Eagle Rock School Internships
The Continental Divide Research Learning Center collaborates with local schools to offer high school internships. The Eagle Rock Internship Program is a collaborative partnership between Rocky Mountain National Park and Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center. Eagle Rock School offers a year-round, residential, full-scholarship high school experience for students who apply between the ages of 15-17. This school, located in Estes Park, Colorado, provides students that have difficulty in traditional public schools with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma. The student body comprises a purposefully diverse community of students from across the nation and abroad. This internship program at Rocky Mountain National Park provides opportunities for students to connect with national parks, foster student interest in science and public lands, increase scientific literacy, and ultimately provide a path for students to explore careers in the National Park Service.
The Eagle Rock Internship Program begins with volunteer experience, followed by a temporary full-time, paid position at the park, complemented by professional development training. The volunteer experience corresponds with a course at Eagle Rock School. Students divide their time evenly between volunteering in the park and attending Eagle Rock School where they discuss and apply their park experiences in the classroom. Staff from Rocky Mountain National Park and Eagle Rock School work closely together to ensure the volunteer and classroom experiences are complimentary. During the second half of the program, the qualified students are hired through the critical hiring authority.