College of Agriculture and Food Sciences



Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian relief and development organization operating in 40 countries. Recently, it launched a partnership with ten (10) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including FAMU, to create internship opportunities in the international development and humanitarian sectors for students at HBCUs. Over the past year, Mercy Corps worked closely with these HBCUs to co-create this program, which is one piece of the organization’s broader diversity strategy and FAMU’s strategic efforts to provide exceptional student experiences.  The Mercy Corps HBCU Pipeline internships are paid and are designed to reduce barriers to job opportunities, resources, and access.   


The internships are offered each semester and are open to upper level (Junior & Senior) undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates (within the past 12 months) to gain experience with Mercy Corps in its mission areas. Students will apply to FAMU’s Office of International Agriculture and the top 2-3 finalists will be submitted to Mercy Corp for final selection. Mercy Corps awarded 17 internships to the first HBCU cohort; two (2) FAMU and fifteen (15) students from the other HBCUs are currently completing their fall 2020 internship assignments. The Mercy Corps-FAMU intern placements will include virtual, domestic, and global internship opportunities as outlined below:

Virtual Internship Package:
Part-time 20 hours weekly
*Available Spring 2021, due to the Covid-19

In-Person Internship Package:
Full-time 35-40 hours weekly
$1500/monthly living stipend
$1000/monthly Washington DC housing allowance - if current/permanent residence is further than 50 miles outside of the DC Mercy Corps office location
 $800/monthly Portland housing allowance - if current/permanent residence is further than 50 miles outside of the Portland Mercy Corps office location
Round-trip airfare or train ticket to Washington, DC or Portland, OR

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Contact Information
Florida A&M University
College of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Office of International Agriculture Programs
Phone: (850) 599-8867
Harriett A. Paul, Director
Joseph V. Jones, Coordinator



Contact Info

1740 S Martin Luther King Blvd
217 Perry Paige Building South
Tallahassee, FL 32307

P: 850.561.2644