal style and approach as a leader.

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Wilderness Leader Intern (WLI)

[College Students/Recent Graduates]

Wilderness Leader Internship is a summer immersion opportunity for college aged leaders, focused on developing ministry capabilities as a Christian educator, mentor, and wilderness instructor. As a Wilderness Leader Intern, you will discover and experience first-hand the thrill of teaching and leading in the wilderness classroom.

Interns join our leadership team and are equipped to bring about lasting change in wilderness course participants. Students are not chosen on a “first come, first served” basis, but are selected through an application process. Selected students will have all course fees covered (with exception of Wilderness First Responder Certification) and will receive a $1500 stipend following their field experiences. There are 6 funded Intern positions.

Date: May 13-August 11
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp
Compensation: $1500 + Room & Board

(An electronic signature can be used on fillable PDF forms and emailed to Coldwater Staff HERE . Please be sure to download the fillable PDF to your computer and open in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Other forms can be downloaded, printed, filled in and returned to Coldwater Foundation).

What will the Internship encompass? Leaders will:

  • Participate in our 16-day Wilderness Leadership Expedition: our cornerstone leadership course for wilderness leaders
  • Receive significant opportunities to practice leadership and actually lead in our outdoor programs
  • Learn the various important roles of an outdoor leader in our Wilderness Instructor Training seminar
  • Engage in rigorous peer teaching, role playing & interaction involving wilderness skill instruction
  • Study the Biblical foundations of Christ-centered leadership
  • Express a personal “lived theology” of leadership, with a focus on mentoring and discipleship
  • Receive training and practice in facilitating guided reflection
  • Participate in a healthy, vibrant Christian community Mink Lake
  • Complete a Wilderness First Responder certification (valid for 3 years)
  • Receive room and board at Mink Lake for the duration of the program

So, how do I become a Coldwater Wilderness Instructor?

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