Interns and Students
Poverty is Not God’s Plan. You are!
By joining Tearfund, you will be part of a fast-paced, exciting team that is passionate about ending poverty in the name of Christ. You will gain valuable career experience as part of the Tearfund Family – a top tier Christian international relief and development charity that collectively works in over 50 countries around the world. You will be part of a culture that sees its work as worship as it follows Jesus where the need is greatest.
Internships and summer students run over a period of 8 to 16 weeks and may be paid or unpaid depending on department needs and budgets during the time of application. There are several opportunities throughout the year, but final placements are highly competitive – so we encourage you to check back often and apply early. We are always looking for a wide-range of expertise across different fields such as: marketing, fundraising, digital media, technology, video, storytelling, accounting, event planning, and more.
Deepen Your Experience
Internships are serious business at Tearfund—you won’t be getting coffee or filling in spreadsheets here! (OK, you might be… but you’ll also be doing much more).
Interns at Tearfund are challenged to think beyond surface level tasks and ask how they actually can achieve strategic objectives. You will typically be given 1-3 projects in which you are expected to think critically, come up with new ideas, and execute brilliantly.
Some days you’ll work long hours. But we’re passionate about the cause. The pay-off will be huge as you will gain valuable experience that will be useful throughout your career.
Grow Your Faith
As a group of passionate Christians we see every part of our work as worship. During your internship you will be involved in weekly devotionals and regular prayer. We hope your faith will grow as you see and interact with our church partners around the world. You will be challenged to see normal business functions as ministry as you conduct your daily work.
How to Apply
Read through the positions and apply as indicated. If there are no opportunities, or none that you feel are for you, you can submit a general application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your application will be evaluated and you will be contacted to do an initial screening interview to learn more about you and to discuss the current opportunities we have.
If you progress through the screening phase, you will be invited to one or two in-person interviews.
Congratulations, you’ve made it through. Discussion will take place on formal dates, pay, and other details.
Digital Marketing Specialist
You will work directly with the director of marketing to strategically grow Tearfund Canada’s brand presence and donor base using digital marketing tactics such as Google Search Ads, Display Ads, Organic and Paid Social Media, SEO, and more. You will be involved in both lead generation and conversions, helping grow our email program as well as working on appeals.
Through writing and video, you will tell the story of how God is transforming lives in some of the poorest places on Earth. With excellent communication and a creative mind, you will seek new ways to tell stories in creative ways that resonate with donors and churches in 2022. This may take various formats including narratives interviews, articles, blogs, scripts, among others.
You will be involved in several diverse and important marketing projects throughout the course of your term that will invite new people to join in Tearfund’s mission of ending extreme poverty. You will be involved in projects such as Tearfund Sunday and Tearfund’s Climate Change campaign which contain multiple components including but not limited to content production, digital marketing, print marketing, and sales.
You will be involved in advancing Tearfund Canada’s goals and activities related to advocacy on the big issues of today, specifically related to climate change. Along with the marketing and church engagement teams, you will help create and implement a climate change plan to help Christians understand their biblical mandate for taking care of creation and how climate change is affecting the poor. This may take on multiple aspects including but not limited to thought leadership production, marketing, advertising, and sales.
You will be involved in several diverse and important partnership initiatives throughout the course of your term that will invite new people to join in Tearfund’s mission of ending extreme poverty. The Fundraising Associate will support the Development team in day-to-day operations including researching sponsor opportunities, communicating with donors and foundations, and ongoing stewardship.
Does Tearfund offer co-ops?
Yes, we treat co-ops similar to internships. If you are selected for an interview, please just let us know what the requirements of your co-ops. We are more than happy to work with you to fulfill the requirements.
What time of year does Tearfund hire interns?
The majority of our hiring takes place in the spring around April or May. That being said, we are looking for talent year-round, so feel free to submit a general application at any time.
How will I know if I wasn’t selected?
Due to the volume of applications we receive we simply cannot respond to all candidates who applied. If you have been selected for an interview, you should hear back 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. If you have been interviewed, we will let you know the result either way.
Can I apply for more than one role?
Yes, we encourage you to apply to any and all roles you are interested in and can contribute to.
What do interns / students work on?
The majority of our internships are related to our marketing and fundraising functions, although we do have some admin and finance positions as well. You will be working and learning about topics such as strategy, marketing, advertising, accounting, etc… Throughout it all you will be interacting with our program team to learn about our various projects and approach. Usually, interns are assigned 1-2 key projects for their term period, where they are responsible for planning and execution.
Do interns get hired back full-time?
In some cases, interns will get hired back for another term or even get offered new full-time contracts. As we grow, more positions are becoming available.
What are the basic eligibility requirements to apply for an internship?
Interns typically are aged 30 or under especially if the internship is part of the Canada Summer Jobs grant. Interns must be humble and willing to learn, passionate about Tearfund’s mission, and aligned with its foundational beliefs.
Does Tearfund pay interns?
Tearfund offers both paid and unpaid internships throughout the year. Pay will be mentioned right on the job description so you will know before you apply. Unpaid internships typically will receive a small stipend to help with travel and meal costs.
If I’ve already graduated, can I still apply for an internship?
Yes, you can apply as long as you fit the minimum requirements above.
How long is the program?
The average internship / placement is 16 weeks – give or take. We have found that is a good amount of time for you to really learn and work on meaningful projects. If you are looking for a longer internship, please let us know in your interview.
Do I need to be at the office full-time?
Many things have changed recently due to COVID-19 and it is no longer necessary that you be physically at the office. That being said, if offices do start to open up, we do prefer that interns are in the office a few days a week.
Do I get provided with any equipment?
Depending on your needs and availability we can provide you with equipment such as laptops, monitors, keyboards, and a workspace. You will also be provided with any special software you might need like Microsoft Office and Adobe.
Does Tearfund help with transportation costs?
Tearfund does not help with transportation if you are a paid intern. Unpaid interns do get a small stipend to help cover the costs of transport.
What degree programs do you hire from?
All sorts. Business, marketing, communications, accounting, creative writing, humanities, international development and more. We look more at what you can bring to the table and how you can balance the team, not so much what degree you have.
Does Tearfund offer overseas internships?
No. Tearfund works through local nationals to implement our programming.