Programs Intern

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 programs team in improving communications, data management, data 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 team’s use in storytelling and communications
  • 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


  • 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, or 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


  • Please refer to the Internships page for the dates of the season to which you are applying. Internship dates can be flexible. If an early decision is needed, please specify in your application.
  • Interns must be able to provide their own transportation for the semester-long period.


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 to offer academic credit for your experience.