Apr 12, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
By Emily Wakefield
Apply to be a Kiva intern by April 22!
Looking to begin a career in international development or non-profits? Want to be a part of one of Oprah’s favorite things? Join the Kiva team as an intern and gain access to a huge personal and professional network of technology, non-profit, and microfinance professionals!

Interns are essential to Kiva’s operations and achieving its mission of connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty. There are a wide range of positions in a variety of departments, where interns work closely with staff on important, high-impact projects in a very educational and social work environment. This is no "fetching coffee and making copies" kind of internship!

Weekly brownbag lunches allow interns to hear from all different Kiva departments and get a better understanding of Kiva’s operations. There are also opportunities for cofee breaks with Kiva's CEO and President. Not to mention, Kiva's very social work culture makes coming to work fun! One past intern said, "Interning with Kiva was like finding a second family. Though hard working and driven, the Kiva office is also one of the most welcoming environments I have been honored to be a part of. Even if I had not learned practical skills and insights into my own reason for working the field, I still would have gained much from the friendships I gained."



The Kiva internship program offers training and workshops to help interns launch careers in a variety of fields after they leave our office. Past Kiva interns have gone on to work for companies such as Fair Trade USA, Salesforce, Google, Patagonia, One Acre Fund, Deloitte, Room to Read, and Square on the strength of their Kiva internship experience.

Currently we are still looking to fill the following positions for our next intern class...

Field Support Intern

As the Field Support Intern you will improve effectiveness of Kiva’s relationships with its field partners by creating partner facing materials and recognizing partner achievements -- the end goal being for partners to better understand Kiva’s systems which will help them produce the best content for the Kiva website!

Business Analyst Intern
As the Business Analyst Intern, you will work to implement an enterprise reporting system to centralize, organize, and publicize critical information we use to make decisions. Your work will include gathering user requirements, mitigating legacy reports, and finding creative ways to display new insights. Because of the wide scope of information needs across the organization, this will be a unique opportunity to work with many different departments.

Internship Program Intern
As the Internship Program Intern, you will play a critical role in bringing on new interns, developing the alumni program, and supporting the growth of Kiva’s Internship Program. Working with the Internship Program Manager, you will also organize in-office events for interns, implement orientation training, and serve as a point of reference for all interns.

US Kiva Zip Intern
As the Kiva Zip Intern, you will help to refine and pilot the most promising program concepts. You will be able to interact with many different departments and utilize creative problem-solving and independent thinking skills develop Kiva’s pilot programs.

Financial Intern
As the Financial Intern, you will help drive new effective financial decision making across Kiva. Working closely with the CFO, you will lead projects to improve end to end P&L reporting including the evaluation planning and reporting of the group’s financial performance. You will also support the functional leaders to develop effective and discrete business plans to articulate to Kiva’s senior leadership.



We are currently looking for volunteer interns who are available to work in our San Francisco HQ May 2013 - January 2014 at least 3 days a week, making this opportunity perfect for recent college graduates, young professionals, or part-time students.

Overall, we target applicants who: 1) can commit to the minimum time frame, 2) are flexible by nature, 3) are open to all types of projects, 4) are comfortable with administrative responsibility, and 5) are looking to make a significant contribution in their time with Kiva.

If this sounds like you, get your resume and cover letter ready! Join us in the fight against global poverty and apply to become a part of the Kiva family! The deadline for applications has been extended to April 22, but apply today as spots are filling up fast! 

Any questions about Kiva internships? Send them our way at blog@kiva.org!

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Hello, I am quite interested in this endeavor, however, I am not in my 20s and I have mobility issues, namely I use a cane and rolator at this time. I have strong background in environmental activism (over 20 yrs)and music(IU School of Music on viola). I turned 50 in February and I need to pursue a change in my environment! lol. So, just let me know if your organization would be a good fit for me at this time. Namaste, Myra P,S, I've long been an admirer of your group and it's mission!

I am willing go help and be part of the change

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A native of southern California, Emily is a recent graduate from Santa Clara University where she studied Economics and Spanish Studies. The highlight of her college experience was the semester she spent abroad in Granada, Spain. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in economic development after reading Half the Sky. Emily will be joining the Marketing and Communications team as a Blog and Social Media Intern and is especially excited to find new and creative ways to spread Kiva’s work to more people. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to country music, and re-watching Friends episodes for the millionth time. 

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