GROW internships & 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.

Who is HOPE?

We’re dedicated to empowering men and women to put their God-given skills to work, training and equipping them to save their own funds, start businesses, and provide for their families and communities. We see our clients as individuals created in God’s image, and instead of charity, we offer opportunity that affirms their potential as leaders, advocates, and job creators.

Internship & fellowship program overview

HOPE International is a globally recognized international microenterprise development ministry, with operations in 16 different countries. HOPE focuses on integrating an intentional, effective witness for Jesus Christ while striving for excellence in the financial services we provide to those living in poverty in underserved areas. Our 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 11 consecutive years—an honor bestowed on only the top 1 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.

Testimonials


Interning at HOPE is such a rewarding experience! There are so many opportunities for both professional and spiritual growth. Interns are trusted with meaningful work, and I was continuously impressed by the way staff was so welcoming and generous with their time. As a design intern, I was given much more responsibility than I imagined from an internship, including designing a major piece of our fall communications strategy. It was an incredible learning experience, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve with HOPE.

Kelly Ryan (2015)


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)


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Caring for each other

At HOPE, culture matters. We sum up the attributes we seek and celebrate in the acronym PASSION. Do you have PASSION?

Prayer

On your knees, please (Psalm 95:6)

Allegiance

We will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15)

Service

We'll wash feet (John 13:14)

Stewardship

To whom much is given … (Luke 12:48)

Innovation

We find solutions (Genesis 1:27)

Optimism

Strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow (Lamentations 3:22-24)

Nurturing

Love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34)

Who we are

Our brand manifesto grounds and inspires us, reminding us in compelling, relatable language who we are and who we hope to be.

We are HOPE International.

We are bankers, pastors, and development workers—concerned with both body and soul.
We are the friend who encourages “Don’t give up!”
We are a push in the right direction.
We are hard work coming to fruition.
We are dignity affirmed.
We are partners in effecting change.
We are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to a world in need.
We are HOPE International.

What we believe

Rooted in Christ, HOPE adheres to the following statement of faith, adopted from the National Association of Evangelicals.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

HOPE culture

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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. POST & REVIEW

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

  3. SCREEN & INVITE

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

  4. SECOND INTERVIEW

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

  5. DECISION

    At that point we will make a decision.

Details & eligibility

Key dates

The deadline to apply for the 2018 summer internship term is Jan 21. The summer term is May 19-Aug 2, and candidates are strongly encouraged to attend a training conference in Lancaster, PA, from May 19-23.

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.

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 at the beginning of their term. 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.

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