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19-376: MHPSS Intern
Country:Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC
Department:Technical Unit
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


The Mental Health and Psychosocial Intern will have the opportunity to support International Medical Corps Headquarters and country offices in keeping up-to-date with the most relevant information, helping develop guidelines, resources and materials as well as assist in proposal development, design and reporting.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive

  • Learn how to conduct literature reviews on specific mental health and psychosocial topics (e.g. best practices, evidence base on different interventions/approaches, M&E, methods, psychometric properties of measures, child development, integration of mental health into general healthcare, community based rehabilitation etc.)
  • Assist MHPSS staff and technical advisors with developing MHPSS guidance notes
  • Support MHPSS team in working on MHPSS Advocacy by coordinating with Communications team in design of reports and advocacy through social media and website updates
  • Support data analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and write-up of IMC program evaluations and research
  • Learn how to assist with the preparation of proposals, technical reports, advocacy materials, peer-reviewed publications, and policy briefs
  • Assist in updating and organizing knowledge management systems including OneCorps, MHPSS monthly mailout, IMC website and other knowledge sharing mechanisms

    Learning Objectives

  • Specific learning objectives will be agree upon and documented at the beginning of the internship and may include:
  • Gaining an understanding of IMCs approach of MHPSS in diverse humanitarian relief and development contexts.
  • Expanding understanding of MHPSS background literature in relation to specific topics as assigned and agreed upon (e.g. MHPSS measures, background, program approaches).
  • Gaining an in-depth understanding of select IMC MHPSS country programs and approaches
  • Learning about IMC MHPSS quality standards and application to different contexts

Code of Conduct

All Consultants are required to adhered to  and promote International Medical Corps shared responsibility and obligation to report matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report to International Medical Corps


Education: Masters or doctoral degree (completed or ongoing) in Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Social Work or related field.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  1. Interest in emergency & development programs
  2. Interest or experience in working on global mental health and psychosocial projects
  3. Desire to pursue a career in the field of global MHPSS
  4. Very good knowledge of mental health and psychosocial subject areas and best practices in humanitarian and development settings (e.g. IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings)
  5. Excellent organizational skills
  6. Very good analytical and conceptual skills
  7. Very good interpersonal and team working skills
  8. Excellent computer, writing and communication skills
  9. Motivation to learn
  10. Ability to work independently

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal consultancy opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.