US - Mercy Corps Action Center Education Intern
Mercy Corps - Portland, OR

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INTERN WORKSITE LOCATION : Mercy Corps Action Center, Mercy Corps HQ

DATES OF INTERNSHIP: October -June

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: 8 months

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP:
This is an unpaid internship

PROJECT DESCRIPTION :
In 2009, Mercy Corps opened the Action Center, the agency’s public space devoted to global literacy. The Action Center’s primary goal is for all visitors to walk away having learned something new about a country, an issue, a culture. Since opening, the Mercy Corps Action Center has reached almost 59,000 visitors, including nearly 18,000 middle and high school students. Teachers bring their classes to the Action Center for either one-time workshops, or for repeated visits that offer a richer and more in-depth learning experience. Last year, 117 schools and youth groups – 219 separate classes – integrated a visit to the Action Center into their learning about global issues and community engagement

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Clear understanding of State and National education standards for middle and high school students

Confidence in writing cohesive and comprehensive lesson plans for two hour workshops

Understanding of the best practices of international development and the connection to social studies curriculum in middle and high school.

Comprehensive understanding of international NGO’s as a resource for the education community.

DELIVERABLES :
The youth education program at the Mercy Corps Action Center would like to better understand what other like NGO’s are currently providing to the education community of the USA. By gathering this information and through comprehensive research of National and State standards, the education intern will be responsible for strengthening and aligning the Action Center’s curriculum with applicable standards. The education intern will be responsible for both the research and the implementation of this project. At the completion of this internship the Mercy Corps Action Center will have updated curriculum books that align with the National and State standards for middle and high school.

IDEAL CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS :
An understanding of middle and high school learners

Experience creating activities based, experiential, hands-on curriculum

Good working knowledge of Excel, Word, Outlook and Google docs

Excellent writing skills

Initiative and ability to work independently

Ability to follow and execute plans

Ability to effectively manage time and meet deadlines

Knowledge of world news, community and international development a plus.

LIVING CONDITIONS:
This is an unpaid internship. The intern will be working in the Mercy Corps Action Center at the Mercy Corps HQ.

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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