US Global Envision Contributor Internship
Mercy Corps - Portland, OR

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INTERN WORKSITE LOCATION : Based in Portland.

DATES OF INTERNSHIP: November – February (flexible)

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: Contributors are expected to fulfill a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week for 4-6 months. Ideally, intern should be able to spend two ½ days at the Mercy Corps headquarter office.

COVER LETTER: Required.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, COB.

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP: None

Mercy Corps responsibilities

For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive: all tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken. If based in Portland, he/she will be provided a site within the Mercy Corps office. Use of a personal laptop is useful but not required.

Intern responsibilities

This is a voluntary internship. Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with travel to and from the Mercy Corps headquarters office.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION :
Mercy Corps is seeking contributors to Global Envision, Mercy Corps' blog about innovative, market-based solutions to poverty, explored through news, commentary and discussion. The Global Envision contributor internship is ideal for candidates who are self-described ‘news junkies’ and who can boil down complex topics into bite-sized but thoughtful commentary, and connect the dots between global poverty, markets and business.

Global Envision interns are expected to:
Research and monitor multiple forms of global media outlets, including traditional news outlets, blogs and social networking sites, to identify content for the Global Envision blog;

Write brief, engaging and thoughtful commentary on timely issues;

Meet deadlines according to an agreed-upon filing schedule and editorial calendar;

Work with the writing coach and program manager to edit and polish commentary pieces to be published on Global Envision’s blog;

Support team efforts to grow website traffic and cultivate new and returning readers through strategic social media engagement;

Assist with any related projects that may occur during the length of the internship, including event assistance related to the program’s Lecture Series;

Attend group workshops to explore a topic relevant to the success of the blog (such as honing interviewing skills, social media tips and tools, writing an engaging ‘lede’ and a ‘kicker’, etc.)

Have an open mind and think creatively about market-based solutions to poverty, and share ideas and trends with the team.

In addition, contributors are asked to select a topical focus (or “beat”). The contributor will work with the program manager to select a topic relevant to his/her studies or career path, and will spend a significant amount of his/her internship reading research and news about the selected beat.

Currently available beats include: sustainable energy, youth employment, value chains.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Improve critical thinking.

Improve writing speed, journalistic accuracy and commentary style .

Improve ability to draw conclusions and make connections from disparate opinions and perspectives.

DELIVERABLES :
Keep up with current events and trends within the chosen “beat” and identify relevant story ideas; pitch 1-2 story ideas per week to Global Envision program manager and writing coach.

Follow up with story ideas in a timely manner.

Submit at least one article for the Global Envision blog per week.

Work with the Global Envision writing coach to edit and polish each piece for publication.

Post finalized pieces to the blog (prior knowledge of HTML not required)

Develop draft tweets and posts for the Global Envision Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Spend two ½ days at the Mercy Corps headquarters office.

WHAT THE INTERN CAN EXPECT FROM THE INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE:
Weekly one-on-one interaction with the Global Envision writing coach. Intern can expect to improve writing speed, journalistic accuracy and commentary style.

Weekly communication with the Global Envision program manager to discuss potential topics for research and commentary. Intern can expect to delve into a variety of issues related to global markets and poverty, and dig deeply into particular areas of interest.

Develop critical thinking. Intern will gather source material from a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional outlets, improving ability to draw conclusions and make connections from disparate opinions and perspectives.

Opportunity to attend a variety of Mercy Corps-related events including speakers and lectures, as well as attend relevant events in the greater Portland community.

Identify and interview thought leaders with the intern’s chosen “beat”.

IDEAL CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS :
Extremely competent writing ability in the English language required, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Minimum completion of 3 years of college experience. Graduate students, recent grads and young professionals are also welcome to apply.

Related work experience or course of study – e.g. journalism, business, economics, advocacy, technology, environment, agriculture, international relations.

Strong interest in journalism, blogs and social media.

Strong web-research skills.

Solid working understanding of grammar and AP style.

Ability to collaborate with peer contributors, Global Envision program manager and writing coach.

Strong project management skills, including the ability to work independently and as part of a team, while meeting writing and editing deadlines.

Passion for Mercy Corps’ mission and enthusiasm for collaboration among the private, public and nonprofit sectors in addressing global issues.

Mercy Corps interns and volunteers 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.

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