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Job Description


DATES OF INTERNSHIP: January - April 2020 (15 to 20 hours/week)


Reports to:

Senior Adolescent Girl & Youth Advisor

Work closely with:

Director of Young People and Protection

TSU teams and select global field teams.


Mercy Corps responsibilities

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

* Workspace within the MC office in Portland, Oregon
* Access to Mercy Corps online tools
* All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken

Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

* Travel to and from Mercy Corps HQ
* Maintaining their personal computer which will be used for the internship
* Accommodation, travel and living expenses
* All other costs associated with this internship


Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. The median ages in the countries where Mercy Corps works tell an important story: Niger, 15 years; Mali, 16 years; Gaza, 18 years; Guatemala, 21 years; and Ethiopia, 18 years. Dozens of other countries are experiencing similar demographic trends. Partnering with these young people to cope during crisis, adapt to adversity and drive forward development is our organization's call to action.

The Young People and Protection team focuses supports our global teams to reach and work with young people. Our team sits within Mercy Corps' Technical Support Unit (TSU). TSU subject-matter experts help set agency strategy and provide consultation - from assessment and design through project implementation and results measurement - to field offices worldwide, in some of the world's toughest places. TSU team members lead research, foster organizational learning, represent Mercy Corps to external audiences, and develop partnerships. The TSU is also integral to global business development and revenue.

The Communications and Strategy: Meaningful Youth Engagement Internship will support the Young People and Protection team on the development of communications products that support a campaign to engage youth. The internship will work closely with the YYP team, other TSU teams, and relevant field teams if needed to identify and respond to specific, prioritized requests. This can include updating capacity statements, learning and approach documents, case studies, infographics, internal articles, Webinars and other communication resources. S/he will also input into strategy on how to launch the internal campaign.


The intern will gain skills in writing and storytelling and preparing compelling presentations of information for internal use. The intern will gain experience in working with and translating complex ideas into tangible multi-media content that supports a global campaign. The intern will also gain knowledge in effective adolescent models and how to develop and execute an internal awareness campaign, including articles, social media and webinar series for internal learning purposes. The intern will develop an understanding of adolescent and youth programming, including best practices, approaches, partners and program models through editing, writing, and researching documents. Finally, the intern may complete informational interviews with other Mercy Corps staff members working in his/her area(s) of interest, in order to increase his/her knowledge of Mercy Corps' work in these areas. Expertise and exposure to adolescent and youth programming, including best practices, approaches, partners and program models;


* Updated approach documents and tools to include meaningful engagement of young people.
* Webinar that introduces the Meaningful Engagement of Young People Campaign
* Reviewed and updated team and sector-specific capacity statements.
* Organizational capacity tool for engaging young people.
* Library of tools, approaches and presentations focused on Meaningful Engagement of Young People Campaign.
* Research tasks, including literature reviews of relevant recent research reports and initiatives.
* Coordination support from HQ to field communications, regional initiatives and country specific needs.


* University degree in progress or recently completed (within 1 year)
* Excellent writing skills in English
* Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members is required
* Strong multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills are necessary.
* Commitment to working with vulnerable groups in need regardless of race, religion or gender
* Excellent communication skills are required
* Highly developed computer skills and strong familiarity with Microsoft Office are mandatory
* Experience with Photoshop or other design software a plus
* Experience managing and developing online content a plus


This internship is based in Portland, Oregon

Mercy Corps interns and team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Diversity is powerful. To achieve transformational change, we seek out team members with different origins, beliefs, backgrounds and ways of thinking. Diversity helps us unlock complexity.