Each intern accomplishes a project based on HEART’s current needs and the skills and interests of the intern. In the past, interns have worked with the WEEP (Women’s Equality Empowerment Project) women on developing long-term business plans, made a presentation to be used for HEART fundraising for the Freedom for Girls Project, designed and authored newsletters for HEART’s three main projects (Women’s Equality Empowerment Project, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, and Freedom for Girls), and organized a large youth event.

Interns have interests ranging from intercultural studies to business and marketing. Whether your passion is medicine or photography, there is a place in the HEART internship program for you.

In addition to an individual project, interns have the privilege of taking part in many of HEART’s projects. Sometimes this includes travel to various upcountry locations in Kenya, various slums, safari, and maybe even Mombasa. Interns often help with health education seminars in schools both upcountry and in slums, as well as help with basic office organization around the HEART Lodge in Nairobi.

HEART longs to see interns grow spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, through experiences and in character during his or her time in Kenya, so we provide various opportunities for growth in all areas. We keep our interns busy with work (and fun!), so join us and expect a memorable stay in Kenya!

Expectations of the HEART Internship

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If you’re interested in interning at HEART, please contact Betsy Gunther to receive the necessary paperwork. The deadline for internship application is March 1st. Candidates will be notified by March 15th of acceptance. Fee $1500/Month, plus Safari.


  • Margaret Stockbridge
  • Kyndal Riley
  • Katelyn Winslow
  • Katie Bowman (Intern Coordinator)
  • Ashlee Negrete
  • Brittany Tuscan
  • Meghan McKinney
  • Aubrey Costa
  • Lauren Seibert
  • Katelyn Winslow (Intern Coordinator)
  • 2012 – Summer
  • Amanda Sparling
  • Alexis Dodge
  • Kyndal Riley
  • Meghan McKinney
  • Micah Francis
  • Katelyn Winslow (Intern Coordinator)

2012 – Spring

  • Emily Verhagen
  • Lisa Van Sistine (Intern Coordinator)

Janet WhiteJanet White – Intern Coordinator

I first traveled to Kenya in 2007 and have returned as often as possible ever since. I have been working with Christ Care Ministries in Migori, Kenya as their U.S. representative. My husband Wayne and I spent two months in Kenya in 2008 and helped arrange a HEART seminar on HIV/AIDS prevention for over 1,000 people in the Migori region. HEART has continued to play an important role in Christ Care Ministries as they reach out to the widows and orphans in their area.

I have been a teacher at Forest Lake Christian School for the past sixteen years. I have also been active in my church, Sierra Grace Fellowship, and was the chairman of the missions’ team for five years. My heart’s desire is to see the name of Jesus proclaimed in all nations, to share His love with all those He brings into my life, and to serve Him faithfully.

I have loved serving as the 2013 intern coordinator for HEART! It has been an amazing experience sharing life in Kenya with four delightful interns from various backgrounds and nationalities. God is clearly at work in and through HEART and it has been an honor to be a part of the HEART staff.

Tomoko Ichiyanagi

Meghan pictureMeghan McKinney

My name is Meghan McKinney, and I am a 21 year old psychology major at Hollins University, from Northern Virginia. I first came to HEART in 2011 as a summer intern, not sure of what to expect. I left at the end of that summer with a heart full of love for the people of Kenya, a head full of unforgettable memories, and a passion for the work that HEART does. This summer I had the privilege of completing my third internship for HEART. Even after three internships, I still find myself loving every new experience, and learning new things every day. For the past two summers, my intern projects focused mainly on the HEART lodge, and the Kids For School project. This summer I have had the pleasure of working with WEEP, or Women Equality Empowerment Project, and a HEART Lodge project. At this point, HEART has become my second home, and my second family. I love the HEART staff dearly, and I have found amazing, lifelong friends through the internship program.

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Phillip Magee

I am a physical therapist who graduated from the School of Physical Therapy at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2006.  I currently practice at the University of Southern California Keck Hospital in Los Angeles, working primarily with patients who have had, or are awaiting for, heart procedures.  I chose to intern with HEART because they are a Christian based organization that has a very broad reach throughout Kenya.  I was able to travel throughout southwest Kenya and participate in multiple experiences from giving exercises to women weakened by HIV/AIDS, to feeding young children, to preaching at Bible studies and church, and much more.  After interning with HEART, I have even more admiration for this great organization and would not hesitate recommending this to anyone interested.

Project:  Providing progressive home exercise programs to the women in the WEEP program.

Heather Schmit

Heather Schmit

Heather Schmit is a 21 year old graduate of the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming, Heather loves the outdoors, running with her dogs, horseback riding, reading good books, and spending time in the Word. As an intern during the summer of 2013, Heather worked on a project called Hearts for Girls, designing a model to connect school girls in the United States to support school girls in Kenya with sanitary napkins through the Freedom for Girls Project at HEART. This was Heather’s first trip to Africa, and she is looking forward to returning!


Max BrownMax Brown – Intern Coordinator

Max Brown is a 20 year old student at Baylor University, currently studying International Business. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and enjoys running, reading, sports, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Max spent a little over two weeks in Kenya with HEART last summer, and can’t wait to go back and serve.

Poppy Markou

Poppy Markou

My name is Poppy Markou and I’m a 24 year old graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Long Island, New York. I will be attending law school this fall with the hopes of eventually practicing in the area of public service, concentrating on international human rights violations. Growing up my heart has always been passionate about helping people and standing up for those who have no voice. My good friend Benje told me about his experience at HEART and after visiting the HEART website, I immediately fell in love with their mission and vision. When my “old school” Greek father gave me permission to travel to Africa for the summer, I knew my internship with HEART was part of my heavenly fathers plan all along. I am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to work with HEART and look forward to falling in love with the people of Kenya this summer.

Jordan PerkinJordan Perkins

I started going to Kenya 2 years ago through a church in Sacramento, CA. The first trip was truly eye-opening and life changing. Upon returning to the States after that first trip, I knew I had to go back. It seemed like forever before the next summer came around, and I could return to Kenya. This year, I am so excited to be serving as an intern, and to have the opportunity to spend an extended amount of time in Kenya. Time spent in Kenya is a different kind of experience. Whether the day consists of working around the HEART compound, going to one of the WEEP centers and building relationships with the women there, traveling upcountry to build a house, or spending time at any of the other HEART projects, every day ends in exhaustion, but so fulfilling because of the activities of the day I find myself striving to hold onto the precious memories I never want to forget.

I am going into my sophomore year at Biola University in Los Angeles. I am a nursing major, and business and bible minor. Someday, I hope to use these skills on the mission field (or maybe in the States), working towards the completion of the Great Commission.


My name is Ruthie Painter and I am a sophomore in college at a community college in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I have yet to specify my degree, but I know that God will guide me. Part of the reason I came to intern with HEART was to get a better understanding of what God is leading me towards. God reveals to us slowly but surely what his calling is for our lives and I am thankful to be learning so much while I am here for 2 months. I still don’t know specifically all the details of what my college career will look like, but isn’t that all a part of the adventure God takes us on? Whatever degree I achieve I know it will somehow tie into mission work!

I have always had a huge heart for Africa and from a very little age God told me I would come to serve the people here, but I didn’t know where in Africa I would go. Now that I am here for the first time I know it was Kenya all along. I love missions and spreading Jesus’ love and freedom to the nations and I am so thankful to be here partnering with HEART. I absolutely love being out in the field, traveling to the slums to meet new women and many new smiling faces, playing with the precious babies and children, talking with the school girls and boys, discovering new characteristics of God (HEART Lodge helps with this) and all his unique ways of teaching us lessons, and becoming extremely close with the Kenyan culture. My heart and soul is so on fire when I am out there loving the beautiful people of Kenya. I feel so at home here and I know that is because God intended for me to here in this exact moment all along. Kenya and HEART has become my second home and I am so grateful to have been able to be a part of this remarkable organization. Despite my skin color and American spirit, my heart is Kenyan. I get along so well with the warm and inviting culture that I am surrounded by. The memories I made and the knowledge I have obtained is what I will always hold onto. I will be back for more!