Social Entrepreneurship in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Av. Rocafuerte C5-689y Batallon ChimborazoArchidona, Napo 37819EC


At Runa Foundation, our mission is to create new value for native plants that benefit local people and the environment. Guayusa is an excellent example of how we’ve started with our mission and now we’re looking to the future for new plants that could have value for farmers. Interns will assist us by looking into creating new supply chains for other species commonly found in the area.

Our social entrepreneurship interns will work alongside Runa Foundation staff to look at new potential products, markets, and create a short business plan to commercialize these new potential products from Amazonian plants.

Intern Duties:

  • Research supply chain development, international markets, and processing capabilities for these new potential products

  • Supply chain management

  • Create short business plans for new products


This internship is geared towards undergraduate and graduate students majoring in environmental science, policy, business, agriculture, or a related field. Proficiency in English and Spanish is required. Experience in Latin America and/or working in a rural setting is a plus.

Please send the following directly to our Program Manager, Lindsay McGeehon, at

1. A simple resume

2. Letter of intent (including which project you are applying for and why you want to intern)

3. Two references (email addresses are OK)

If you are interested in working with us or have any questions about the internship program please send an email directly to


Winter Internship:

January 6th - March 7th 2015

Spring Internship:

March 10th - May 16th 2015

Summer Internship:

June 17th - August 23rd 2015

Fall Internship:

October 16th - November 15th 2015

*Dates can be flexible except for the Summer Internship


8 weeks room and program fees...........$1600

10 weeks room and program fees............$2000

Additional weeks...............................$200/week

Optional Homestay fee...........................$60/week

(Homestay includes all meals, lodging and transportation to/from homestay community)

*Program fees include living accommodations. Food and travel expenses are not included


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