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GROW Internships and Fellowships

We’re on the side of the disenfranchised, overlooked, and underserved. We stand for justice, opportunity, and dignity. We believe in big ideas, fervent prayers, and giving it all you’ve got. We’re on a mission to invest in the dreams of families in poverty, and we want you to join us as we passionately pursue this calling.

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Who is HOPE?

We’re missionary bankers, human resource professionals, accountants, marketing specialists, administrators, and more who invest in the dreams of families in the world’s underserved communities as we proclaim and live the Gospel. We believe in empowering men and women to put their God-given skills to work, training and equipping them to save their own funds, start their own businesses, and provide for their families and communities. We mentor and disciple our clients, helping them realize their full potential as individuals created in God’s image. By offering opportunity not charity, we encourage men and women to become leaders, advocates, and job creators in their communities.

Internship & Fellowship Program Overview

HOPE International is a globally recognized international microenterprise development ministry, with operations in 17 different countries. HOPE focuses on integrating an intentional, effective witness for Jesus Christ while striving for excellence in the financial services it provides to those living in poverty in underserved areas. HOPE International’s GROW Internship and Fellowship Program is designed for students seeking to develop spiritually and professionally. Interns and fellows at HOPE enjoy the benefits of a challenging and meaningful business experience while working in a spiritually nurturing environment. HOPE’s interns and fellows experience spiritual formation, professional enrichment, and significant involvement.


    HOPE is committed to discipleship. All interns and fellows read through several selected books together and dialogue with each other and HOPE staff about what they are learning. HOPE's interns and fellows are challenged daily with the pressing needs of men and women in poverty and discuss what it means to respond to those issues as members of the Body of Christ.

    Interns and fellows benefit from mentoring relationships as they work alongside supervisors who invest in challenging and counseling them during the entire process. The coordinator provides support to interns and fellows before, throughout, and following the program.

    Lateral learning is central to the program. All interns and fellows are encouraged to build relationships and share experiences with each other and with members of the HOPE team.


    Interns and fellows at HOPE will be integrated into a truly professional environment and enjoy the benefits of a traditional business internship and fellowship. Interns and fellows have varied opportunities to develop real business experience. HOPE is a strong and efficient nonprofit, awarded Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for seven consecutive years—an honor bestowed on only the top 2 percent of U.S. nonprofits. Technical training is a key component to HOPE internships and fellowships. Interns and fellows use and develop proficiency in business software and management information systems specific to their roles.


    All interns and fellows are valued members of the team. Each intern and fellow is fully incorporated into HOPE's team, always included in staff and departmental meetings and staff devotions.

    All interns and fellows are tasked with challenging and meaningful projects and weekly responsibilities which give them a taste of careers in this sector.

    HOPE interns and fellows are given the freedom and responsibility to further HOPE's work with those living in poverty in underserved areas.

Caring for each other


Surround yourself with a global network of prayer warriors.


Grow in your faith alongside a community of Christ followers through weekly staff devotions and prayer.


Rejoice in successes big and small. The work is serious; the team is often not.


Be challenged and supported by a HOPE staff member mentor.

Significant Involvement

Take on meaningful and important tasks and responsibilities.

Professional development

Learning doesn’t end when you start.

Applicant Resources

HOPE's Hiring Process

This guide will help you to understand where you are in the process and what to expect next.


We cover each posting in prayer that God would prepare and lead the right person to this position and that we would make a wise choice.


A small group of relevant people connected to the open position is formed to discuss the needs and requirements.


The job description is posted, and we review all applicant resumes.


We review and screen candidates for skill, culture, and mission fit, and then invite them to an initial interview.


We will then pass along qualified candidates to the hiring manager for a second-round phone interview.


At that point we will make a decision. Our process typically takes about 60-90 days, but of course varies depending on the role and candidate pool.

Details & eligibility


Undergraduate students who have completed at least their junior year by the start of the internship, recent graduates, and graduate students are eligible to apply for internships. Recent graduates, graduate students, and business professionals are eligible to apply for fellowships.

Key dates

Summer 2015

  • Application deadline: February 9
  • Final decision: March 20
  • Training conference: May 11-16
  • Start date: May 11
  • End date: August 6

Spring, fall, and fellowship applications are considered on a rolling basis.


All applicants are notified of reception of their application within three business days of submission. Individuals being considered for a position are given the opportunity to have a preliminary phone interview. Supplementary phone interviews may take place at the discretion of the position’s supervisor.


HOPE International assists interns and fellows in securing housing and covers the expense of rent during the internship/fellowship.


Interns and fellows are 100 percent responsible for all travel and living (aside from housing) expenses incurred during their time with HOPE, including providing their own health insurance. HOPE provides all interns and fellows with resources and assistance in raising monetary support if necessary.

Early decision

Applicants requiring an earlier decision date should state such in their application. Although HOPE will try to grant these requests, the candidate will be competing against an unknown candidate pool, which lessens the likelihood of a favorable decision.

Training conference

Summer interns and fellows convene in Lancaster for a training conference prior to the start date. During this time, they meet with HOPE’s founder, Jeff Rutt; HOPE's president & CEO, Peter Greer; and the rest of the HOPE team. The training conference features various seminars and training tools in combination with HOPE’s annual Leadership Summit.

Work schedule

Full-time interns and fellows working in Lancaster work 32-hour weeks (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with an hour for lunch) and are given Friday off. Because HOPE interns and fellows in Lancaster work a shortened week, there may be opportunities for them to seek weekend employment to help cover expenses. Work schedules vary for interns and fellows based overseas. Internships with HOPE should span a minimum of 10 weeks and can be extended up to a total of nine months per the acceptance of the supervisor. Fellowships are typically 9-12 month positions.


HOPE 101: Get to know HOPE before you apply

What we do: Read about HOPE’s holistic model for empowering families in poverty.

Where we work: Discover more about the regions and countries HOPE serves.

Our leadership: Meet the men and women who provide HOPE’s strategic direction.

Our philosophy: Learn how HOPE’s approach promotes dignity not dependency.

Stories we love: Watch a video about the women HOPE serves in India.

Are HOPE internships or fellowships paid?

HOPE internships and fellowships are unpaid; however, we do cover the cost of housing for our interns and fellows (in most, but not all cases). Many interns and fellows raise money to help cover living costs.

Do you consider non-business majors?

Yes. At HOPE, we like to evaluate the whole person. We want an individual with the heart of a missionary, the mind of a businessperson, and the soul of a development worker. We have had interns and fellows with majors in English, social work, economics, international studies, foreign languages, and many more. That being said, some positions do require more of a background in finance than others.

What is housing like?

Expatriate Internships and Fellowships: Because we work with our local partners in the field for housing arrangements, housing varies. Interns and fellows are often placed with a host family or provided apartment-style housing near the location where they work. Interns and fellows are sometimes housed with a roommate, either another HOPE intern/fellow or an expatriate intern/fellow of one of our partners.

Domestic Internships and Fellowships: There are two options for housing for domestic interns and fellows. We have a relationship with Immerse International, a Christian-based ministry offering dorm-style housing for international and American students. In this living environment, you will be interacting with other college and graduate students. Another option for housing is staying in host homes of staff members or supporters of HOPE. Accommodations for interns and fellows will vary according to several factors: time of year, funding, availability of host homes, and transportation needs.

Who arranges my travel? Who pays for it?

HOPE facilitates travel arrangements abroad for expatriate interns and fellows, but the cost of travel falls on the intern/fellow.

Expatriate Interns and Fellows: We will coordinate the purchase of all international tickets because we can purchase them at a discounted rate through our relationship with our travel agency.

Why do you require that students complete their junior year in order to be eligible?

The GROW Internship and Fellowship Program is a competitive one, and we anticipate a large applicant pool. Interns and fellows who have completed more semesters of college tend to contribute more professionalism, maturity, independence, and confidence in the workplace. Also, they have received more relevant coursework in their major, better preparing them for their specific work here.

What is HOPE looking for in candidates?

Candidates must exhibit an active and obvious investment in the Christian faith and demonstrate commitment to helping the disadvantaged and the marginalized in the world. An ideal candidate has taken leadership positions, whether on campus, in their church, or in the community. An ideal candidate has excellent written and verbal communication skills. They have international experience, specifically experience in the developing world. Finally, our ideal candidate is a lifetime learner—an individual who gets excited by continually learning new things and is actively pursuing knowledge.

Who will be my supervisor?

Expatriate Internships and Fellowships: Interns and fellows will report to a branch manager or another staff member in the field.

Domestic Internships and Fellowships: Interns and fellows will report to a HOPE staff member.

What does the average day look like for a HOPE intern or fellow?

There’s no typical day! An average day will vary based on the role and where the intern or fellow is located.

Are there any opportunities for interns and fellows to become staff members?

Yes. However, a job is not guaranteed as a result of your internship or fellowship.

What is the support-raising process like for interns and fellows who choose to fundraise rather than self-fund?

In the past, some have chosen to write support letters for their internships/fellowships. If you would choose to do this, we would assist you in this process, offering you a sample letter to send out to supporters.

How competitive is the GROW Internship and Fellowship Program?

The average acceptance rate of applicants is approximately 30-35 percent.

What if I’m interested in multiple positions?

We ask interns and fellows to select their top two preferences. Due to the volume of applications, we are typically unable to consider applicants for more than two positions at a time.

What is the difference between an internship and a fellowship?

Internships are semester-based positions for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines. Fellowships are 9-12 month positions for experienced graduate students or business professionals.


My time as a field communications fellow with HOPE International was one of the most amazing, difficult, and rewarding experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to gain lifelong friendships while serving alongside men and women that have chosen to make an earthly and eternal impact. The fellowship position was a chance to take all the theoretical knowledge I had on marketing from college and put it into practice. God used my time as a sanctifying experience showing me what the church looks like on a global level as well as how to be a good steward of the things He has blessed us with as citizens of the United States.

Drake Holtry (2014)

The project I was given was far more responsibility than I ever dreamed I would be given during an internship. I love that HOPE believes that people will rise to a challenge if given the opportunity. I can't say enough good things about working at HOPE! The community and work environment here is unlike any I've ever seen before, and it's been a huge blessing to be here.

Sarah Ann Schultz (2014)

A definite high point was the freedom I had to contribute ideas and writing as if I had been a seasoned, trusted staff member. This was also a challenge, but I appreciated how much confidence my manager had in my ability to complete a given task. I can honestly say this has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I hate risking my believability by sounding so dramatic, but it really is true! The Leadership Summit was a time of needed healing and rejuvenation for me, and the rest of my internship carried the same theme. Over the past year or so, I've been asking the Lord to surround me with people who are passionate about his Kingdom and the pursuit of excellence in their work (specifically the field of Christ-centered economic development). I also asked for opportunities that would require faith while strengthening my walk as a disciple. In so many ways, the HOPE community has served as answers to each of those prayers.

Abigail Ferenczy (2014)

I got more out of my internship at HOPE than I ever expected to. Not only do I feel like I grew professionally, but the summer also served as a catalyst for intense spiritual growth. I'm convinced that I could not have asked for a better internship experience. I was challenged, supported, and given continuous opportunities to learn.

Caroline Jones (2013)

You will learn how business can be a proclamation of God's love and glory. It adds a whole new dimension to the word professionalism when you work for the sake of making the name of Christ known in the world.

Carson Bennett (2012)

The care HOPE puts into discipling interns and even prospective employees sets a wonderful example of office culture done well.

Steph Walker (2012)