Climate Resilient Development Internship

Mercy Corps
Portland, OR, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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Mercy Corps works in countries in transition, where communities are recovering from disaster, conflict, or economic collapse.  With field programs in more than 40 countries, and an annual budget of more than $200 million, Mercy Corps is one of the largest international development NGOs in the US.

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by building secure, productive and just communities. We seek to catalyze civil society, public and private sector actors through interventions that are community-led and market-driven.  The Environment, Energy and Climate Change team (EEC) is a critical technical team within Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit (TSU), of which Climate Resilient Development is a core activity.  The TSU is responsible for leading and supporting assessments, program design and field studies; providing technical support to field offices; helping the global agency set technical strategies; building strategic partnerships, and representation and coordination with other development, government and private sector actors.

EEC is looking for an intern to support a number of key initiatives of the team related to our ability to provide cutting-edge technical support to our global field teams. In the course of this internship the intern will be engaged in research and writing, development of capacity building tools such as presentations and guidance documents, and will engage with our field teams. In doing so the intern will help shape the climate resilient development capacity building materials Mercy Corps is producing and rolling out globally. This internship will also explore the day to day work of an international development organization, the issues we engage with, and the role technical teams in supporting our work around the world. The purpose of this internship is to support EEC’s efforts to

  1. Inventory and update technical guidance resources on Climate Resilient Development;
  2. Inform the design of a Climate Resilient Development workshop;
  3. Support EEC’s engagement in strategies to enhance Mercy Corps’ global capacity for Climate Resilient Development technical implementation, evaluation and impact; and,
  4. Increase influence and innovation opportunities with thought partners and donors.



Deliverables include, but are not confined to the following:

  • Support with design of the Climate Resilient Development workshop including editing of presentations and workshop materials
  • Support with updating of the Climate Resilient Development workshop pending feedback from pilots
  • Inventory of internal and external technical guidance resources and workshop materials on Climate Resilient Development
  • Produce a climate and environment program audit, program tracker and capacity statement
  • Screening and update of existing and antiquated Climate Resilient Development and Disaster Risk Reduction publications from Mercy Corps’ internal and external online resources



The intern will receive a valuable learning experience, which will equip her/him with a deeper understanding of how international development works day-to-day. The intern will also get exposure to current best practices and cutting edge strategies for increasing climate resilience in some of the most vulnerable countries in the world. It is expected that the intern will develop several core competencies which will contribute to future work in the development and/or climate resilient development sectors including, but not limited to:  

  • Experience in developing communication and capacity building tools that relate complex processes, methodologies and approaches relevant to climate change adaptation.
  • Technical knowledge in triaging, organizing and presenting information to various stakeholders;
  • Writing and presentation skills
  • Experience, working along-side the EEC team, in providing support to field teams and building the knowledge and learning tools they need to inform programming and build staff capacity.



Mercy Corps’ HQ offices each have a slightly different flavor but what remains is the commitment to our culture and our mission. We’re looking for someone who can fit in well and bring their own personality and creativity to this roll with a unique interest in people issues and human resources management.  Internship candidates should demonstrate the following:

All interns should have the following core qualifications:

  • Interest in social and technical elements of climate change adaptation, resilience, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction
  • Strong writing, editing and researching skills
  • Strong ability to organize, synthesize and package information from various sources
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment
  • Strong computer skills: must be able to work effectively and accurately with MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email and internet applications including google maps & fusion tables, graphic design skills or coding skills are a plus.
  • Solid social media skills, blogging experience a plus
  • Flexible work attitude: able to work productively in a team environment and independently

Potential qualifications for portfolio-specific interests are below (not required, but preferred):

  • Experience reviewing and cataloguing online and offline resources
  • Experience with climate change adaptation, resilience, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction programs
  • Experience with designing workshop presentations and materials
  • Other specific thematic expertise in any of the areas of focus listed above

Mercy Corps interns staff 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.