May 14, 2021

Internship Opportunity at MIA-MGA Office in New York

Applications are now invited

Church Center New York - location of MIA-MGA office
  • Do you feel called to respond to the systemic issues of our time?
  • Would you like to contribute to the international justice office of Mercy International Association?
  • Does working with a small collaborative environment on justice issues at the United Nations excite you?

If yes, then this internship is for you!

An intern position at Mercy Global Action Office in New York is now open. Applications will be received until the deadline of June 9th, 2021.

This is a volunteer position five days a week for 11 months. A stipend is provided to assist with some food, housing and transport.

Download the role description here (PDF)

Download the internship flyer here (PDF)

Applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume to Colleen Swain, Leadership and Advocacy Associate MIA-MGA

Voices of past interns:

"Applying for the intern position at MGA has been one of the best decisions I’ve made! 
It has been an inspiring and transformative experience. I’ve become more confident in my abilities and expanded my knowledge of global justice issues and human rights advocacy at the international level. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with a skilled, professional, compassionate and encouraging team who supported my learning and growth throughout the year. Though I was not able to gain any in-person experiences at the United Nations in New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was still able to learn so much about UN processes and structures through the many opportunities I had to represent MGA in UN NGO working groups and at UN events, virtually." 
-Siobhan Golden (2020-2021)

Catherine’s spirit of service spoke to me with a fresh voice through my experiences in New York.

Catherine often used her voice to encourage the gifts of her sisters and the women she serves.  She helped them grow, learn, and engage in new ministries just as Colleen and Angela helped me; I learned so much with them over the past nine months.  Now, I leave this ministry with a greater understanding of international advocacy, our global reality, and the slow but steady workings of the UN.  I also grew through the many wonderful relationships and encounters with Mercy through MGA’s connections with the Mercy World.  The way Mercy now encircles the globe, through sisters and coworkers, would delight Catherine.”
-Amanda Carrier rsm (2019-2020)

Experiences of past interns:
Marian presenting at Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage in Dublin

During her internship, Marian Gardner (2018-2019) shared her personal journey and how her life experiences have shaped her passion for human rights advocacy. She organized side events at the United Nations, worked collaboratively with other NGOs at the UN, created a webinar series on MGA’s Human Trafficking publication Inherent Dignity, presented the Keynote at the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage in Dublin, Ireland and more. In Ireland, her talk was designed for the students to think critically about themselves and the injustices in our world and to examine the tools necessary to be effective Mercy leaders and changemakers. She provided some examples of how Sisters of Mercy and co-workers around the world are working to dismantle oppressive systems at grassroots and policy levels and stressed the importance of critical thinking, deep listening, and understanding.

Avery participating in a UN event

Avery Kelly (2013-2015) spent a year and a half working on human rights and social justice advocacy with civil society colleagues at the United Nations headquarters in New York through the Mercy Global Action Internship. During this time, Avery was part of the NGO Mining Working Group coalition and worked with networks of grassroots groups denouncing the devastating impacts of extractivism in Latin America and around the world. She actively co-organized and campaigned with civil society colleagues and members of the global water justice movement for the explicit naming of the human right to water and sanitation in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

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