Intern, National Committee on North Korea – Washington, DC


LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  February – May 2019 (flexible), Availability: M-F 9am-5pm (flexible, 20 hours/week) 

Mercy Corps responsibilities

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

  • $500/month stipend
  • Training and supervisory support
  • Workstation with internet and printer 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 Washington, DC Office
  • Laptop to work on for the duration of the internship
  • 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 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.

DELIVERABLES: The Intern will support the team through the following activities:

  • Assist with research for NCNK Executive Director on a variety of North Korea related topics
  • Attend 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
  • Assist with planning and hosting NCNK events and activities.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 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 IDEAL CANDIDATE: Internship candidates should demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrated interest in Northeast Asia and working
  • 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 spoke
  • Fluent in oral and written English.
  • Able to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work with a team
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and efficient.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Korean is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Experience working with website content management systems is a plus.


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