Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Intern

Mercy Corps
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  May 2019 – August 2019 (flexible start date, as long as 3 month minimum )

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  3 months at 30 hours/week; Availability: M-F 9am-5pm (flexible)


Senior Advisor, Environment, Energy, Climate, DRR, WASH Technical Support Unit

Program Manager, Environment, Energy, Climate, DRR, WASH Technical Support Unit


Mercy Corps responsibilities

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

  • Training and supervisory support
  • Workspace within the MC office in Washington, DC (or if working remotely, not applicable)
  • 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.

Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit (TSU) is a key part of the Program Department. 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 internship will work with the Environment, Energy, Climate, Disaster Risk Reduction & WASH Technical Support Unit.


The main activity of the internship centers around consolidating and refining the Mercy Corps global online Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Toolkit and Community of Practice. As such, the intern will gain skills in reviewing DRR audit materials, scanning and consolidating internal tools, posting tools to internal online platforms, and engaging with international and HQ staff on toolkit design, organization and communication. The intern will develop an understanding of disaster risk reduction programming, including best practices, approaches and programs through editing, writing, and researching tools. 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.

Additional activities of the internship will focus on Mercy Corps’ work on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Climate Resilient Development (CRD). The intern will gain an understanding of CRD programming, both within Mercy Corps and in the broader field, through the review of programs and sector materials. The intern will also assist in developing and updating Mercy Corps’ internal and external online resources, including capacity statements, approach documents, tools, and trainings.


The purpose of the internship is to build the Mercy Corps global online DRR Toolkit and Community of Practice, as well as CCA and CRD resources. This includes the following activities and deliverables:

1) Consolidate & organize tools from the DRR audit and all regional teams

2) Conduct external research and add missing resources/tools

3) Design clear guidance for toolkit

4) Support with marketing and adding the toolkit & guidance to the DL/appropriate webpages

5) Update & organize resources related to CCA/CRD

6) Provide support in the development of CCA/CRD resources and tools as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in global development, disasters, climate or natural resource management
  • Strong writing, editing and researching skills (in English)
  • Strong ability to organize, synthesize and package information from various sources
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment
  • Experience reviewing data and developing analytical writing, report writing and synthesizing recommendations
  • 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 and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks are required
  • Highly developed computer skills and strong familiarity with Microsoft Office are mandatory
  • Experience reviewing and cataloging online and offline resources
  • Flexible work attitude: able to work productively in a team environment and independently
  • Interest in disaster risk reduction and resilience programming and tools

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.