Central America Internships

University intern noting updates in our Family Farming Program, rural Nicaragua.
University intern noting updates in our Family Farming Program, rural Nicaragua.

University student interns at our Central America offices work with our staff and rural community members to gain first-hand experience in non-profit operations, project research, development, implementation, and assessment.

Internship positions include:

  • Grant research and writing

  • Marketing and outreach

  • Social media and photography 

  • Environmental education and agroforestry 

  • English tutoring 

  • Youth and sports development 

  • Computer education and training 

  • Art, Music, and Dance  

Program Highlights:

Live and work side-by-side with community members in León, Nicaragua or Panajachel, Guatemala.

Participate directly in our ongoing rural development programs, such as building construction, reforestation, food security, youth arts, and sports.

Interns are mentored by our experienced staff members with the support of local experts that strengthen their skills, facilitate introspective reflection, build community and manage safety and risk. 

Spend the first part of the day working with our staff in the office, developing a plan of action in their chosen project area, which is followed by fieldwork in the rural communities working side by side with community members. 

After the workday is done and on the weekends, interns are free to experience the cultural beauty of León, Nicaragua or Panajachel, Guatemala. 

How to apply:

  1. Send your Resume and Cover Letter to our Global Education Program Director

  2. Explain why you want to intern for ViviendasLeón, what dates and duration you are interested in interning, and your top two intern position choices.

  3. If you are seeking financial assistance for your internship? Include a one-page funding request stating why you need funding, how much you are requesting, and what makes you an exceptional candidate for a scholarship.

  4. Schedule an interview with the ViviendasLeón SF team

Related Updates


An Interview with Farmer Exania Estrada

“My name is Exania Estrada. I am a muchacha.” Exania Estrada grew up in the municipality of Larreynaga in León. She lives in the community of Trolio with her husband, in-laws and two daughters of three and nine years old. She has a passion for cultivating land, especially in her own family garden.

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An Interview with HCT Coordinator, Cris Rojás

“I first liked social work because in my community I saw the difficulties and lack of resources within the school system. Another challenge was the distance (from residents’ homes to school) that limits good attendance in the school. I always dreamed of having knowledge in helping communities…to contribute to helping the poor especially in the city of León” 

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An Interview with Director Brenda Acosta

Brenda has always been passionate about working with numbers and finance, and with beekeeping. She first studied agronomy, the science of soil management and crop production, but later decided to focus her studies on personal finance in the hope of earning a more secure income.

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