The American Alpine Club is always looking for interns. We have a variety of internships—some paid, some not—available at different times. Read below for current availability.
Online Media Intern—Read the description.
Digital Collections Internship/Practicum—Read the description.
Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch Intern— Application are being accepted for the 2013 season. Please see the GTCR Intern Job Discription in the Jobs tab on the AAC website.
Conservation & Advocacy Intern—Read the description.
Intern Wall of Fame
There's a lot to get done at the AAC and most of it's awesome. Some of it is not-so-awesome. For the not-so-awesome parts, we've convinced indentured servants interns to do that work for us. To immortalize their efforts, we've listed sparse and boring details about their lives below:
Emma Walker - Winter 2011... Spring 2012... Summer 2012... [Ed. Emma should probably be called "Executive Intern". She just never left, and kept doing good work.]
After completing her bachelor’s degree at CU-Boulder, Emma wasn’t ready to find a real job, so she took a gig as the Information & Marketing Department’s perpetual intern. Her biggest project was photo acquisition and selection for the inaugural Guidebook to Membership, which caused her eyes to bleed on numerous occasions. Emma also worked on the AAC’s other periodicals, including uploading reports to the American Alpine Journal Online. She assures you that, aside from some minor psychological damage, no interns were harmed in the making of any AAC publication during her tenure. [Ed. Emma lies. She has horrible PTSD.]
Despite a string of less-than-subtle hints from her supervisors that it was time for her to move on, Emma stuck around for seven months before throwing in the towel and moving to Anchorage, Alaska for a graduate program in outdoor education.
Ben Mitchell-Lewis - Autumn 2011
Figuring that a move to Colorado to intern with the AAC would net him limitless wealth, Ben Mitchell-Lewis packed up his car and headed to Golden. Four months later, he packed it again and rolled back to New Hampshire with no money but countless skills. A graduate of Colby College, Ben is a New Englander at heart. During his time in Colorado, he found time to ski, bike, and sometimes climb. With no immediate future plans, he'll maybe have more time to get outside, but a lack of dough might necessitate finding a real job. While at the AAC, he worked tirelessly on Inclined, and the brand new publication, the AAC Guidebook to Membership.
Lars Lofgren - Summer 2011
Having graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in International Affairs, Lars decided to kick start his career by moving into his grandparent's barn. While trying to get both this electricity and pickup to run on dreams (fuel is so 2010), he joined the AAC team. He quickly began scouring the AAC website for defects and improvements—which is almost as much fun a s drinking gasoline jugs spiked with gumdrops and lollipops.
Lars enjoys wielding his ninja marketing powers all over the internets and has been known to decapitate toy antelopes due to his carelessness. No furry toys were harmed while he worked for the AAC.
If you've spent a good deal of time on the site, you've seen his work. If you love the site, Lars thanks you graciously. If you're not fond of it, Lars assures us that you haven't seen his work.
On the off-chance that you'd like to know more about Lars, you can find him at larslofgren.com.
Hale Melnick - Summer 2011
Hale Melnick, first-ever AAC intern, graduated from Colorado College in 2010 with an entirely practical degree in International Political Economy. Deciding to make something of his life, an internship at the AAC was his only sensible decision [Ed. This is clearly false.]. Thus began an enjoyable, productive, and generally strange tenure there.
His major accomplishments include: finding Chris Sharma (no explanation necessary); creating and producing that which is the Choss Boss; creating the Guidebook Map Tool [Ed. True. Thanks.]; writing the best Inclined blogs EVER; and developing Facebook ads that doubtlessly tricked you into joining the AAC.
In August 2011, Hale left the AAC for a job with the Access Fund. He now spends his time saving the world, one crag at a time. He also climbs occasionally.