Q & A: Interning with the 30HF


Hey there! My name is Ellie and I’m the 30 Hour Famine intern.

Name: Ellie Hutchison

Age: 18

From: Shoreview, Minnesota

Interests: Fair Trade business, social justice, travel

Fun Fact: I’m a competitive monopoly player

Q: How did you end up interning with the 30 Hour Famine?

EH: In March of 2011 I planned a 30 Hour Famine event at my high school. I raised over $360 which made me eligible to apply for the Study Tour. Every year, the 30HF takes a handful of students overseas on the Study Tour to see how the money they raised is being used to change lives. I was chosen and got to go to Burundi this past August! It was an incredible trip and I would encourage every student to apply. While on the trip, our awesome leader Michele asked me if I would be interested in interning this fall at World Vision. I said yes!

Q: What have you learned during your time at World Vision?

EH: I’ve learned so much at World Vision! First of all, I have enjoyed learning more about humanitarian issues. I write for the 30HF blog and it has been interesting to research topics such as the effects of hunger and the crisis in the Horn of Africa. Second, I now have an idea of what it’s like to work for an organization. Interning at World Vision has taught me business basics, how to work with people and how to manage my time. Finally, I have learned that whatever I end up doing with my life, it must be meaningful. Interning with the 30HF and writing for our blog has made me feel like I’m doing my part to help lend a hand to those in need.  

Q: After interning with the 30HF team, what are your overall thoughts?

EH: I’m always initially skeptical about non-profits because it is hard to do humanitarian aid and development well. Spending a few months at World Vision has convinced me that they are a solid organization that knows what they’re doing. Working with the 30HF team has been a blessing to me. The Famine team works so hard and they are all Godly—not to mention hilarious—individuals  who truly believe fighting hunger is worth dedicating their life to.

Q: What would you tell others who are interested in interning at World Vision?

EH: Internships are great because they give you that ‘real world’ experience that employers are always looking for. Interning also offers insight into what you want to do with your life. If you are interested in interning with World Vision (or anywhere else for that matter), go for it! The best way is to apply online. Read below for some tips from World Vision’s US headquarters’ intern coordinator Grace!

Words of wisdom from Grace:

What is WV looking for? We are a support office so we are looking for students who have knowledge in areas such as marketing, communications, finance, business operations, social media, computer science, graphic design, video editing, donor relations, event planning, etc.

How do I find housing? We send links to various online bulletin boards at local churches and universities to give interns a starting point for find housing. We highly recommend looking into subleasing from other college students or looking for ways to rent a room vs. renting a full apartment. We always encourage interns to bring a car, as they may be traveling several miles toFederal Way (WV headquarters) for the internship.

Will I get paid? We provide a stipend of $650 per month to assist with commuting, housing and travel costs. 

Anything else I should know? Students should be aware that we do not send our interns overseas to international destinations.  If you are more interested in the International Programs side of things, consider World Vision’s DC office where more of those types of internships are available. Be prepared for a competitive process as we do receive 500 – 1,000 resumes per year for about 60 – 75 internships. We are currently recruiting for Spring Interns!