Data Protection & Privacy Intern

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  • Added Date: Thursday, 14 April 2022
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This posting will remain open until COB April 28, or until 100-150 applications have been received
Current US work authorization is required (including applicable international student visas)


DATES OF INTERNSHIP: May - August 2022

HOURS PER WEEK: 20 hours/week

INTERNS SUPERVISOR: Director, Global Data Protection and Privacy


Mercy Corps responsibilities

For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:

A Mercy Corps email accountA Mercy Corps laptop Training and supervisory supportAccess to Mercy Corps online toolsAll other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project

Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

High-speed Internet access for working remotely Accommodation and living expenses


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 โ€” helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. The Data Protection and Privacy (DPP) team works to transform the way Mercy Corps secures and handles personal information and sensitive data. To this end, the program focuses on a variety of privacy, data protection and security awareness efforts across the agency. The team sits under Mercy Corps Global IT, and works with global team members, with key stakeholders in Legal, Compliance, and Programs.


Learn the role of responsible data in the humanitarian system: specifically, how to implement tools that ensure staff can learn and apply responsible data practices.Become proficient with cutting edge Microsoft applications. Understand the role of dashboards in organizational decision making, and the data and design decisions behind a compelling dashboard.


Develop a DPP Dashboard using PowerBI, from which quarterly reports will be drawn in the future. The team has already identified all necessary data sources, variables, and visualizations to be used and currently have established a process using Excel. Explore tools such as Microsoft Power Automate to help us update existing assessment forms and move them from Word documents to online apps.Assist with monthly simulated phishing campaigns to improve the ability of Mercy Corpsโ€™ staff to spot and react to phishing attacks and other email-related scams. Spot check monthly directory sync between Azure and Proofpoint: perform monthly quality assurance.


University degree in progress or recently completed (within 1 year) in relevant discipline: computer science, data visualization, library sciences (with emphasis on information management), or similar.Demonstrable experience using Microsoft 365 tools, particularly data management and analysis work using Excel or PowerBI.Comfortable learning new technologies and demonstrated experience using proprietary or open source data management and analysis tools. Preference given to those with demonstrable experience creating or maintaining websites and/or data analysis and clean up using R, Python, or similar. Experience with GSuite (Google).Experience or strong interest in: digital security awareness topics and best practices; data privacy and protection; international development and humanitarian affairs.Experience with completing tasks in a remote environment, including class projects.Fluency in English is required. Capacity in another language is preferred

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.

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 worldโ€™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 and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. 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 e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

As part of our commitment to keeping our community safe and providing a safe working environment, Mercy Corps has a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for US interns based in Mercy Corps US HQ offices. Interns must be fully vaccinated per CDC requirement or have an approved exception, either (1) sincerely held religious convictions, or (2) a disability that prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination and comply with regular testing, within 10 business days of starting. Failure to comply may impact your internship.

Mercy Corps Headquarters: 45 SW Ankeny Street, Portland, Oregon 97204

Mercy Corps:

In your statement, you are encouraged to discuss any relevant experience, and demonstrate your interest. Your application will be reviewed by the Mercy Corps team and shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly for interviews.

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