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International Summer Internship (Ecuador)

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

  • 5-week position 1st session: May 23, 2020- June 27, 2020 (virtual session. NOT in Ecuador)
  • 5-week position 2nd session: June 28, 2020- August 2, 2020 (in Ecuador)

As a summer intern with Manna Project, you will embark on a 5-10 week adventure working within an Ecuador community. You will use your energy, passions and intelligence to contribute to development programs in your area of interest. This firsthand experience will improve your language skills, change the way you see the world, and leave you wanting more!

About Manna Project International:
Manna Project International (MPI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization where young professionals can apply their passions, experience, and education through service to communities in need. With the vision of communities serving communities, MPI’s model is a collaborative community-based approach to development. At our sites in Ecuador and Nicaragua, groups of year-long volunteers live and work together implementing a range of education, health and livelihood community development programs.

Our Summer Interns support the programmatic efforts of our Program Directors (PDs), who run the day-to-day operations of MPI’s community programs on the ground in Ecuador and Nicaragua. These teams are comprised of young professionals and recent college graduates who work alongside local leaders to address each community’s specific needs. Program Directors and Summer Interns utilize their education, passions, and interests to develop and sustain existing programs and to establish new projects. As a Summer Intern, you will receive experience in international development, program design, implementation of new projects, grant writing, nonprofit administration, fundraising, social media, public relations, and donor relations.

There are 5 primary roles for Summer Interns:
1. Developing and running community programs
2. Managing organizational operations
3. Building relationships with local organizations and community members
4. Hosting short-term volunteers & training incoming Program Directors
5. Raising awareness in the U.S. of international issues

The responsibilities of Summer Interns include any and all tasks necessary to maintain and improve the day-to-day operations of MPI. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Maintaining current community development programs, and design and implement new initiatives;
  • Building and deepening MPI’s local and international partnerships;
  • Collaborating regularly with fellow Program Directors and the Country Director to improve the reach and effectiveness of MPI’s programs;
  • Submitting programmatic reports to the Country Director and regularly tracking metrics to assess the impact of MPI’s programs;
  • Training the incoming group of Program Directors, with an eye to efficient, effective, and sustainable progress and programming;
  • Fundraising for on-site programmatic and operational development; and
  • Participating in organization-wide planning and development, including recruitment, finances, grant writing, fundraising, social media, public relations, and donor relations.

  • A willingness to commit to MPI’s principles and approach to community development
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work in a team, professionally and personally, as Program Directors both live and work together
  • Enthusiasm to experience a new culture and customs and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone
  • High level of patience and flexibility, as living and working in a developing country is often unpredictable and moves at a different pace than in the U.S.
  • Self-starter, able to succeed in an environment with a high level of autonomy
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Spanish skills preferred