HOPE's hiring process

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

  1. PRAYER

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

  2. COMMITTEE

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

  3. POST & REVIEW

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

  4. SCREEN & INVITE

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

  5. SECOND INTERVIEW

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

  6. FACE to FACE

    We will select several top candidates to bring in for face-to-face interviews.

  7. At that point we will make a decision. Our process typically takes about 120 days but of course varies depending on the role and candidate pool.

HOPE's hiring process

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

  1. PRAYER

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

  2. COMMITTEE

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

  3. POST & REVIEW

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

  4. SCREEN & INVITE

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

  5. SECOND INTERVIEW

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

  6. DECISION

    At that point we will make a decision. Our process typically takes about 120 days but of course varies depending on the role and candidate pool.

Get to know HOPE before you apply.

Details & eligibility

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 2018

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

Interviews

Individuals being considered for a position will have a preliminary interview and then a secondary interview.

Housing

HOPE International assists interns and fellows in securing housing and offers a stipend to offset the expense of rent during the internship/fellowship.

Wages

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.

Applicant FAQs

How should I apply?

First, check out HOPE’s open positions. If there are any roles that could be a fit, please click on the open position and click on the “apply now” button. You will be directed to enter your resume and cover letter into our applicant tracking system. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to answer individual phone calls or email requests for status updates.

We cannot accept hard-copy materials. Thank you!

Why is HOPE International in Lancaster, PA?

HOPE was founded in Lancaster in 1997 by Jeff Rutt, a local home builder. A vibrant city of approximately 60,000 people, Lancaster has something for everyone. Here are the top 10 reasons we love Lancaster:

  1. Named one of the top 10 most exciting small cities in America
  2. Close to Baltimore, Philadelphia, D.C., and New York—but without the high cost of living
  3. Great shopping and a vibrant local food scene
  4. Home of the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market
  5. Regular events like First Friday, free concerts in Long’s Park, and more
  6. Scenic location, perfect for exploring the great outdoors
  7. Dynamic art, theatre, and music scenes
  8. Lancaster is happy!
  9. Summer evenings cheering on our very own minor league baseball team
  10. Delicious ice cream and whoopie pies: Need we say more?

What is HOPE culture like?

We like to say that we take our work seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Our culture is something we’re really excited about. So excited that we have a whole section on this page dedicated to talking about it. Learn more about our culture through our PASSION statement, manifesto, and statement of faith.

What does a typical day look like?

There is no “typical” day at HOPE! Daily responsibilities will depend on your role, but there are some things that you can count on if you are a domestic staff member: staff prayer times on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; staff devotions on Tuesdays; and staff meetings every other Thursday. These are times that domestic staff get together and intentionally study the Word, pray, celebrate, and hold one another accountable. We look forward to these times of building relationships with each other and with the Lord.

What do staff members say is their favorite thing about working at HOPE?

If you ask different people this question, you’ll get different responses. Many people cite their passion for HOPE’s mission to alleviate both physical and spiritual poverty. Some love HOPE because they get to make an impact for the Lord while using their gifts and abilities. Others love the culture. Often, people say their favorite thing about HOPE is that they get to pray and worship with colleagues. Many love to see the pride on clients’ faces when they use their gifts and passions to provide for their families and communities. It varies, but everyone has a long list of things that bring them back to work each day!

What is the interview process like?

HOPE’s interview process is extremely collaborative. We begin by screening resumes. The next step is an initial phone interview with human resources. Candidates who move beyond the initial phone screen will interview over the phone again, this time with the hiring manager. There is sometimes a third phone screen with an executive team member, and finalists are brought to Lancaster to interview in person with the search committee. Our goal is to complete each hiring process within 120 days.

This process may vary for international roles.

How do I know the status of my application?

After you enter your resume and cover letter into our applicant tracking system, you will receive an email indicating that we have received your materials. You will be emailed again with any relevant information regarding your application. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to answer individual phone calls or email requests for status updates.

Applicant FAQs

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.

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 support-raising process like for interns and fellows who choose to fundraise?

In the past, some have chosen to raise support for their internships or fellowships. If you choose to do this, HOPE assists you in this process, offering you resources and support to help raise the support you need.

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

Yes, quite a few HOPE staff members first came to HOPE through an internship or fellowship. However, a job is not guaranteed as a result of your internship or fellowship.

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

There’s no typical day! Interns and fellows might travel frequently into the field or work primarily from an office setting. An average day will vary based on the role and where the intern or fellow is located.

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 is HOPE looking for in candidates?

HOPE looks first for candidates who exhibit an active and vibrant relationship with Christ and demonstrate commitment to serving families who have been marginalized. An ideal candidate has led others, whether on campus, in their church, or in the community. An ideal candidate also has excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as international experience, specifically in the developing world. Finally, an ideal candidate is a lifelong learner—someone who gets excited by continually learning new things and is actively pursuing knowledge.

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.

Who arranges my travel? Who pays for it?

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

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

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 sometimes live with a roommate, either another HOPE intern or fellow or an expatriate intern or fellow of one of our partners.

Domestic Internships and Fellowships: One option for housing is staying in homes hosted by 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.

Do you consider non-business majors?

Yes. At HOPE, we believe it’s important to evaluate a candidate as a whole. 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 technical background in finance or other fields.

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 funds to help cover living costs.

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