Portland, OR - Strategy and Learning Monitoring & Evaluation Intern

Talent and Strategy Portland, Oregon




LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  May-  August 2019 (Flexible as long as 3 months minimum)


Availability: M-F 9am-5pm, 30 hrs/week within the normal business week






Mercy Corps responsibilities

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

  • Workstation with computer, internet, and phone access
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • Participation in Strategy Team meeting
  • All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken



Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • Living expenses
  • Transportations costs
  • All other costs associated with this internship




Mercy Corps exists to create positive impact for the communities we serve by ensuring excellence in our work and accountability to ourselves, our donors and our beneficiaries. The Strategy and Learning Team ensures that Mercy Corps has the strategies and learning that will enable it to be a world-class, cutting edge, humanitarian organization, creating transformational change in the world.


The strategy and learning team is looking for an intern to support with evaluating the Impact of a significant change that the Strategy team rolled out in the past 1.5 years. The intern will conduct a broad survey with differing stakeholders, and will follow that up with deep dive conversations with select participants. The deep dive conversations may ultimately lay the ground work for Case Studies on the Impact of Strategy Processes. The learning from this internship will identify gaps in our processes and the intern will produce a series of recommendations for addressing the identified gaps.




  1. Prepare, Conduct and Analyze the results of a survey that targets differing audiences
  2. Conduct deep dive interviews with a series of stakeholders, laying the groundwork for 1-3 case studies
  3. Evaluation report with key recommendation
  4. Presentation to key internal stakeholders
  5. Coordinate with the Strategy team, Country Teams, the Monitoring and Evaluation team, and others to ensure that the process is robust.




  • Gain skills in monitoring and evaluation of internal change management processes
  • Deep understanding of humanitarian landscape including information gathering interviews with country leadership
  • Be exposed to the strategic processes at Country level
  • Build communication, planning and organizational skills
  • Receive critique, feedback and review of work while maintaining a high level of autonomy
  • Gain experience in a multi-cultural work environment, coordinating and communicating with a global team across time zones and geographies, many of whom operate in complex, challenging environments




We’re looking for a creative individual who rises to the challenge and is driven to develop their media and communications by bringing teams’ stories to life visually. Internship candidates should demonstrate the following:


  • Has a Bachelor’s degree or beyond, and experience conducting surveys and interviews
  • Excellent communication skills – written and spoken
  • Ability to naturally develop relationships with diverse people around the world
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Creative problem solver – able to design, develop and revolutionize ideas
  • Attention to detail – able to manage and track requests and changes to projects
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator or other design software a plus
  • Interest in working in a multicultural environment, and with stakeholders in multiple geographies
  • Empathy and passion for people, organizations and aid – able to discover, delve into and deepen what works to improve aid impact


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.


Diversity is powerful. To achieve transformational change, we seek out team members with different origins, beliefs, backgrounds and ways of thinking. Diversity helps us unlock complexity.