The Hague – Policy and External Engagement Intern

  • Solliciteren voor: 31/07/2021
  • Locatie: Den Haag
  • Uur per week: 32





HOURS PER WEEK: 4 days per week

STARTING DATE: August 2021

REMUNERATION: Stipend of 450 EUR/month (prorated)

Please apply with a CV before July 31st 

Please follow this link to apply.



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 and peacebuilding 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.



Mercy Corps has ambitious goals to influence policy and practice in key European contexts, including The Hague and Brussels, 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 work closely with our Strategic Partnerships & Programme Coordinator and Policy & Advocacy Advisor based in The Hague, as well as other selected teams of Mercy Corps, to increase our influence and visibility in the Netherlands and towards the EU. 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.


In close collaboration with the Strategic Partnerships & Programme Coordinator and the Policy & Advocacy Advisor, the Policy & External Engagement Intern will assist with:

  • Providing policy research and analysis on MCNL priority policy areas including Conflict Prevention, Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security.
  • Supporting the organisation of and/or Mercy Corps’ participation in key external events and meetings in The Hague and Brussels.
  • Proposing and supporting the development of new external engagement initiatives that would support MCNL’s influence and profile-raising goals, including social media campaigns, media engagement, etc.
  • Attending and reporting on policy events such as Parliament debates and hearings, Conferences, etc.
  • Creating content for MCNL website and social media as appropriate, including graphic visuals.
  • Updating MCNL’s contact database and managing a calendar of events.
  • Disseminating major reports and briefs to external audiences using Mail Merge/Mail Chimp.


  • Increasing knowledge and understanding of Dutch government and EU policy processes and institutions;
  • Interacting with various stakeholders, partners, and Mercy Corps team members in The Hague and globally, and growing a network within the aid sector;
  • Learning about policy and advocacy, communications, and other external engagement processes and techniques of an INGO;
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of governments’ and NGOs’ responses to humanitarian and complex crises;
  • Understanding the requirements of working in a global organisation.


We are looking for someone in the early stages of their career, who is excited by our vision and mission, and the opportunity to help us raise our profile and influence by delivering exciting and original initiatives. The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a graduate or final year undergraduate student in international development, international relations, communications, conflict studies or any other relevant field.
  • Have demonstrable interest in issues around humanitarian and complex crises and relevant policy debates.
  • Show good knowledge of (or proven interest in) the Dutch and EU humanitarian and development policy processes and institutions.
  • Be flexible, proactive and resourceful with good organisational skills;
  • Be fully computer literate: skilled and confident user of Office 365, experience using Mail Merge or Mail Chimp, social media savvy, experience with design softwares such as Adobe Indesign or Canva would be an asset.
  • Have previous experience organising and coordinating events (preferred).
  • Be a native level Dutch speaker and fluent in English (required).

Mercy Corps interns 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 Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.


Candidates interested in this internship should submit a CV and a statement of interest prior to the closing date of July 31st 2021. In your statement, you are encouraged to discuss any experiences relevant to the projects outlined.  You may wish to describe your career interests (specifically as they relate to program performance and quality, humanitarian aid, or development) and discuss your previous work and educational experiences demonstrating these interests.


All applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to work in The Hague, NL by the start date of the internship.



Mercy Corps Diversity Statement

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.