Internship Opportunity at Mercy Corps for the Emerging Leaders Program |Monthly stipend of $2600.

Internship Opportunity at Mercy Corps for the Emerging Leaders Program |Monthly stipend of $2600.

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Intern will support our global learning and leadership development initiatives, with a special focus on the Emerging Leaders Program.

Emerging Leaders Program Intern Position at Mercy Corps: $2600/month

  • INTERNSHIP TITLE: Emerging Leaders Program Intern
  • INTERN WORKSITE LOCATION: Portland, Oregon (hybrid remote/ in-person)
  • DATES OF INTERNSHIP:    January 2024 – June 2024 (with the possibility of extension)
  • HOURS PER WEEK: 30 hours per week (Full-Time)
  • INTERNS SUPERVISOR & CONTACT INFORMATION:    Program Officer –  Emerging Leaders Program
  • Work closely with: The Global Learning and Leadership Development team as well as external Learning Partners.

Mercy Corps responsibilities

  • Training and supervisory support
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project

Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • Laptop for working remotely
  • Accommodation, transportation and living expenses


The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Intern will support our global learning and leadership development initiatives, with a special focus on the Emerging Leaders Program. ELP is a hybrid online and in-person leadership program that aims to empower talented emerging leaders within Mercy Corps, enabling them to step into and thrive in more senior leadership roles. The intern’s contributions will play a pivotal role in shaping the success of the program, fostering growth, and empowering leaders within our organization. The intern’s support will encompass three key areas:

1. Learning Activities Support: The intern will actively assist with the learning activities during live sessions, group coaching, and community-building activities for 36 learners. Responsibilities include producing Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings and ensuring seamless follow-up on assignments.

2. Communications Effort: The intern will contribute to internal communications, ensuring effective representation of the program offerings through fact sheets, intranet updates, weekly internal digests, and other channels. Additionally, the intern will prepare communications about deadlines and program completion expectations. The intern will also support program alum engagement activities and initiatives.

3. Monitoring and Evaluation Support: The intern will provide essential assistance in monitoring and evaluating the program’s success. This will involve developing, launching, and analyzing surveys, conducting interviews, and generating reports. These reports will incorporate program impact data, qualitative insights, and quantitative feedback. Key recommendations arising from these evaluations will be used to enhance future programs.


The intern will gain valuable skills in evaluation and learning, as well as in-depth exposure to leadership development concepts, internal communications, and project management. Working within a global non-profit organization, they will collaborate with a culturally diverse team and stakeholders and will hone the skill of clear and concise communication across diverse cultures, languages, and time zones. The intern will build a strong understanding of the fundamental elements of leadership programs and the contributing factors to their successful implementation. Additionally, they will gain insights into various reporting and communication tools through evaluation reports. As part of their development, the intern may conduct informational interviews with other Mercy Corps staff members in areas of their interest, deepening their knowledge of Mercy Corps’ work in those specific areas.


  • Assist in maintaining the Emerging Leaders Program work plan in partnership with the training leads.
  • Support communication efforts to ensure effective representation of the program across Mercy Corps through fact sheets, intranet updates, weekly internal digest, and other channels.
  • Assist the production of live virtual training sessions and diligently complete participation trackers and session follow-up lists.
  • Support Program Officer with regular communications with cohort members, session facilitators, and People Development team partners, as needed.
  • Support the development of surveys for comprehensive leadership program evaluations and assist the Program Officer in evaluating program effectiveness and identifying areas for improvement.
  • Provide support for alumni engagement activities and programming, ensuring ongoing connections  and support for program graduates.
  • Ensure flexibility in working hours to accommodate the global audience of participants and stakeholders.


  • University degree in progress or recently completed (within 1 year) in relevant discipline (Required)
  • Excellent English writing skills required.
  • Demonstrated attention to details, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, and work independently and cooperatively with team members is required.
  • Commitment to working with vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, religion, or gender.
  • Excellent communication skills are required.
  •  Experience producing live sessions on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
  •  Analysis and evaluation skills preferred.
  • Experience working and communicating across cultures preferred, with a demonstrated sensitivity to a diversity of peoples and cultures.
  • Highly developed computer skills and strong familiarity with Microsoft Office are mandatory.
  • Experience with Photoshop, Canva, or other design software is a plus.
  • Experience with event planning and coordination.
  • Experience managing and developing online content is a plus.

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