Internship Program

Equipping Young People to Follow God’s Call

Each year, ECHO trains eight highly motivated college graduates who come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Yet, they share one common passion – a heart to serve the poor on the mission field.

At ECHO’s Global Demonstration and Research Farm, these highly motivated young people spend 12 months gaining:

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Practical, Hands-on Experience

Sound Theological Framework

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Lessons in Community Development

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Sustainable Agriculture Methods

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Small Animal
Husbandry Skills

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Seed Bank Experience

Interns finish our program equipped and prepared to serve as agents of change.

A Living Classroom!

Our global demonstration farm provides a unique learning environment for interns as they work alongside our experienced staff and interact with the many international workers who visit ECHO for training.

Our interns know that sustainable agriculture and the fullness of the Gospel are core to deep and lasting change in the communities where they will serve.

“When I worked as a nurse in West Africa and Cambodia, I saw many diseases that could be prevented with better nutrition. God put it on my heart that I could do more effective medical mission work in developing countries with an agricultural background.”

Noah serves in Senegal equipping West African farmers to transform their lives and communities. Watch this 3½ minute video and see how what he learned 10 years ago as an ECHO intern is still a “toolbox of ideas” he draws from every day.

Equip an ECHO Intern

Your support has an impact that lasts far beyond an intern’s time at ECHO. Your gift is multiplied as they go on to dedicate their lives, labor and futures to addressing hunger and poverty around the world.

Intern Program Overview

We equip eight interns each year with new interns arriving at the end of May.

June 2024 Internship:
  • Applications open October 16, 2023
  • Applications due by January 5, 2024
  • Interviews are conducted in January 2024
  • Internships are assigned in February 2024
  • Internship begins May 29th, 2024

When choosing interns, we consider things such as: international experience, work history, career direction, skills, relevant classes, and motivation.

For more information, contact ECHO’s Intern Manager

2023 Internship Application Open Now

College graduates interested in agriculture and community development can apply now for the graduate-level internship cohort which will begin on May 31, 2023. Due to visa requirements, only citizens of the USA can be accepted at this time.

Steps To Apply
  1. Read the Job Posting for a full understanding of the internship commitment. Please note that at this time you need to be a citizen of the USA in order to apply.
    For more details you can download last year’s internship overview, the information in this overview is subject to change for each cohort.
  2. Download the Essay Questions [Word | PDF] and write your answers.
  3. Complete the Online Application.
    Have your answers ready to copy and paste from Step 2 as the application form may time out while writing longer answers.
  4. You will be contacted in January of 2023 with the results of your application.