HNGR Program Overview


A six-month service-learning internship in the Majority World is at the heart of the HNGR experience. The four essential elements of all HNGR internships are:

  • Cross-cultural experience. Broaden your vision of the world through immersion in your host culture
  • Service. Gain experience in development work by volunteering in projects that further your host organization’s work and mission
  • An academic project. Engage intellectually with global challenges, and integrate your major into your internship experience
  • Action-reflection learning. Listen to the voices of the Majority World and learn about faithful responses to the challenges they face

Past internships have included, but are not limited to, projects in:

  • Church-Based Development
  • Advocacy & Social Justice
  • Gender Equality
  • Peace & Reconciliation
  • Microfinance
  • Child/Youth Development & Education
  • Agriculture/Environment
  • HIV/AIDS & Community Health
  • Land Rights & Access
  • Community Art
  • Water & Resource Development

For more details, see the Internships page.

Before they are approved for HNGR internships, students are carefully screened to ensure adequate maturity, proper motivation, and intellectual preparation. Applicants will need some cross-cultural preparation and language study, though lack of these will not automatically preclude acceptance to the Program. HNGR Certificate candidates must complete 16-18 credit hours of preparatory coursework before the internship. To be eligible to apply, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8. All majors are welcome to apply.

Host Organizations and Placement
HNGR's global partners include non-governmental organizations that are both internationally and domestically initiated. They are usually faith-based entities, and all are committed to holistic transformational development. Ideally, HNGR seeks to place interns with community-based initiatives that have grown around a local vision and have indigenous leadership.

Interns are placed through an intentional, discernment process that seeks to integrate the student’s particular interests and the resources and opportunities provided by host organizations.  The placement process begins during the fall semester of the junior year and concludes sometime around mid-late spring semester.

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