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About HNGR Alumni

received M.A degree or higher since 2001

(44% of all graduates since 1976)

received terminal degrees

(MD, PhD, Ed, ThD, etc)

have visited the Majority World

since graduation

  • American University (JD)
  • Auburn College,
  • Biola University (Intercultural Studies),
  • Boston University (EdD, ThD, PhD Clinical Psychology)
  • California School of Professional Psychology (PsyD)
  • Cambridge University (PhD)
  • Cornell University (MBA)
  • Denver University (MSW, MA Computer Science)
  • Duke University (M.Div)
  • Eastern College,
  • Emory University (M.Div, MPH),
  • Fuller Seminary (M.A. Theology, PhD Clinical Psychology),
  • Georgetown University (MA Sociology),
  • Gordon-Conwell (M.Div)
  • Harvard University (ThD, MPP),
  • Indiana State,
  • Johns Hopkins (MSPH, MPH, PhD Public Health),
  • Loyola University, (MD)
  • Michigan State (MS),
  • Northeastern University (MA Linguistics)
  • Northwestern University (PhD Pathology, MBA
  • Notre Dame (PhD Political Science, JD)
  • Penn State (PhD Sociology)
  • Princeton University (PhD Sociology)
  • Sam Houston State (MA counseling)
  • UCLA (JD, MBA),
  • UC Davis (PhD Ecology)
  • University of Chicago (PhD Chemistry, PhD Sociology, PhD Social Services, MPP, MBA),
  • University of Florida (PhD Anthropology, JD)
  • University of Houston,
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (MD)
  • University of Iowa,
  • University of Kansas,
  • University of Maryland: MSc Conservation Biology)
  • University of Minnesota (PhD, MA Counseling)),
  • University of North Carolina (MPH)
  • University of Utah (MFA Creative Writing)
  • University of Washington (MUP, MPH, MS Epidemiology, MD, M.A. Economics)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD Health Science)
  • University of Texas (MPA, MPH),
  • Washington University (D.Sc.Engineering),
  • Westminster (MAR)
  • Wheaton College (MA Theology, M.A. counseling, MA Intercultural Studies
  • Yale University (JD, MPH)


U of Florida, Seattle University, Rutgers, Brooklyn Law School, American University, Yale Law School, Northwestern University, Notre Dame, UCLA


UIC, USCarolina, Baylor University, Ben Gurion University, Duke University, Eastern VA, Indiana University, Loyala University, Tufts University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Texas, University of Arizona, University of Colorado,  University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, USC, University of Southhampton, University of Washington, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt 


Emory, Tufts, USC, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Tulane, UNC, UCLA, Loma Linda, UIC, UC Berkeley, UofMich, UMinnesota, University of Texas, Yale University Northwestern University


Duke Divinity School, Emory, Covenant Seminary, Alliance Theological Seminary, Princeton Seminary, Southern Baptist Seminary, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Gordon Conwell, Eastern College, Denver Seminary, Fuller Seminary,


Harvard University


writing, computer science, counseling, engineering agronomy, musicology, education, bilingual education, African history, social work, public policy, economics, linguistics, theology etc: University of London, University of Bolivia, Cornell University, UNT, George Mason, Texas A&M, Michigan State, UC Berkeley, University of Minnesota, UC Davis, University of Denver, University of Montana, University of Chicago 


Anthropology (Michigan State, U of Florida), Sociology (UC Berkeley, Penn State, U of C), Ecology (UC Davis), Political Science (Notre Dame, Princeton University), Soil Science (Duke University), Clinical Psychology (Depaul University), Social Services (U of C), Epidemiology (UAlaska), Economics (University of Minnesota), Mathematics, Northern Illinois Univeristy), Chemistry (U of C), Biochemistry (Purdue), International Development (U of Wisc), Pathology (Northwestern), Plant Breeding (Cornell University), Psychology, (Clark University,Fuller); Cambridge (unknown degree), Theology (Boston University)  Linguistics (Michigan State), Public Health (Johns Hopkins), Engineering (Utah State University) 


M.Ed, PsyD, EdD

Advocacy/Law/Human Rights Organizations

Paz y Esperanza, many law firms, Bread for the World, ONE Campaign, Food for the Hungry, International Criminal Court, International Rescue Committee, Red Cross International, DuPage United, Tierra Nueva


World Relief, Lawndale Christian Health Services, AIDS Community Services, LifeNet International, International Justice Mission, Making a Melody, Micah Project, Evangelical Child and Family Agency, Emmaus Ministries, CLAVES, Congo Initiative, Habitat for Humanity, Heartland Alliance, Outreach Community Ministries, Amani Foundation, Opportunity International

Parachurch Orgs

Lutheran Social Services, MCC, Catholic Charities, CRWRC, World Vision, Compassion International


USAID, US State Department, Head Start, Congregational Budget Office, Department of Education, USDA, USAFD, US Army, US Department of Defense, Government Accountability Office, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, California Public Utilities Commission, Americorps, World Bank, United Nations

Research institutions

J-PAL (MIT), Chalmers Center, Haupert Institute, Isthmus & Strait, Sabin Vaccine Institute, Center for Human Nutrition (Johns Hopkins), Nat’l Institutes of Health


many churches such as Willowcreek Community Church


many schools : Whitney Young High School, Montessori (many), Chicago Hope Academy, Teach for America

Higher Education

Wheaton College, Calvin College, UNC, Penn State, Taylor University, Johns Hopkins


Chokee Investment Partners, Tucson Water, Kimberly-Clark, J.P. Morgan & Co., Simply Green, State Farm, Quicken Loans, Charles Schwab, Nations Bank, Southwest Detroit Business Association, GE Capital Technology Finance, General Motors, General Mills Corporation, James Avery Craftsman


ECHO, Springdale Farm, Museum of Science and Industry, EPIC


Many hospitals; Department of Infection Diseases, Cleveland Clinic, Sidney Hillman Health Center, Scripps Memorial


Free-lance photography, graphic design (Cutherell), Making a Melody, Celebration Cinema, First Insigh Corp


CMA, Pioneers, IMB, Mercy Medical Group, Reach Global, Frontiers, Reach Global, Navigators, SEED International, Wycliffe

Alumni Reflections

Hear from our alumni about their experience with HNGR.

Rachel Janzen ('97)

My HNGR experience prepared me for full-time ministry in Rwanda. I learned in those 6 months in Ghana that the most important thing about ministry is just being with people, sharing life experiences together, crying with them in their pain and rejoicing in their successes. It seems I rely on my experience in Ghana everyday as I am continually stretched to be more flexible, more patient, to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone, to overcome cultural misunderstandings, to see from another person's perspective and point of view and to love others with only the love that God can give.

Jason Polk ('00)

My HNGR internship was a decisive and transformative experience which has shaped nearly every aspect of my life since my time at Wheaton. HNGR helps form the lens through which I view the realities of poverty and community transformation in a interconnected and rapidly changing world. I decided to work internationally in areas of community health and pastoral ministry/church planting because of HNGR. The experiences, relationships, readings, and reflections to which I was exposed during that time form the foundation on which I have continued to build over the past 15+ years, and in many ways have been woven into the fabric of who I am. It would be difficult to overemphasize the shaping influence HNGR has upon my daily life.

Erin Mulholland ('12)

In the few years that have passed since my HNGR internship I have found that HNGR is not a one-time experience, but a lifelong journey. The decisions that brought me to where I am today - where to live and work, what church community to join, what relationships to pursue - were all impacted by the lessons I learned through the HNGR Program. I see my investment in my multiethnic church community as a continuation of my investment in the global Church that began in a small church in Sierra Leone. I see my work seeking healthcare equality among low-income communities in Chicago as a continuation of the work I began in a hospital in rural Sierra Leone.

Alexis Olsen ('95)

As a result of HNGR, I come into cross cultural relationships with a posture of appreciation and a desire to learn. HNGR readings by Henri Nouwen continue to shape my view of compassion and what it means to be in ministry. And I continue to enjoy friendships and Facebook updates from my fellow HNGR interns-there's a sweet fellowship of those who have participated in this transformational program-regardless of when they went.

Laura Montgomery ('77)

As my first fieldwork experience, my internship in Guatemala launched my career as a cultural anthropologist. It taught me deep lessons about the structural injustices that immiserate and disempower the many but enrich and empower the few. The experience left indelible spiritual and intellectual marks that have guided my scholarly work, teaching, and Christian faith into the present. I don't believe that would have happened had I not lived in that Mayan village. The graciousness of the villagers and fellow believers who invited me into their lives taught me a great deal about empathy, humility, and the importance of asking questions.

Chris DeBoer (Uganda, '10)

Medical Doctor

I think back to patients at Kagando Hospital and their stories fuel me to use medicine as a tool for social change and to think critically about how my daily choices should be oriented toward reconciliation of disparities in my own community and across the world.

Morgan Younkin (Peru, '09)

Medical Doctor

HNGR helped me find the words to begin asking and living the questions. Questions that continue to be prescient for my wife and I are: who is my neighbor, what does solidarity mean for us, and what does it mean to be the beloved community? In Family Medicine, the central question is: how do we affirm each patient's humanity and learn to simply be there? In public health, the question my faith begs frequently is: whose perspective are we valuing?

Esther Prins (El Salvador, '93)

Associate Professor-Penn State

It was during my HNGR internship in El Salvador in 1993 that I discovered my calling in adult education. The internship-particularly my experience teaching a small literacy class in a squatter settlement and reading Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed-sparked my professional interest in the connection between adult education (especially adult literacy) and social justice.

Robert Miner (Haiti, '78)

Civil Engineer-Self-Employed

Largely as a result of my internship experience I think that healthy change anywhere depends on right relationships between individuals, communities and nations and I view the transforming power of Christian faith as the most potent force for right relations and positive change.

Josiah Lamp (Burkina Faso, '04)

Deputy Director of Housing-Chautauqua Opportunities

Today I work in a low-income community in rural New York. As different as that may be from my internship site in Ouagadougou, I still rely on the basic lessons I learned then-to listen first and to see people for their strengths, not their deficiencies. As an anti-poverty practitioner, I want to see people and communities become empowered, so the methods we use are just as important as the outcomes; it has been very rewarding to see local activists, grassroots groups, and low-income people become agents of change in their own lives and in the life of their community.

Elisabeth Farmer (Burkina Faso, '01)

Livelihoods Specialist-World Bank

One of the main ways in which I still feel the formative effects of HNGR in my life is in my commitment to in-depth engagement with the local community and culture. For many development workers, their host country is simply a temporary posting, and learning the local language -- especially in a country like Ethiopia, which has its own unique language(s) -- is often not a priority. But I learned (the hard way) during HNGR that learning a language a) is important for communication, a sense of belonging, and showing appreciation and respect for my local counterparts, and b) doesn't happen without a lot of hard work!

Elisabeth Vish (Kenya, '07)

Presidential Management Fellow-US Department of State

HNGR helped me see firsthand how limited public access to clean water, sewer, and well-constructed roads hurts both the poor and the rich.

Erin Mulholland (Sierra Leone, '12)

Care Coordinator-Lawndale Christian Health Center

HNGR is not a one-time experience, but a lifelong journey. The decisions that brought me to where I am today - where to live and work, what church community to join, what relationships to pursue - were all impacted by the lessons I learned through the HNGR Program. I see my investment in my multiethnic church community as a continuation of my investment in the global Church that began in a small church in Sierra Leone. I see my work seeking healthcare equality among low-income communities in Chicago as a continuation of the work I began in a hospital in rural Sierra Leone.

Sarah Halter (Kenya, '02)

Medical Practitioner-Lutheran Hospital

My HNGR journey fundamentally shaped how I see the world and my role working in a community and culture that is not my own. I am in Tanzania as a learner and partner, not to do anything for someone but to walk alongside friends and neighbors as they seek to address the needs they see in their own lives and community.

Kerri Garner (Nicaragua, '91)

Play Therapist-Self-employed

I would say that I still draw on the life lessons from HNGR nearly every day. Whether I am guiding our children through transition or cultural conflicts that are typical of Third Culture Kids or I am listening with sensitivity to the cultural values of a family in therapy or allowing the locals to correct my Kiswahili, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that how I navigate all these experiences today has everything to do with what HNGR taught me back then.

Christy Page (Thailand, '05)

Assistant Director-Westmoor Park

Being on HNGR in Thailand both profoundly influenced my personal growth, as well as directed my passions for post-college life. Today, the work I do in agricultural and environmental education is directly related to what I learned on my HNGR internship, and I reference that time in Thailand often as I try to encourage the students and their families to take a holistic view of their role in the environment.

Ann Kim (Nicaragua, '00)

Biotechnology Industry

My HNGR experience was not about being sacrificial, or saving the world, or transforming communities in the little time spent during my internship. It taught me to see reality, put talents into practice and give back to those in need. And in the long-term, it has helped me understand how to be an agent of change in a increasingly dissonant, dichotomized, and separated world. I am challenged regularly on how to use my talents for the betterment of something bigger.

Kenya Heard (Nicaragua, '16)

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

HNGR allows you to see a new culture from the inside out. You learn from leaders, supervisors, mentors, and friends in your context, engage in the intimate home setting of your family, and become immersed in a new place.

Kelly Wilson (Nicaragua, '16)


HNGR is about posture, relationships, and learning an alternative narrative to live in the world. The process of HNGR should hopefully provide space in which the Holy Spirit reorients, revisions, and redefines your life, future, priorities, values, questions, and way of being in the world.