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 14 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 in January, April, July, and October.

January and April 2021 internships: 
(Application opened June 2020)

  • Applications due by August 1, 2020
  • Interviews are conducted in September
  • Internships are assigned in October 2020
  • January internships start in January 2021 and finish in February 2022
  • April internships start in late March 2021 and finish in
    May 2022

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, Renee Gill

Renee Gill


Renee holds a B.A. in Community Development from Covenant College with a specialization in International Micro-Finance. Having worked for organizations such as FINCA International and Lionbridge Technologies, Renee earned many years of experience in training and international development.