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SLD Internships

FOR ORGANIZATIONS: The Development Master's Degree programs at Eastern University have been equipping graduates to partner with the poor. For over 25 years, our students have worked toward economic and community development in over fifty countries around the world. The program requires students to engage in study and undertake research in areas such as microfinance, disaster relief and mitigation, sustainable development, holistic community development, business development and management. As one of their program requirements, students must secure a field practicum as the capstone requirement of their education. This is an opportunity for students to establish their professional acumen while navigating the complexities and challenges of fieldwork as well as to gain valuable experience working with a reputable organization. If you are an organization and would like to put one of our students to work, please fill out a partnership form by clicking here.

FOR STUDENTS: Students, please click here to download a MS Excel spreadsheet of current internship offerings, or review the postings below:

Camp Management Trainees, South Sudan [8 October 2013]. The Danish Relief Agency is looking for assistance for refugee camps. Click here for more information.

Mustard Seed Associates [26 September 2013]. Click here for more information.

RSF Social Finance. Interships and Fellowships. [21 August 2013]. Click here. Looks great for an MBA student.

UN Economic Development Council [19 July 2013]. Click here for a PDF document explaining the internships, which comes at the end of the document.

Women in War Zones [2 November 2012]. Click here for the page dealing with internships with this organization.

InterAction, Washington, DC, USA [Posted 2 November 2012]. Contact Chistine Kim at ckim@interaction.org for more information. Click here for the website.

Hillcrest Christian School, Jos, Nigeria [1 November 2012]. Click here for information about this school. Be aware that this school is located in an area of Nigeria where violence against Christians occurs.

New Sanctuary Movement, Philadelphia, USA [Posted 1 November 2012]. Click here for internship information with a multifaith organization working for immigrant rights.

Spoken English Cafe, Chennai, India [Posted 31 October 2012]. Click here for an intern position at a BAM organization that teaches English.

Urban Affairs Coalition, Philadelphia, USA [Posted 31 October 2012]. Click here for information on a position for a financial education intern.

Batwa Development Project, Uganda [Posted 31 October 2012]. Intern needed in Uganda. Click here.

PEER Servants, Philippines [Posted 31 October 2012]. IT expert needed to help microfinance. Click here.

Christ for the City, International [Posted 31 October 2012]. Click here. Youth work in Latin America. Missionary is Dr. Meneses' sister.

Bread for the World, Washington, DC, USA. 2013. Click here for the full description. For more information: Krisanne Vaillancourt-Murphy kmurphy@bread.org

IFRE Volunteers Abroad, various countries [Posted 1 November 2012]. Click here for information about this US-based organization that places volunteers. Please note that with this organization, you pay for the opportunity of service. Nonetheless, they have clear job descriptions, organized timelines, which include orientation, language learning options, detailed pricing, and long-term projects on the ground.

Ecotourism Network [Posted 8 November 2012]. For possible internships with faith-based NGOs working in the area of tourism, please see Stan LeQuire in the School of Leadership and Development offices.

Below is a table of organizations who have hosted students in the past:

CAMA Services

ACPPA Community Arts Center

GFA Consulting Group

American Red Cross

World Vision International

World Vision USA

B. Unity, human development organization, global

Transitions Global

United Nations Development Program, global

International Rescue Committee

Mennonite Central Committee

Association for Development through Education (ADE), Costa Rica

The Warehouse, community development in South Africa

World Relief, global

Profugo, community development in India

The Supply Change, connecting fashion industry with local artisans

Green Planet, hosting international students in the USA

Geneva Global, Wayne, PA, USA

Medical Teams International, global

International Christian Concern, Washington, DC, USA

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS who are interested in hosting SLD students:

MWAMBA. Mwamba Church Ministries International was founded in the year 2000 by The Rev. Emmanuel and Dorcas Chemengich in order to support the dynamic and vital outreach and evangelism work of the Diocese of Kitale in the Anglican Church of Kenya.  Kitale diocese has the following ministry involvements to its people: children and youth ministry, men's ministry, women's ministries,  diocesan missionary association, pastoral ministry, social services ministry.

Heart to Honduras. Heart to Honduras is a holistic ministry that seeks to address both the spiritual and the material needs of the poor in Honduras. Our objectives are to meet basic needs: hope, healing, housing, food and clothing.

World Concern. World Concern is a nonprofit Christian humanitarian organization providing disaster response and community development programs for more than 50 years to the world's poorest people in Africa, Asia and the Americas.  Our help is extended without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or gender. We believe that life is full of promise – that no place is too difficult and no person to hopeless to reach.

Working Boys' Center, Quito, Ecuador. The purpose of the Working Boys' Center, A Family of Families, is to help the poor in Quito, Ecuador become "agents of their own prosperity" by means of changes in attitudes and behaviors. This process of change revolves around the development of ten important values: "loyalty, personal formation, family, religion, instruction, economy, work, recreation, health and housing."

Vineyard USA. "A community of churches."

Agros International, Central America and Mexico. Agros International is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty for rural families by enabling landless communities to achieve land ownership and economic stability. Agros' holistic model of community organization, land ownership, housing and infrastructure, sustainable economic growth and community education leads to the long-term sustainability of a village and a new way of life for the rural poor. Agros works to break the cycle of poverty in all its forms.

Nehemiah Center, Nicaragua. Nicaragua has been broken down by a series of natural disasters, wars, and other events. The Nehemiah Center exists to rebuild by equipping the country's leaders in a variety of sectors with a biblical worldview, the foundation necessary to nurture the future growth of this country and its people.

Opportunity International, global. Motivated by Jesus Christ's call to serve the poor, Opportunity International is a Christian ecumenical organization serving women and men of all beliefs.

Global Partners for Development works hand in hand with the people of East Africa to build sustainable solutions to end poverty. We work with grass roots organizations to achieve sustainable improvements in nutrition, clean water, health, education and economic self-reliance.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok. Established in 1947, ESCAP seeks to overcome some of the region's greatest challenges. It carries out work in three main thematic areas: poverty reduction;  managing globalization; and tackling emerging social issues.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

Plan International, global in 50 countries. Works for child rights to end poverty.

Compassion International, global. Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Habitat for Humanity International. Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem -- decent housing for all.

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