Food Security Internship (Washington DC )


DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  February – May 2017 (flexible)

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  3 months (flexible)



  1. US Internships: Unfortunately, this internship position is unpaid; however we are willing to work with university requirements to allow credit for internships. Internship hours are negotiable to accommodate class schedule and schoolwork for highly qualified student candidates attending graduate school.
  • Mercy Corps responsibilities

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

  • Workspace within Mercy Corps office in Washington, DC; intern may use personal laptop if they prefer
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • Any materials required for the completion of this internship
  • Cost of any business related travel within the city
  • Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • Accommodation and living expenses
  • Transportation to and from the Mercy Corps office in Washington, DC

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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 $300 million, Mercy Corps is one of the largest relief and development NGOs in the US. Mercy Corps is currently engaging in an agency-wide initiative to refresh its food security approach with an aim to improve program design and increase impact among vulnerable populations, especially those living in fragile contexts. The Food Security Technical Support Unit provides technical expertise and support to Mercy Corps field programs to support program development and quality in both emergency and development contexts.

Mercy Corps would like an intern to support the Food Security Technical Support Unit with a review of existing impact evidence and learnings from our food security programs, which will ultimately be developed into a series of briefs on our programs for both internal and external audiences. This will include a review of relevant project documents, program evaluations, and other learning documents on different food security development programs.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  The project will ensure the intern will become familiar with multi-sectoral food security programs, the underlying theories of change of the programs, and how to synthesize disparate pieces of information into compelling stories. This should complement an intern’s education background in food security program design, monitoring and evaluation, as well as research or journalism. As such, the project is intended to help prepare an intern for international development roles.


  • Draft actionable implementation tips and guide for a suite of humanitarian food security and livelihoods activities including, but not limited to: livelihood kit distributions, VSLAs, trainings, and cash transfers,
  • Annotated bibliography of resources used to provide additional guidance for implementation
  • Outline identifying gaps in current actionable direction for emergency FSL projects (for Mercy Corps and peer agencies)
  • Other tasks as assigned, including attending relevant informational events in Washington, DC


  • Degree in journalism, international affairs, agriculture, nutrition, social work, etc. (those working towards a graduate degree highly preferred);
  • Strong research and analytical abilities;
  • Excellent writing/copy-editing/formatting skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • International experience with food security, agriculture or nutrition programs
  • Knowledge of food security programs and policies;
  • Competence with internet research, Microsoft Word and Excel required; and
  • Fluency in English (required)


The position is based in Washington, DC. The intern is responsible for their own housing.

Mercy Corps volunteers 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.

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