Portland, Washington DC, or London - Reduced Access Programming Data Analysis Intern

Programming Portland, Oregon Washington, District of Columbia


INTERN WORKSITE LOCATION: Portland, Washington DC, or London

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  January - April 2020

INTERN SUPERVISOR & CONTACT INFORMATION: Sr. Director of Field Security                                                                             


FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR UNITED KINGDOM INTERNSHIP: Internships based in the UK earn minimum wage (London Living Wage – currently set at £10.20 GBP per hour), subject to standard deductions. 

Mercy Corps responsibilities

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

  • Workspace within Mercy Corps
  • 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
  • Maintaining their personal computer which will be used for the internship
  • Accommodation, travel and living expenses
  • All other costs associated with this internship


This intern will lead the third set of recurring research on Reduced Access Programming at Mercy Corps. The intern will assist the Sr. Director of Field Security on examining the amount of funding spent in high risk areas and through remotely managed and adapted program models. This information is intended to capture statistics and provide a basic analysis of program operations in insecure environments. This is a growing trend affecting Mercy Corps global operations as we continue to expand in to insecure environments. Specific activities in this internship will include:

  1. Adapt the previous survey and gather new data from all country programs that examines various models of remote management used in the Mercy Corps country programs.
  2. Develop a comparison report with current and 2011 & 2018 statistics to show changes or trends in this field.


This candidate will have the challenge of reviewing previous survey data and re-design / implement the process to 40 Mercy Corps countries. This includes outreach, follow-up with each country office. S/he is responsible for the data collection, cleaning and basic analysis. The final products will include analysis & comparison of historical data for broader statements on trends. These products are intended for Country / Regional Directors and Mercy Corps leadership.

DELIVERABLES: Outputs from this internship will include:

  1. Survey conducted with an anticipated 40 country programs
  2. Write-up of modules and analysis
  3. Updated Info-graphic


This position requires an individual who is eager to take on a research challenge and turn it in to a study that will assist country programs working in insecure environments. Understanding demands on their time, the intern must be able to communicate directly with field teams clearly and with efficiency. This individual will have experience in project management cycle.  Other desired skills include:

  1. BA/BS or MA/MS complete (no more than 1 year) or in progress.
  2. Ideally candidate will have background in research, with a focus on both qualitative and quantitative aspects.
  3. Ideally, candidates will have a general understanding of the legal and funding mechanisms of non-profits – in the context of donor compliance and agency mandate
  4. Strong analytical skills and ability to present findings concisely
  5. Must be able to work across cultures and independently
  6. Good communication and interpersonal skills

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.