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Internship applications are now being accepted for our July and October 2018 positions! 2017-12-05

Are you looking to launch your agriculture or development career and work with smallholder farmers? Then the ECHO internship might be for you.

Since accepting its first intern in 1981, ECHO has guided the professional development of more than 245 interns. Interns develop lifelong professional networks and friendships. The following are reflections from previous interns:

"In a unique way, that perhaps traditional education misses out on, the ECHO internship provides a space where the significance and relevance of the material are at the forefront. With the application already in mind, confidence is built through the hands-on learning aspect and refined in a place where incredible resources and staff guide the learning process. The things I've learned here will stick with me."  - Luke D.

“The internship at ECHO was a pivotal point in my life.  It was a unique time to live and work with others who have similar passions, learning together as we sought to translate what we learned in school into real life.  Friendships made during my intern year have endured, and I continue to value the friendship and professional expertise of many others in the ever-growing network of former ECHO interns.” – Marcie D.    

ECHO’s Internship is a paid, 14-month program. It provides an opportunity for professional and personal growth for college graduates pursuing a career in international community development, with a focus on small-scale tropical agriculture and appropriate technologies. The internship program provides hands-on training on ECHO’s tropical demonstration farm in Florida. Interns contribute to ECHO's global ministry and develop basic skills in small-scale agriculture, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, public speaking, managing volunteers, and more. Interns also participate in seminars and field trainings in a wide range of agriculture and community development topics. ECHO will select four agriculture interns during each round of applications.

The internship application form can be found here.

Applications will be accepted through February 1, 2018. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the ECHO intern manager, Brian Flanagan.

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Upcoming events

Cocina sana y sustentable
Mon, 18 December 2017 » Fri, 22 December 2017

"Las Cañadas" Centro de Agroecología y vida sostenible, Mexico

Tropical Agriculture Development: The Basics - January 2018
Mon, 15 January 2018 » Fri, 19 January 2018

ECHO Global Farm, United States of America

Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally  are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held two times a year. Course participants will gain an introduction to aspects of poverty and community development and an orientation to ECHO. They will also receive instruction on proven agricultural principles/practices and practical techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional needs of small-scale far...

Myanmar Seed Saving Workshop
Wed, 17 January 2018 » Thu, 18 January 2018

Kahelu Center, Myanmar

ECHO Asia, in conjunction with the PMA CSSDD (Pathein Myaungmya Sgaw Karen Baptist Association- Christian Social Services Development Division) with funding from the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP-USA) welcomes anyone working in agriculture and community development to attend a sponsored seed saving workshop from January 17 - 18, 2018 at Pathein, in the Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar. This free, two day event will include hands-on training on seed saving best practices (at NGO and community...

2018 Asia Pacific Sustainable Agriculture & Development Conference
Tue, 6 February 2018 » Fri, 9 February 2018

Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS), Philippines

3rd ECHO East Africa Pastoralist Symposium
Tue, 6 March 2018 » Thu, 8 March 2018

Sportsmans Arms Hotel, Kenya

ECHO East Africa welcomes your participation in the 3rd ECHO East Africa Pastoralist Symposium in Nanyuki, Kenya from 6th -8th March, 2018 at the Sportsmans Arms Hotel. With a great anticipation we hope that the molding together of the topics discussed, action agenda produced during the afternoon workshops on Days 2 & 3, as well as the networking which will occur, will significantly impact our future work together.

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