Climate Policy and Advocacy Intern, Mercy Corps – Washington, DC

Mercy Corps works in fragile and conflict-affected countries, often where communities are recovering from disaster, conflict, or economic collapse.  With programs in more than 40 countries, Mercy Corps is one of the largest relief and development NGOs in the US.

The Mercy Corps Policy and Advocacy team serves as the main interface between Mercy Corps and external partners (particularly the U.S. government) on issues of policy.  The team seeks to advance Mercy Corps’ values and interests by promoting policies that support our mission. We work to inform and shape policy in a number of ways, including:

  • Congressional Advocacy: direct meetings with key congressional offices, participation in briefings and hearings, review and commenting on draft legislation, active participation in discussions related to the foreign aid budget, and linking Members of Congress who are traveling with our teams in the field.
  •  Administration Advocacy: meetings with Administration officials, ongoing communication with key partner agencies in the USG, participation in joint consultations and briefings together with partner NGOs in DC.
  • Joint work with NGO partners: active participation in Interaction working groups and other coalition efforts organized in DC on priority issues or countries for Mercy Corps, drafting of joint documents, organizing joint lobby days on Capitol Hill.
  • Organizing DC visits for visiting Mercy Corps field staff: scheduling meetings for visiting staff and accompanying them to ensure adequate preparation and follow up to these visits.
  •  Publications: preparing and disseminating policy briefs on key issues, circulating information on Mercy Corps programs to key policy makers, participating in joint documents and sign-ons with other NGOs, working with field staff to draft joint articles on policy-related issues for publication.

This intern will support and participate in the work of the Policy and Advocacy team, primarily in the areas of climate change and water security. Areas of focus may include:

  • Preparation and planning for Mercy Corps’ engagement at COP28, including creating and managing shared coordination documents, and supporting the organization of relevant side events
  • Supporting internal strategizing regarding U.S. federal actions and broader strategic planning for campaigning and advocacy around Mercy Corps’ emerging water security portfolio, including research, summarizing reports, briefings, and hearings
  • Supporting the preparation of briefings, presentations, graphics, databases/spreadsheets, and memos
  • Supporting the integration of climate policy across Mercy Corps’ four core pillars of food security, economic opportunity, peace and good governance, and water security.
  • Reviewing, summarizing, and categorizing relevant news articles and reports

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