Mercy Corps - Internships

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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  • United States of America
  • Worldwide


Every year, some of the most talented individuals from around the world set out on internships with Mercy Corps with particularly demanding terms of reference to change the world. Internships are challenging opportunities for aspiring international relief and development practitioners. They are a chance to apply your education and experience to hands-on projects that contribute to Mercy Corps' efforts to help people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve, in support of our mission to promote productive, secure and just communities. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world's toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives.


Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates or individuals exploring a career shift and looking to gain experience with Mercy Corps.

We have internship opportunities year round with the greatest number during the summer.

If there is a potential match, the applicant will be contacted. Final candidates will be interviewed in person, when possible, or by phone.

U.S. internships
Mercy Corps' unpaid internships are for individuals interested in careers in international relief and development. They give students a chance to do real-world research, learn the ins and outs of global relief and development work and gain exposure to a full range of nonprofit management issues.

Opportunities are available in our offices in Portland, Oregon; Washington, DC; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Seattle, Washington. They are posted on our website when available. Previous interns have completed a variety of projects with our Executive, Programs, Social Innovations, Resource Development, Legal, and Leadership and Organizational effectiveness teams.

Although interns work under the direction of a single staff person, they often have the opportunity to work with people throughout the agency. Interns are encouraged to attend relevant team member gatherings and lunchtime seminars to gain the broadest possible appreciation and understanding of our work. Mercy Corps interns gain exposure to international relief and development as well as a full range of nonprofit management issues.

Global internships

Mercy Corps offers a number of field-office internships for graduate students. Scopes of work are diverse, but past interns have designed innovative environmental programs in Colombia, helped create micro-business plans in Kyrgyzstan, assisted educational interventions in China, and conducted needs-assessments in Kazakhstan. We regret that we are unable to place undergraduate students internationally.

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Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Mercy Corps generally contributes housing and in country travel expenses and emergency medical evacuation insurance to interns (see specific postings for details). Generally we are not able to provide paid internships.

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