The Orchid Project is a nonprofit organization whose vision is a world free from female genital cutting.  They partner with organizations that deliver a sustainable, proven end to female genital cutting and raise awareness about how, why and where this injustice happens.  


Interns may contribute to projects in all deparetments of Orchid’s organization, including communication, strategy, advocacy, research, and fundraising.  Daily tasks may include deparmental meetings, media archives, writing blog posts, or attending and assisting at events.  There is much opportunity for creativity, innovation, and initiative.    


There is no language requirement. 


Travel to-and-from the office and lunch are reimbursed.


  • Travel, Housing, and Living Expenses
  • University of Utah Tuition
  • Academic Fee: $300
  • Visa through BUNAC


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.