Program Overview

The MED Fellowship and Internship Program educates and empowers the next generation of outdoor industry professionals. Through structured mentorship and intensive program immersion, MED Fellows and Interns develop their skills as collaborators, educators, and problem solvers throughout their fellowship or internship experience.

Fellows and Interns interface with students and clients from diverse backgrounds-- you might be teaching wilderness medicine to Nicaraguan high school students or Nepalese mountain guides, multi-pitch efficiency skills to Chilean rock climbers, or risk management to Kenyan safari operators. Regardless of the program, all Fellows and Interns demonstrate a high degree of cultural sensitivity and social tact, and maintain a sense of humor in the face of unexpected obstacles.

Each of the MED Alliance divisions offers its own Fellowship or Internship programming-- Outdoor School Fellows and Interns will work in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and beyond, interfacing directly with students and developing mountain sense and client care skills under the mentorship of our highly qualified instructor team. Remote Medicine Fellows and Interns often travel internationally, accompanying expert wilderness medicine instructors to lead programs in Nepal, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and beyond. Many Fellows and Interns choose to extend their time abroad to participate in climbing, trekking or alpinism programs through our Topo Expeditions adventure travel division.


The MED Alliance believes strongly in rewarding excellence, and many MED Fellows and Interns go on to join the MED instructor or administrative teams in long-term capacities.

Frequently Asked Questions


MED Fellows are college graduates with a strong background as educators-- but they may have less experience teaching remote medicine or outdoor skills, and are eager to increase their mastery of their chosen subject matter. All Fellows receive a full scholarship, and international fellows generally have their living expenses and airfare covered by the MED Alliance. Successful Fellows are eligible for promotion to the instructor team following the conclusion of their programs. Interns may still be working on their bachelor’s degree, and tend to have less experience as educators and outdoor professionals. Interns receive more intensive mentorship and feedback, and the MED Alliance often provides pre-internship training to help ensure they’re well prepared for programs. Interns pay tuition to cover the expenses of their programming and mentorship. Following the conclusion of their programs, successful Interns are eligible for full Fellowships and their associated scholarships.


Initially, each interested applicant will select the associated Fellowship and/or Internship opportunity through the MED Alliance website and submit an inquiry. This inquiry is recieved by a member of the MED Alliance administrative team and reviewed. Within two business days of submitting an inquiry, you can expect to recieve further instructions on how to complete the associated application. Each Fellowship and Internship has a unique application process, but all of them will require a resume, and responses to a series of short questions that help us understand who you are as a candidate. Applications for all Fellowships and Internships are accepted on a rolling basis. You can expect to hear back from the us within a few days of the application deadline or sooner. All applicants will receive some sort of notification; qualified applicants will be asked to participate in a short interview.


Sarah Morris, MED Alliance Program Manager, coordinates our Fellowship and Internship program. Contact her at Sarah.Morris@MountainED.com

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