Programs Intern

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Plant With Purpose, a Christian development organization, reverses deforestation and poverty around the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. For more than 30 years, Plant With Purpose has been a leader in linking international community development and environmental solutions, working with smallholder farmers in strategic areas where environmental degradation and poverty intersect. Plant With Purpose currently works in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania, and Thailand, employing an integrated methodology that combines environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal. Activities include watershed restoration, reforestation, sustainable agriculture training, savings-and-loan groups, local leadership development, and supporting outreach efforts of the local Christian church.

Are you interested in developing the skills to pursue a career in international development? Do you have an eagerness to learn the ins and outs of how global programs are effectively designed, developed, and maintained?


As the programs intern, you will support our international programs team in improving communications, data management, analysis, and planning and operational tools. More specifically:

- Develop tools for reporting Annual data from Plant With Purpose’s international programs
- Develop and process quantitative and qualitative reports for the programs and development teams
- Collaborate with program officers for as-needed tasks and reporting of field data
- Coordinate programs information, stories, and field data for the development department’s use in storytelling
- Potential to collaborate with the director of field operations and program officers on special projects related to VSLA (our savings-led microfinance model), biodiversity, or data science

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and the Internship Questionnaire to Kenzie Leas at Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Internship Questionnaire can be found via

Applications due December 1. Internship dates can be flexible. If an early decision is needed, please specify in your application.


- Sincerely interested in the holistic environmental mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek to empower
- Highly accurate and organized
- Excellent research and data analysis skills
- Outstanding communication skills and the ability to work independently
- Proficient computer skills: Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
- Preferred experience with database softwares, though not required
- Preferably working toward a degree in international development, economics, biology, environmental studies
- Knowledge/experience in community development and/or international travel is a plus
- Ability to contribute 12-15 hours per week in our office in San Diego

While this is an unpaid internship, you will gain hands-on experience working closely with a creative, close-knit team who is inspired to achieve a lasting solution to rural poverty. We can also coordinate with your institution to offer academic credit for your experience.

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Required - Research, International Business, Excel
Preferred - Data Analysis

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