Community Development Internship
This internship is geared towards industry professionals and graduate students majoring in international development, affairs, business or a related field. Proficiency in English and Spanish is essential. Experience in Latin America and/or working in a rural setting is a plus.
Current Status of Research
The farmers association (also called the Producer Executive Body) was started in October 2011. For the past year, we have worked with the representatives facilitating meetings, helping to strategize on methods of organization and communication. The next few months will hopefully see the legalization of the association and the implementation of the first community development projects funded by the Social Premium Fund.
Interns and researchers on our community development team will work with Runa Foundation to facilitate the development of the farmers association. Over the past year, Fundación Runa has been facilitating this development; holding training workshops, managing administration and coordinating with Fair Trade USA. The farmer's association is in charge of managing the Social Premium Fund under the requisites of Fair Trade USA. This is a unique opportunity to get first hand experience working with a new farmer's association and cooperative.