Kiva Public Relations Internship

Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply
Please apply directly at: was founded upon the fundamental principal that connecting people through lending can help alleviate poverty. To ensure that it succeeds, the company, along with its user base, provides borrowers with the seed capital needed to generate income, and thereby live a life of sustainability and independence. So far, this approach has enabled Kiva to raise $724 million in loans for 1,211,000+ entrepreneurs in 85 countries, momentum which it looks to continue in the coming years as it positions itself to achieve $1 billion in loans across a variety of sectors by 2016.

Kiva Internship Program

Since its founding in 2005, Kiva Interns have been integral to Kiva’s success to date, contributing their passion, drive, ideas and expertise to help us expand our reach and make a real impact around the world. As a Kiva Intern you’ll partake in a variety of educational, social, and professional development events all the while learning volumes about Kiva and our place within the non-profit, technology, and microfinance sectors.

Kiva’s Video Editing Internship

Kiva’s is currently hiring for a Public Relations Intern for our August 27th, 2015 – February 12th, 2016 Internship Class. The position is located at our HQ in San Francisco. The position is part-time (3 days/week) and is unpaid.

The Public Relations Intern role is part of Kiva’s Marketing and Communications (M&C) team. The M&C team is primarily responsible for introducing Kiva to potential new lenders, bringing them to Kiva’s “front door.”  The PR intern role fulfills several critical support roles to bolster Kiva’s communications efforts in broadcast, print and online media.


– Assist in media tracking and maintenance of Kiva’s media database in Vocus.
– Assist in identifying key reporters and bloggers to pitch stories to.
– Conduct information finding interviews among Kiva staff, fellows and partners for story development.
– Conduct research identifying academic, government and organizational studies for fact- sheet development.
– Write and edit press releases, op-eds, columns, and other materials.
– Assist in preparing spokespeople for media interviews including writing talking points, providing background on the reporter or their outlet, and finding story lines and facts relevant to the interview.
– Assist in responding to media requests for information.
– Participate in editorial meetings to brainstorm story ideas and media opportunities.
– Participate in strategy sessions to help map out communications plans, deliverables, timelines, and main message development.


– Prefer candidates with journalism or public relations experience and/or degree. Candidates with experience in other fields requiring strong research and writing skills will also be considered.
– Strong research, writing and communications skills are a must.
– High level internet community knowledge and computer skills (social media channels, Excel, Powerpoint)
– Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with a wide variety of people.
– Ability to problem solve and make decisions individually and/or within a team.
– Ability to prioritize, handle a variety of tasks and be self-directed.
– Strong commitment to ethics, honesty, and integrity in conducting business.
– Ability to interact effectively with people of other cultures, capacities, and organizations.
– Flexibility and the ability to take on projects as they come up.
– Desire to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment.
– Familiarity with database programs is a plus (content management systems, Salesforce, Access, Filemaker Pro, Cision, Vocus, etc.).
– Must have own computer to bring to Kiva. 


– Opportunity to join the team of the world’s first online person-to-person lending platform.
– Casual work environment- flexible office hours.
– References gladly given for successful participants.

Kiva Internships are unpaid and require interns to work at our San Francisco Headquarters a minimum of 3 days per week. We highly suggest you have the availability before submitting an application.


1. Have your resume and cover letter ready. Your cover letter should tell us why you want to be a part of Kiva, why an internship fits into your life at this time, and how a Kiva Internship will support your overall career aspirations.
2. Click the “New Resume/CV” button in the “Apply” box below.
3. On the next page, select “Upload a resume/CV document”, click continue.
4. Choose file: Please attach resume and cover letter as a single PDF Doc (2 pages, 1 doc). You must submit a cover letter along with your resume for consideration.
5. Complete the rest of the application.
6. After reviewing your application in Step 8, clicking “Continue” will submit your application.