Guatemala is one of the largest coffee exporters in the world, and this Coffee Production Internship is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of the world-class local production process.
Coffee Production interns in Guatemala are placed with coffee co-operatives that grow, harvest and supply coffee for users all over the world. Interns should be prepared to assist across a number of roles, depending on seasonality and production priorities at the time of your internship.
Interns assist local farmers in the areas of production, processing, and marketing. This can include planting, maintaining and harvesting coffee plants, and assisting with processing and packaging coffee beans. Interns are guided and supervised by a local farmer, learning techniques first hand and helping to maximise cultivation on farms. This work is seasonal, so the nature of your duties will depend on the time of year.
Those with an interest in the administrative side of coffee production can assist with data entry to monitor growth and processing progress, helping to keep up to date records. Interns can also help to create social media content, and even assist in a sales role, helping to reach new markets by reaching out to potential buyers in the U.S. and Canada.
Due to the seasonal nature of coffee production, it’s important to be flexible and open to changing priorities and conditions. Interns with an open-minded approach can assist where it’s most needed. Interns are required to have at least basic Spanish language skills, in order to communicate effectively with colleagues and locals.
Coffee Production interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Planting coffee plants
- Maintaining plants
- Harvesting and processing coffee beans
- Data entry
- Social media content creation
- Coffee marketing
- Selling coffee to international markets
Professional development opportunities:
- Hands-on experience producing world-class coffee in Guatemala
- Learn about the coffee production process
- Learn about coffee markets, pricing and trade
- Monday through Friday, approximately 8 hours per day
- Experience all aspects of coffee farming under the guidance of a local farmer
Types of host organizations:
- Coffee farms and co-operatives
Keen to get started?
Taking the first step is easy! It is free to apply and takes just 5 minutes.Submit an application
It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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