Portland - MicroMentor Data & Analytics Internship

Mercy Corps
  • Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Apr 30

Position description

DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  May – August 2018 (flexible)

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  3 months //  15-20 hours per week


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
  • MicroMentor e-mail account
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • All other 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 offices
  • Accommodation, travel and living expenses
  • All other costs associated with this internship


Program Context

MicroMentor is an initiative of Mercy Corps’ Innovations Team. MicroMentor.org is an online platform that connects entrepreneurs with business mentors. MicroMentor also partners with local economic development programs and corporate social responsibility programs to grow corporate volunteering activity in entrepreneurial communities.

Project Context

Our team is diverse, driven, hardworking and highly committed to the mission of helping small businesses thrive through mentoring. Our mission is to leverage the power of mentoring to help small businesses thrive. We do so by offering entrepreneurs direct access to a pool of committed professional mentors. MicroMentor has an expanding community of more than 30,000+ users and a record of more than 15,000 mentor-mentee matches. Every year our community of mentors grows by over 3,500, and makes over 10,000 connections a year, making MicroMentor one of the largest mentor networks in the world.

MicroMentor has recently secured two grants with a focus on Measurement & Evaluation to more formally document the impact of mentoring and the MicroMentor platform. We are working with these granting bodies, researchers, and our software engineers to more precisely define KPIs, arrive at consistent calculations, and prepare easy-to-access real-time (or near real-time) dashboards and reports that present these metrics to the team and other stakeholders in an accessible and actionable format. Datasources will minimally include: Google Analytics, mySQL database platform data, Salesforce CRM data, digital marketing data (adwords, facebook, email), and survey data collected with online tools. The Analytics & Data Operations Assistant will begin by developing a solid understanding of our Impact framework, theory of change, and website user experience. They will then assess and document our current systems, data architecture and desired KPIs. Finally they will help architect and implement a measurement system that can output metrics and reports which meet the needs of the team and other stakeholders.


The intern will develop an understanding of web-based social platforms and how they use data to inform decision-making, research, and learning through analyzing data on MicroMentor user behavior. The intern will build practical skills in data analysis and using data to inform web software product management, user experience design, mentorship, and economic development programs operating in a global context. The intern may also learn more about entrepreneurship and economic development and Mercy Corps research projects by reviewing research studies and other relevant program documents. Finally, the intern may complete informational interviews with other Mercy Corps staff members working in his/her area(s) of interest, in order to increase his/her knowledge of Mercy Corps’ work in these areas.

Additional learning objectives may be negotiated with the intern, depending on skills, interests, and program needs.


  • MicroMentor KPI definitions in verbose and technical formats
  • Data analysis workflow for calculating above KPIs
  • KPI reporting examples including formatted tables, dashboards, and/or data visualizations
  • Weekly check-in calls with MicroMentor’s Product Manager
  • Final presentation to the team to include KPIs and findings, lessons learned from the process, and suggestions for moving forward.


  • BA/BS in business, marketing, non-profit management, international relations, applied mathematics, systems design, computer science, or relevant work experience.
  • Completed course work in at least three: marketing, international/economic development, entrepreneurship, data analysis, statistics, web development.
  • 2 years of experience managing projects, conducting research, or running web analytics & marketing systems.
  • Technical/software experience -- Required:
    • Gmail, Google Apps
    • MS Office including Excel with advanced formulas
    • Web analytics basics (e.g. Google Analytics)
    • Social networking basics (e.g. Facebook)
  • Technical/software experience -- Preferred:
    • Digital marketing systems (e.g. AdWords)
    • SQL/mySQL or experience with other RDBMS
    • Salesforce or other customer relationship management (CRM) systems
    • Dashboard/KPI development
  • Technical/software experience -- Desired:
    • R, SAS, SPSS, RapidMiner, or other data science/statistics packages
    • Tableau or other data visualization tools
    • Google Analytics implementation
    • Database architecture
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including ability to synthesize information.
  • Excellent research, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in international or non-profit work or a demonstrated interest in these fields preferred.
  • Excellent organizational abilities and detail-oriented.
  • Fluency in English required.
  • Spanish fluency is a plus but not required.

LIVING CONDITIONS: Portland Headquarters.  Must be able to spend 3-4 hours at a time (with breaks) using telephone and computer. Remote internships may be considered in special circumstances (intern is responsible for internet access) or when a Mercy Corps office is nearby.

Application instructions

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