Portland, OR - Next Generation Field Leadership Program Intern

Talent and Strategy Portland, Oregon



45 SW Ankeny St. Portland, OR 97204

DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  September 2019 – May 2020


Minimum: 20 hours/week (flexible) 

Availability: M-F (flexible)

INTERNS SUPERVISOR: Senior Program Officer, Learning & Development 


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
  • Accommodation, travel and living expenses
  • All other costs associated with this internship


Mercy Corps’ Next Generation Field Leadership Program

Mercy Corps is piloting the Next Generation Field Leadership Program this year to support a diverse group of highly-committed, talented and motivated Mercy Corps leaders to prepare to apply for hard-to-fill country leadership positions in areas with complex crises. Next Generation’s focus is primarily on preparing leaders to move into Country Director, Deputy Country Director and Director of Programs positions in these challenging posts, which have often attracted in insufficient number of internal candidates as they become vacant. Mercy Corps will pilot Next Generation in 2019, with the goal of establishing it as an annual leadership development offering going forward. 

The Next Gen Intern will work closely with the Next Generation planning team to support the development and implementation of the program beginning in October, 2019.  Specifically, the intern will work alongside the Next Gen team to: design the skills and development assessment process for selected participants; facilitate and support Next Gen participants’ engagement throughout the 6-12 months of participation, including assisting with organizing an in-person cohort gathering in May 2020; and help identify processes to assess effectiveness of the 2019 Next Gen program and consider next iterations. 


  • The intern will enhance their knowledge of training curriculum development, involving collaboration with a variety of internal stakeholders and external partners.
  • The intern will build practical skills in information management, internal communications and program evaluation.
  • The intern will learn about distance learning platforms and approaches.
  • The intern will 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.
  • Finally, the intern may complete informational interviews with other Mercy Corps staff members working in their area(s) of interest, in order to increase their knowledge of Mercy Corps’ work in these areas.

Additional learning objectives may be negotiated with the intern, depending on skills and interests.


  • Assist with managing the participant selection process, depending on start date.
  • Facilitate correspondence and support to participants and throughout the program.
  • Participate in and contribute to curriculum development meetings, when possible.
  • Support logistical arrangements prior to and during the May 2020 Portland cohort gathering.
  • Design and administer post-gathering participant evaluation; draft evaluation report.


  • University degree in progress or recently completed (within 1 year)
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational abilities
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-starter and independent
  • Initiative and the ability to work with others
  • Interest in working in a multicultural environment, and with stakeholders in multiple geographies
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel
  • Interest in education, training and/or evaluation a plus
  • Familiarity with Google docs and forms, distance learning platforms and other collaboration tools a plus


Candidates interested in this internship should submit a resume and a statement of interest. In your statement, you are encouraged to discuss any relevant experience, and demonstrate your interest. Your application will be reviewed by the Mercy Corps team and shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly for interviews.

+ All applicants should be able to commit to a minimum of three months. +

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.