HBCU National Committee on North Korea Intern - Remote

Programs Anywhere, United States



DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  January – April 2021

HOURS PER WEEK:  Part-Time: 10-20 hours  


Works closely with

  • NCNK Executive Director 
  • NCNK Program Manager


Mercy Corps responsibilities

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

  • Training and supervisory support
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project 

Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • Laptop for working remotely 
  • Accommodation, travel and living expenses


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 National Committee on North Korea (NCNK) is an independent program of Mercy Corps that supports principled engagement between the United States and North Korea as a means to promote peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and to improve the lives of the people of North Korea. The NCNK internship program offers aspiring North Korea-specialists opportunities to broaden understanding of North Korean policy topics, hone research skills, and network with DC-based North Korea policy professionals. 


Over the course of this internship, the intern will:

  • Gain a detailed understanding of US policy toward North Korea
  • Have opportunities to conduct in-depth research on specific policy issues
  • Become familiar with new research tools and sources


The Intern will support the team through the following activities:

  • Assist with writing or updating NCNK Issue Briefs by collecting and researching data and information on North Korea-related topics 
  • Attend virtual congressional hearings, meetings, and seminars on North Korea and East Asia, and prepare oral and written presentations of content
  • Maintain the NCNK website and update its events calendar on a weekly basis; help re-organize the website’s document database
  • Conduct research and provide updates for www.NorthKoreaInTheWorld.org, a joint project of NCNK and the East-West Center
  • Conduct other miscellaneous research as requested by staff
  • Assist with planning and hosting virtual NCNK events and activities. 


Internship candidates should demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrated interest in Northeast Asia and North Korea
  • Either a graduate student or a well-qualified undergraduate; relevant degree programs might include, but are not limited to, political science, history, or international relations
  • Excellent communications skills – written and spoken
  • Fluent in oral and written English. Korean language skills a plus, but not required
  • Able to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work with a team
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and efficient. 
  • Experience working with website content management systems is a plus.

Mercy Corps interns 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 Mercy Corps policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

 Mercy Corps Diversity Statement  

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.  

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. 

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

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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.