Volunteers are essential to Kiva and its mission of connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty. Join the Kiva team by finding the volunteering opportunity that is right for you! Volunteering with Kiva is a great way to participate in Kiva's mission!
Kiva Interns dedicate 4-5 months (approximately 20 weeks), part-time, to provide support to their team managers and contribute to in-depth projects and processes that will help them build a career in the International Development, Technology, Nonprofit, and Social Enterprise fields. The specific projects and processes an intern works on depend on the position he/she is selected for. These could include positions working in program management for Kiva's volunteer programs, marketing and communications, community support, or in areas of product management, development, or microfinance partnerships.
While interns work on high impact projects with their teams, the Kiva Internship Program also provides interns with the unique opportunity to participate in the following programs:
- Education - Kiva Curriculum: monthly microfinance classes taught by Kiva staff members. Fireside Chats: Kiva staff members share how they got to Kiva, what their role is, more about their specific team, and provide opportunity for Q&A.
- Professional Development - Skill-building workshops, resume reviews, network of over 300 Kiva Intern alums, introduction to a network of mission focused non-profits and tech startups.
- Social Experiences - Intern breakfasts, off site excursions, happy hours, lunches in the park, alumni events.
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When Kiva hires to fill internship roles, we have some positions that require a specific skill set and others that fit into a more general pool. It is the Internship Program's responsiblity to match your skills, experience, and interests with Kiva's team and project needs. When applying, please apply to the general Kiva Internship job description unless you have a specific skill set that matches the individual internship roles posted online. To apply and learn more about the Internship Program expectations and requirements, visit the application page.
What happens after I complete my Kiva Internship?
It is important to note that internship positions do not turn into staff positions at Kiva. If there is a position that becomes available at the time a volunteer is working at Kiva, we would consider current or former interns as we would any other applicant applying externally. We've found it is important to set expectations appropriately very early on in the discussion with potential interns. That said, Kiva invests in the preparation of interns for their next opportunity, whether at Kiva or elsewhere.
Following their internships, Kiva Interns have gone on to continue their careers at companies such as.......
Remote Volunteer Opportunities
Kiva Fellows Program
Kiva Fellows travel to and live in the host country of one of our partner microfinance institutions (MFI) for a minimum of 12 weeks. By journaling on the behalf of our MFI partner, Kiva Fellows are able to convey the impact on the entrepreneur of a Kiva loan. For more information and the application, visit Kiva Fellows Program.
Kiva Review and Translation Program
Kiva Editors and Translators volunteer from their own homes for at least two hours per week editing, translating, and thoroughly reviewing loan profiles from around the world for publication on the Kiva website.
If you have a background in editing, technical writing, or journalism, you may be able to support Kiva’s mission by reviewing and lightly editing loan profiles. Visit Kiva Editing Program for registration and additional information.
If you are a native or native-level English speaker and have high-level proficiency in a foreign language, you may be able to support Kiva’s mission by translating loan profiles. Visit Kiva Translation Program for registration and additional information.