Intern – Advocacy and External Relations

Internship Description

Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 6 months starting October 2019
Compensation: Stipend (approx 400 Euro per month) 
Reporting to: Policy & Advocacy Advisor
Status: Internship, 3 days per week
Deadline: 13 September


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. Now, and for the future.

Mercy Corps Netherlands (MCNL) was established in December 2017 as a non-profit association, operating in collaboration with its sister organisations, Mercy Corps Global and Mercy Corps Europe (MCE) as one global organisation. All three entities share the same mission, vision, core values and charitable objectives, as well as operational resources for the support and implementation of programme activities. MCNL is operating from the Hague Humanity Hub, joining a dynamic community of innovators in the humanitarian space. 

The breadth and impact of our programmes makes Mercy Corps a unique and truly rewarding place to work. Our teams are proud of what we achieve in the field and we are always looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment.


MC’s Policy and Advocacy (P&A) team has ambitious goals to influence policy and practice in the UK and continental Europe around humanitarian aid, development and peacebuilding. This means raising the profile of major complex crises, persuading governments to invest more, and more effectively, in ending conflict and violence, and ensuring humanitarian response helps people to become increasingly independent and resilient going forward. The intern will also closely work with the Strategic Partnerships Manager based in The Hague, contributing to raise Mercy Corps’ profile on key thematic areas towards potential institutional, private and other partners. 

The position will require providing support with policy analysis, donor relations, external representation, event planning, as well as internal and external communication with a wide variety of stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written skills in Dutch (native level) as well as in English, and a demonstrable passion for the issues we are looking to address.