Paid Internship Opportunity in Policy Advocacy at Mercy Corps in USA

Date limite : 06 mars 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: Mercy Corps

Spécialités: Lettres Sciences Humaines

Niveau d'études: Etudiant

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Paid Internship Opportunity in Policy  Advocacy at Mercy Corps in USA

Mercy Corps is offering policy and advocacy internship opportunities, in Washington DC, USA. Mercy Corps works in fragile and conflict-affected countries, often where communities are recovering from disaster, conflict, or economic collapse.  With programs in more than 40 countries and an annual budget of more than $400 million, Mercy Corps is one of the largest relief and development NGOs in the US.

Dates and Working Hours:

May-August  2020, and this will be a full-time internship, meaning to work 30 hours/week.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Interest in humanitarian, development, and conflict prevention issues.
  2. Excellent writing and editing skills and the ability to summarize and communicate research results clearly.
  3. Experience conducting research and analysis from primary and secondary data sources.
  4. Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment.
  5. Solid computer skills: must be able to work effectively and accurately with MS Word, Excel, Google applications, and email.
  6. Flexible work attitude: able to work productively in a team environment and independently or with limited supervision.

Preferred qualifications:

  1. Graduate study complete or in progress in international relations, public policy, development or related field.
  2. Previous Capitol Hill experience or knowledge of Congressional processes.
  3. Familiarity or experience conducting policy analysis.
  4. Other specific thematic expertise in any of the areas of focus listed above.

Internship Scope:

The intern(s) will support and participate in the work of the Policy and Advocacy through writing and research. Areas of focus may include:

  1. Response to humanitarian crises in Syria, Central African Republic, and South Sudan.
  2. Support the team’s strategic analysis and advance agency priorities with Congress and the Administration.
  3. Improving aid effectiveness in fragile environments, including limiting the securitization of US foreign aid.
  4. Promoting effective food security policies and food aid reform, including the implementation of the Global Food Security Act and USAID’s resilience agenda.
  5. Country/region-specific priorities (e.g. Syria, Iraq, the Lake Chad Basin) or other policy team or agency priorities, such as engaging with Mercy Corps’ global team.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understanding the linkage between international policy, programming, and outcomes in the humanitarian and development field.
  2. Understanding the core elements of the US policy process, including the roles of Congress, USAID, and the White House in development policy-making.
  3. Knowledge of key qualitative and quantitative resources related to US development policy.
  4. Understanding specific policy issues, as listed above, or according to the interests of the intern.


The Intern will support 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 or factsheets on relevant policy issues.
  3. Attend meetings and hearings of interest to Mercy Corps and report back on key issues.
  4. Review external and internal reports and publications and summarize relevant findings.

Benefits offered:

For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:

  1. $1500/month stipend.
  2. Access to Mercy Corps online tools.
  3. Workspace within the Mercy Corp office in Washington, DC.
  4. Training and supervisory support.
  5.  All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken.

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  1. Travel to/from Mercy Corps Office.
  2. Lodging in Washington DC.
  3. Living expenses.
  4. Laptop computer.
  5. All other costs associated with this internship.

Required Documentation:

  1. Resume.
  2. Cover Letter.  In the letter, applicants are encouraged to discuss any experiences related relevant to the projects outlined. They may wish to describe their career interests (specifically as they relate to policy and advocacy, humanitarian aid, or development) and discuss their previous work and educational experiences demonstrating these interests.  
  3. A short additional writing sample (under five pages) is preferable, but not required. 

About Mercy Corps:

Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians who partner with communities, corporations, and governments to transform lives around the world. Their mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Their 5,000+ team members work with people in the world’s most vulnerable communities across 40+ countries. 87 percent of the team is from the countries where they work.

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