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The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) Volunteer and Internship Program is aimed at providing a more comprehensive integration or link of any academic discipline or profession (e.g., anthropology, commerce, psychology, sociology, journalism) to rural development work.

The program is designed to:

  • Draw wider support for rural development work.
  • Provide integration of various academic disciplines to development work, making the latter a more popular career option.
  • Initiate skills and technology transfer.
  • Provide venues for exchange of experiences and forge solidarity between the volunteer/intern and the people with whom they live and work.

The Volunteer/Internship Program has a period of three months to one year to allow the volunteer/intern to substantially participate and contribute to PRRM’s development work, while applying the volunteer/intern’s expertise. This program has a defined duration, a clear set of activities, targets and output that would contribute to the attainment of institutional objectives.

Process of Application

The volunteer/intern applicant is expected to submit an application letter and a curriculum vitae. The application letter must contain the objectives of and expectations from the internship, choice of program based on the curriculum, and duration of volunteer/internship.

Processing and deliberation of the application and transmittal of PRRM’s response shall be made within one month upon submission of the accomplished forms.

The volunteer/intern applicant shall be responsible for getting a sponsoring organization to shoulder all the expenses to be incurred (e.g., processing of travel and legal documents for the volunteer/intern’s stay with PRRM). In the absence of a sponsoring organization, the volunteer/intern applicant shall be responsible for shouldering all the expenses to be incurred.

Upon approval of the application, PRRM shall send the corresponding Terms of Reference, implementing guidelines, contract of the program, and briefing materials to the applicant.

Note: Submit applicant’s curriculum vitae (which should include personal information, academic background, and other information that may be relevant to the internship) and school certification & endorsement together with answers to questions below.

Please answer the following.

  1. Why are you interested in PRRM?
  2. What would you like to experience/accomplish during your internship in PRRM?
  3. Why do you think are you suited for this internship position?
  4. What are your school’s internship requirements (duration of internship, etc.)?

For inquiries, contact:

Ms. Goyena Solis
Tel. +63 2 372-4991 loc. 41 or +63 2 371-2139 • Fax +63 2 372.4995
Email: humanresources@prrm.org

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