Local Education Internships

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WHRI trains individuals who feel called to address hunger through agriculture and food systems locally and internationally. Interns work and study for one year on our 40-acre farm in central Texas, followed by an optional three-month experience working with one of our partners around the world.

How interns learn:
The WHRI farm produces organic vegetables, milk, eggs, and meat for sale in the local market. Interns are, therefore, involved in all aspects of running a working farm (planning, production, research, marketing, etc.). We try as much as possible to utilize production techniques appropriate to developing-world settings. These include composting, cover cropping, bio-intensive integrated pest management, drip irrigation, multi-species rotational grazing, pastured poultry, etc.

We develop projects in Waco, TX in collaboration with other anti-hunger efforts to give interns practical knowledge about community development alongside staff and community members.

There are several intern programs that have different focuses.
1). Local Education Interns: oversee on and off farm education programming. This includes volunteer management, recruitment, and education; there are two positions available annually.
2). Produce Interns: oversee production in the garden at WHRI, this includes a CSA program as well as vegetable production for multiple market days; there are 2 positions available annually.
3). Livestock Interns: oversee livestock production at WHRI, this includes many different species (including bees, chickens, cattle, rabbits and goats); there are 2 positions available annually.

All Interns will develop skills in sustainable agricultural production and participatory problem-solving, develop a holistic approach to Christian missions, understand the socio-political contexts of world hunger and identify appropriate Christian responses.

Local Education interns specialize in learning practical approaches to community development and cross-cultural communication.  In response, they will educate people to become well-informed advocates who support anti-hunger initiatives, participate in food education programs in the community, partner with educators to build nutrition and environmental education programs in schools, become familiar with developing world technology, educate others on how to solve or discuss hunger issues locally and internationally.  They will manage our Local Education Programs on the farm which include Living on the Other Side (LOTOS), tours, Nicaragua House, Farm Camp, and growing edible landscapes.  Finally, Local Education interns will manage volunteers and on/off farm education initiatives.

Interns will also participate in general farm work (including weekend duty on a rotating basis), weekend volunteer management (on a rotation) and sell at the Farmers Market on Saturdays (as needed).

General Information for all interns:
Opportunities exist with several international partners. Those interns who desire to participate in an optional international internship will be encouraged to raise support through fund-raising activities.
To supplement practical learning, interns attend classroom lessons two afternoons per week. Curriculum for these lessons covers a broad range of topics, but centers on sustainable agriculture, food policy, business management and Christian missions. Field trips are also organized to other farms, and interns are encouraged to attend conferences, and workshops around the country. Click here to view the current class schedule.

What Interns Receive:
WHRI provides interns with housing,utilities and staple foods (you may request a list). We try as much as possible to consume food produced on the farm including vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, meat, eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt. Since some of this production is seasonal, it is supplemented by purchased staples. Non-staple foods may be purchased at the intern’s expense. We are located around 1 mile from a grocery store and post office and approximately 7 miles from downtown Waco.

In keeping with our emphasis on sustainable living, intern housing is simple but adequate. Our dormitory houses up to 15 single interns and volunteers. In addition, we have limited housing for families. The dorm has a communal kitchen, and residents work together to keep the facility clean and healthful.

A stipend of approximately $500/month is provided. Interns should plan to reserve a portion of this stipend for basic health insurance, which is required for all interns. It will be up to the intern to secure their own insurance, though we can offer assistance in figuring out which insurance policy may be best-suited for you.

How to Apply
Download the Intern Application at the top of this page, and email inquiries or questions to our Training Manager. You may email your completed application to our Training Manager (trainingmanager@worldhungerrelief.org).

Local Education Internships are from August to September or January to February the following year, lasting approximately 13 months.

Daily Schedule

6:30 am Milking (rotates between community members)
7:00 am Devotions
7:30 am Main Building chores
7:45 am Daily Farm Work (weeding, planting, leading tours, community outreach, etc.)
12:30 pm Community Lunch
2:00 pm Classroom Lessons (M, Th) or garden club, volunteer management, lesson planning (T, W, F)
4:30 pm Milking (rotates between community members)

How to Apply

Download the Intern Application at the top of this page, and email inquiries or questions to our Training Manager. You may email your completed application to our Training Manager (trainingmanager@worldhungerrelief.org), or mail/fax a hard copy to the Training Manager’s attention at the address or fax number provided below.  Please make note of our application submission deadlines listed below.

World Hunger Relief, Inc.
P.O. Box 639
Elm Mott TX 76640


Submission Deadlines:

All of our WHRI Internships (Produce, Livestock and Local Education) now have June 1 and January 1 start dates. We now have suggested deadlines of March 1 for our internships that begin June 1 and an October 1 deadline for our internships that begin January 1. We will, however, accept applications at any time as well as occasionally early-accept a candidate.

Applications will be reviewed during the month following the application submission deadline, with internships being offered to applicants on or around the first day of the following month.

For international candidates:
Due to the challenges of acquiring visas for our international applicants, we will be creating a separate international intern position with a rolling start date. We will be providing more information soon on this new internship position.