Internship in the Field of Public Policy from Mercy Corps Foundation in America

Date limite : 06 mars 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: Mercy Corps

Spécialités: Lettres Sciences Humaines

Niveau d'études: Troisième cycle

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Internship in the Field of Public Policy from Mercy Corps Foundation in America

Mercy Corps offers an internship opportunity to applicants who pursue a master’s degree in international relations, public policy or related field in Washington DC from May to August 2020 under the supervision of the policy advisor.

Project Description:

The mercy corps policy and advocacy team serve as the main interface between mercy corps and external partners on issues of policy.  The team seeks to advance mercy corps’ values and interests by promoting policies that support the mission. It works to inform and shape policy.


  1. The policy and advocacy are seeking an intern to support the breadth of the team’s portfolio. The intern may have the opportunity to specialize in one or more areas, through engagement in all areas that will be expected. 
  2. All interns should have the following core qualifications: 
  • Pursuing a master’s degree in international relations, public policy or related field.
  • Interest in humanitarian and development issues and policy and advocacy.
  • Background in Middle East policy.
  • Demonstrated solid writing, editing, and researching skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Solid computer skills, You must be able to work effectively and accurately with MS Word, Excel, Google applications, and email.
  • Flexible work attitude, You should be able to work productively in a team environment and independently.

Your Responsibilities: 

  • You will support and participate in the work of the policy and advocacy team, with a primary focus on the Middle East. Areas of focus may include:
  1. Response to humanitarian crises in Syria, Iraq, Palestine (West Bank/Gaza) and Yemen.
  2. Support the team’s strategic analysis and advance agency priorities on the Middle East with congress and the administration.
  3. Improving a robust and principled humanitarian response to the various crises in the Middle East.
  4. Defending foreign aid budgets in an era of fiscal austerity
  5. Understanding the linkage between international policy, programming, and outcomes in the humanitarian and development field, with a focus on the Middle East.
  6. Understanding the core elements of the US policy process, including the roles of Congress, USAID, State, and the White House in development policy-making.
  7. Knowledge of key qualitative and quantitative resources related to US development policy.
  8. Understanding specific policy issues, as listed above, or according to the interests of the intern.

You will support the PA team through the following activities:

  1. Conduct policy and practice research in support of mercy corps advocacy initiatives.
  2. Assist in drafting advocacy documents such as reports, briefing notes, talking points, ‘Dear Colleague’ letters, or factsheets on relevant policy issues.
  3. Attend meetings and hearings of interest to mercy corps and report back on key issues.
  4. Assist in organizing meetings with congressional offices, administration officials, and other contacts, and in maintaining a database of key interactions.
  5. Review external and internal reports and publications and summarize relevant findings.
  6. Assist in communicating policy and advocacy updates to the broader mercy corps community through mercy corps’ intranet system, weekly newsletter, and website.


  • You will receive a $1500 monthly stipend.
  • For the duration of this internship assignment you will receive:
  1. Access to mercy corps online tools.
  2. Workspace within the mercy corp office in Washington, DC.
  3. Training and supervisory support.
  4. All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken
  • You will remain responsible for all costs associated with:
  1. Travel to/from the mercy corps office.
  2. Lodging in Washington DC.
  3. Living expenses.
  4. Laptop computer.
  5. All other costs associated with this internship

About Mercy Corps:

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In a disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, it partners to put bold solutions into action helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Working in Lebanon since 1993, mercy corps is committed to generating positive opportunities for women, men, boys and girls from Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian communities, with a strong focus on engaging youth.

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