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Whether you are interested in business development, research, community organizing, technology, marketing or women empowerment, we will find a place for you to learn and grow.   

Padi in Indonesian means rice and also the tender rice seedling that grows into a tall, resilient, life-sustaining stalk. 


Sofia, Kristin and Sara started the Padi Internship Program in 2016 with three students from Georgetown University who came to work with the famous Pak Rhenald Khasali at Rumah Perubahan (House of Change). 


One of these student worked with local entrepreneurs starting a tempeh business. Another student worked at the local community pre-school with children, teachers and families. Padi's third intern worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society to develop a  database of endangered species. We later had a German student from TU Dortmund University’s Masters in Special Education, teach at an inclusive school in Jakarta and help build a curriculum for special needs children.

Since then we have seen the program grow in terms of the number and range of projects. Our team continues to research, review and offer the most interesting and up-to-date internship opportunities. 

Our Story

  • Padi arranges productive and inspiring volunteer professional experiences with positive and lasting impact on students and businesses.

  • We promote the academic, professional and personal development of both volunteers and their mentors in a way that fosters collaboration, professional excellence, and high business ethics.

  • Padi wants for everyone involved to feel they have done real work on a real problem and have had a positive impact on people and the environment.

  • We seek organizations committed to Indonesia’s equitable and sustained prosperity, and students ready to be catalysts of positive change.




We believe in experiential learning and a life of contribution. As educators, we get great satisfaction when we see teams tackle real problems, test theories, set goals and evaluate outcomes.

We also believe in the sharing of knowledge and information and our human ability to transfer solutions and experiences from one country, one industry, one academic program, and one company to another. In other words, we believe more heads are better than one, and if someone has invented the wheel, there's little need to reinvent it. 

We believe many students have the skills and mindset that many organizations need. We also believe organizations have the business, management, and strategic experience that many students leaving college need to succeed. 

We are guided by our sincere desire to see more American and Indonesian students and professionals know each other, seek each other out and eventually grow lasting personal and professional relationships that transcend cultural and geographic barriers. 


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