Summer Legal Intern

Portland, OR
Practice Areas: NA
Intern Supervisor & Contact Information: General Counsel - Legal Department

Mercy Corps responsibilities
For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:
  • Training and supervisory support
  • Workstation with computer, internet, and phone access
  • Mercy Corps email account
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • Access to tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken
Intern responsibilities
Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:
  • Travel to and from Mercy Corps HQ
  • Accommodation, travel and living expenses
  • All other costs associated with this internship

Project Description:
  • 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.
  • Legal Services advances the mission of Mercy Corps by ensuring that it is carried out in compliance with ethical standards, laws and regulations, and by providing creative solutions. Recognizing that our work is done within the context of limited resources and fast-paced decision-making, Legal Services does not attempt to eliminate all risk or problems, but simply to make decision-makers aware of issues and minimize the risk as much as practicable.

Learning Objectives:
  • At the end of the program the intern will have a deep understanding of the nature of the work and responsibilities of an in-house attorney, will understand how to interact with internal clients, will have a basic understanding of the legal issues that an INGO faces, will have learned at least one significant issue in great depth.

Deliverables will include:
  • Research memoranda covering various topics of law relating to Mercy Corps operations
  • Review of contracts for use in field
  • Participation in meetings
  • Interaction with internal clients

The Ideal Candidate:
  • Completion of the second year in law school (first year may be considered as well)
  • In the top 20% of law school class
  • Experience working on international issues
  • Great communication skills – written and spoken
  • Mercy Corps interns and team members 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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