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Internship Details and Planning

HNGR has sent over 800 students to more than 70 different countries, partnering with 330+ different organizations.

Host Organizations and Placement

The HNGR Program has sent over 850 students to more than 70 countries with 330+ host organizations. HNGR's global partners include non-governmental organizations that are both internationally and domestically initiated. They are usually faith-based entities, and all are committed to holistic transformational development. Ideally, HNGR seeks to place interns with community-based initiatives that have grown around a local vision and have indigenous leadership. All HNGR internships include supervised study and service related to specific development issues, all in the context of cross-cultural experiential learning.

Interns are placed through an intentional, discernment process that seeks to integrate the student’s particular interests and the resources and opportunities provided by host organizations.  The placement process begins during the fall semester of the junior year and concludes sometime around mid-late spring semester. Over HNGR's  history, the Program has placed interns in the countries listed below. This is a historical list; for security and other reasons, the HNGR Program does not currently send students to all the countries shown.


Bangladesh | Cambodia | China | India | Indonesia | Malaysia | Nepal | Pakistan | Papua New Guinea | Philippines | Sri Lanka | Thailand | Timor-Leste


Burkina Faso | Burundi | Cameroon | Central African Republic | Cote d’Ivoire | DR Congo | Ethiopia | Ghana | Kenya | Liberia | Madagascar | Malawi | Mali | Mozambique | Niger | Nigeria | Rwanda | Senegal | Sierra Leone | South Africa | Swaziland | Tanzania | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe

South America 

Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Ecuador | Peru | Uruguay | Venezuela

North/Central America

Costa Rica | El Salvador | Guatemala | Honduras | Mexico | Nicaragua


Dominican Republic | Haiti | Jamaica

North Africa/Middle East

Egypt | Jordan | Morocco | Palestine | Saudi Arabia | Syria

Eastern Europe/Central

Albania | Azerbaijan | Bulgaria | Kosovo | Moldova | Romania | Russia | Tajikistan | Turkey

Advising and Supervision

During their internships, students are under the direct supervision of their host organizations. HNGR Program staff provides additional supervisory support and are in regular contact with students. In addition, a faculty or staff member of Wheaton College visits the student at the internship site during their internship for mentoring and academic advising. 


HNGR gives students the opportunity to live with local hosts in order to build understanding and friendship. A homestay experience is considered one of the core aspects of the internship, and provides students with incredible insight into their context. In a few locations, it is not practical to have students in homestays; in such cases, interns live in rooming houses or other situations which provide cross-cultural integration.


HNGR interns are responsible for all their expenses, including tuition, international and local transportation, lodging, meals, and other costs. However, a six-month HNGR internship generally costs less than one semester on campus. If the student is eligible for financial aid on campus, in most cases they are eligible to receive the same amount of aid during the internship. For more detailed information, see the Tuition and Funding page.

Language Learning

Language acquisition is foundational to HNGR’s curriculum, and a highly desirable outcome of the field study and the overall program. The HNGR Program provides students with the opportunity to study languages and cultures often under-represented in conventional study abroad programs, and emphasizes language study as a crucial aspect of the curriculum. 

If the language spoken at the internship site is offered at Wheaton College, interns are expected to attain a minimum of conversational proficiency (i.e. two courses above language competency) before departing for the field. During their field study, interns may study a language through any combination of formal in-country language school, in-country university language study, and formal or informal tutoring. The Program encourages and helps to facilitate the availability of textbooks, audio materials, and/or tutors.

Registration and Planning

Program coursework counts towards the Christ at the Core curriculum, the student’s major, and/or the HNGR Certificate. Increasingly, more and more majors are requiring internships as a part of the degree and the HNGR internship fulfills these requirements. Below is a list of majors with unique registration requirements for HNGR as well as some timeline concerns that arise with particular disciplines. However, all majors at Wheaton College can, and have, participated in the HNGR program:





Contact Person

Applied Health Science


Students must submit a Departmental Recommendation Graduation Requirement Adjustment to request fulfillment of the AHS Internship requirement for graduation


Mary Erickson



HNGR fulfills the Cultural Immersion experience requirement


Brian Howell

Biblical and Theological Studies


The January senior seminar at HoneyRock will interfere with the returned intern retreat; plan accordingly


Lynn Cohick

Christian Education


Register for HNGR 496; submit academic petition form to registrar to meet CE requirement


Dan Haase



The required Black Hills field experience is offered every other year and may interfere with the HNGR internship; plan accordingly.


Stephen Moshier

Interdisciplinary Studies


HNGR can be a discipline on the IDS Application. The HNGR ISP can contribute to IDS 495 in their final spring semester, but it should be a unique product.


Jeffry Davis

International Relations


IR waives the internship requirement for students who complete a HNGR internship, but IR majors will need to take an additional 4 hour upper-level IR course; this can be filled with the HNGR ISP.





Registration during HNGR should read: HNGR 496, PSYC 496, HNGR 484. To register for PSYC 496 instead of the HNGR ISP, fill out the internship form available in the Registrar's office.


Cynthia Neal Kimball



The senior capstone requirement consists of one course in the Fall and Spring semesters of senior year, conflicting with the Fall semester when HNGR students are abroad. The first section of the capstone, then, must be taken during junior year. Students should try to take Theory and Statistics as pre-requisites before the first capstone course. They then take the final section in the Spring either before they leave for HNGR or when they return from HNGR. 


Amy Reynolds