Portland, OR - Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Intern

Talent and Strategy Portland, Oregon


INTERNSHIP TITLE: Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Intern




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

Availability: M-F 9am-5pm (flexible)






Mercy Corps Responsibilities

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

  • Training and supervisory support
  • Workstation with computer, internet, and phone access
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken


Intern Responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • Travel to and from Mercy Corps HQ
  • Laptop for working remotely
  • Accommodation, travel and living expenses
  • All other costs associated with this internship



Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.


The Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative (GDI) at Mercy Corps is led by the GDI Senior Advisor as a member of the People and Strategy Team, who is coordinating and supporting efforts across the team and agency. An initial assessment was undertaken in 2018 is now in an implementation phase.  The vision for GDI is for Mercy Corps to live and breathe its culture and values, particularly every voice matters and diversity is powerful, and that Mercy Corps will be seen as a committed and global leader in gender, diversity, equity, and inclusion when:

·         All team members feel welcomed, supported by their peers and leaders, and have the opportunity to realize their potential; and

·         Mercy Corps has inclusive teams that create meaningful impact for the most vulnerable populations globally.


To realize its GDI vision, Mercy Corps will focus the following four areas in its GDI implementation phase:

  • Everyone understands what GDI means;
  • Diverse teams globally;
  • Inclusive workplace culture; and
  • Adequate evidence, accountability, and strategy action.




The GDI internship will focus on creatively and accessibly packaging content related to the GDI priority to ensure that team members across the agency have a basic understanding of key GDI terminology, and what GDI looks like in practice for a leading global humanitarian and development organization:

  • Understand the strategy and approach for Mercy Corps’ GDI organizational change process;
  • Contribute to key areas of the GDI priority, including everyone understands what GDI means and inclusive workplace culture; and
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of how to operationalize gender, diversity, and inclusion for humanitarian and development practitioners across varying cultures and contexts.




  • Drafting training content and other relevant resources for new team member orientation on GDI, including a module on GDI terminology and definitions;
  • Compiling and creatively packaging best practices in elements of inclusive leadership and program management including but not limited to giving and receiving feedback; building trust within teams; and inclusive workplanning, project implementation, budgeting, and communications; and
  • Supporting the translation of GDI-related projects into other languages and accessible formats.




We’re looking for a creative person who is rises to the challenge and is passionate about gender, diversity, equity, and inclusion for strong international humanitarian and development impact. Internship candidates should demonstrate the following:

  • A college or graduate degree (or one in progress) in organizational development, international development or related field
  • Command of Adobe Creative Suite and/or related photo and video editing platforms
  • Creative problem solver – able to design, develop and revolutionize ideas
  • Attention to detail – able to manage all the moving parts of organizing an event
  • Human-centered design skills or ability to understand stakeholder groups and tailor content accordingly
  • Self-motivated – able to take responsibility and undertake tasks with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication skills – written and spoken
  • Ability to naturally develop relationships with diverse people around the world
  • Empathy and passion for people, organizations and aid – able to discover, delve into and deepen what works to improve aid impact
  • Proficiency in French, Spanish, or Arabic

Mercy Corps interns and team members 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.