Hope in the Harvest Internships at the ARC
Opportunity for Internship
If you are interested in learning more about or gaining experience in agricultural missions internationally, an internship with HITH at the Agricultural Research Center (ARC) is a great place to start. Through an internship, you will have the opportunity increase your knowledge, understanding, and skills in tropical agriculture, implementing projects, community development programs, cross-cultural work, discipleship, gospel outreach programs, and more. Internships are rolling and can begin during any month of the year (except July).
- Exploratory (2 weeks -2 months). Exploratory Internships are for those who are exploring the idea of doing short-term or long-term agricultural missions work. This is for those individuals who are interested in learning first-hand about international agricultural missions programs, the structure, the challenges, and the opportunities. During an exploratory trip, interns would be briefly acquainted with what it is like to live in a new culture. Interns would spend most of their time shadowing either the agricultural missionaries or the farm crew staff, learning some of the basics of tropical agriculture.
- Short-term (3-6 months). Short-term internships are for those who are committed to spending a few months here at the ARC doing agricultural development work in Liberia. These short-term internships are for those who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding and practical knowledge of tropical agriculture as well as a deeper appreciation for what it is like to live and work in a developing country like Liberia. These short-term interns will spend their first month getting acquainted with both the culture, through engaging in a variety of cultural experiences and trainings, and with the projects here at ARC, rotating through all aspects of the farm to gain a working knowledge in each area. After that, depending on an intern’s interest/background, interns will have the opportunity to join an existing project’s work or create their own project that fulfills a need for HITH, the community, or the ARC Farm Areas of focus are listed below.
- Long-term (1+ years). The long-term internships are for those who are committed to spending at least 1 year at the ARC doing agricultural missions work. These internships are for those who are interested in living and working abroad long-term. These long-term interns will spend their first month getting acquainted with both the culture, through engaging in a variety of cultural experiences and trainings, and with the projects here at ARC, rotating through all aspects of the farm to gain a working knowledge in each area. After that, depending on an intern’s interest/background, interns will have the opportunity to join an existing project’s work or create their own project that fulfills a need for HITH, the community, or the ARC Farm. Areas of focus are listed below.
**Important. If you are a student and wish to receive academic credit for your internship with HITH, please mark the box on the application and we will work with you and your institution as needed to ensure you receive credit.
Areas of Focus
As an intern, especially those short-term and long-term interns, you will have the opportunity to learn a little bit about each of HITH and the ARC’s areas of focus before choosing 1 or 2 areas in which to devote your internship experience.
- Farm Experience. Gain experience working with tropical agricultural development – crops and/or livestock by working on the ARC demonstration farm.
- Research Projects. Conduct a research experiment under the supervision of the Director of the ARC and Farm Manager
- Classroom Instructor/Professor. Gain experience working as a classroom teacher by serving as a teaching assistance or teaching a class on your own (dependent on experience and approval by Dean of Agriculture Department)
- Extension Service. Work as an extension agent within the community developing and creating workshops to help educate local school-aged youth, market employees, farmers, community members, etc
- Agricultural Economic Development (Agribusiness). Serve as an advisor or resource for community members wishing to improve their agribusiness. This can include doing market surveys and analysis, conducting business trainings/workshops. AND/OR work on creating a new agribusiness project at the ARC in order to help improve sustainability of the farm.
- Farming God’s Way Ministry. Conduct FGW trainings in the rural areas of Liberia. These trainings usually last 3-4 days and they focus on sharing new agricultural techniques and management strategies alongside the gospel.
- Communication. Work on developing resources that can be used to serve the local community and international community as a whole. This can be organizing fact sheets regarding tropical agriculture products, vegetables, livestock, etc. This can also focus on writing blogs, photography/videography, website editing, marketing, fundraising, etc.
Responsibilities of Interns
- Work. Interns are committed to working in 1-2 of the selected focus areas for dedicated 30-40 hours per week along with the rest of the HITH and the ARC staff.
- Behavior. Interns are committed to maintaining integrity and professionalism in their work both on and off the farm. As bearers of Christ’s name, they are to be examples wherever they go.
- Financial. Interns are responsible for raising some funds to support their work, such as:
- Round-trip flight (about $1,500)
- Health insurance (about $1,000/year depending on coverage)
- Boarding Fee ($15/day)- goes toward housing & food while in country
- Visa ($150-$200)
- Immunizations ($100-$1,000 depending on health care coverage)
Responsibilities of HITH
- Training in Raising Support. Well before they leave for Liberia, HITH will connect prospective internships with training/resources to help them raise both financial and prayer support. HITH will also help to cover the costs associated with support raising such as printing letters, envelopes, postage, and some media-related expenses.
- Professional Development Training. HITH will provide training for interns in the area of tropical agriculture, gospel ministry, and cross-cultural communications.
- Housing. HITH will provide a place for interns to live at the ARC. This housing will have 24-hour electricity (dependent on weather), running water, cooking facilities, a bed, other furniture, indoor bathrooms, and 24-hour security. The boarding fee that interns pay goes toward paying for electric, security, and other regular maintenance costs for the housing.
- Food. The boarding fee that interns pay will also go toward food. Generally, the interns and missionaries eat meals together and most meals are prepared by the cook that the ARC has on staff.
- Financial Commitment. HITH will cover the following expenses for the interns while in country:
- Transportation within country ($20/month)
- Monthly communication allowance ($30/month)
- Project funds (as requested and approved by board)
- Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience
- Fluency in English (oral and written)
- U.S. Citizen or hold U.S. work permit
- Valid passport
- Desire to live-out a professed belief in Jesus by serving all persons in developing countries
- Ability to engage in moderate physical activity
Note: We do not require applicants to have a degree in agriculture or the natural sciences nor to have previous farming or gardening experience, although both are helpful for agriculture interns. Most interns come to ECHO right after getting their bachelor’s degree. Others have come with a variety of other qualifying experiences, including graduate study and work experience overseas and in the U.S. The purpose of the internship program is to prepare professing believers in Jesus to serve as effective agricultural and/or technology development workers so we look for candidates who are most likely to pursue this type of career.
Click here to download the application: HITH internship application 2018
Applications for internships at the ARC are rolling and can be submitted at any time throughout the year. If interested, please complete the above form and submit it to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interview with an Intern- check out the article below to see what one of our interns, Micah Murphy, had to say about his experience with Hope in the Harvest.