Population Connection is a unique organization with a professional and dedicated staff that is passionate about population stabilization, environmental protection, social justice, and health and well-being. We have 40,000 members and thousands more supporters and participating educators working together to build a more sustainable future for all of our planet’s inhabitants.

Student Engagement Fellowship

General Description: Population Connection, a national nonprofit organization working to educate the public about population and related environmental, economic and social issues, seeks candidates for a 6-month, paid fellowship for its Population Education Program (PopEd), January – June, 2023.

This position will help coordinate our annual international student video contest for grades 6-12. Now in its 12th year, the World of 8 Billion contest asks students to create short videos explaining how population growth impacts one of three global challenges and offering an idea for a sustainable solution. The topics for the 2023 contest are: climate change, gender equality, and waste. More information about the contest can be found at

Fellowship responsibilities include:

  • Outreach marketing (video submissions are due late February)
  • Creating and revising content for the contest website, including blogs
  • Communication with teachers and students about the contest
  • Coordinating judging by staff and recruiting and managing guest judges
  • Interviewing student winners and writing up their comments for the contest website
  • Administrating the awards process, including preparing certificates, writing letters to winners, and coordinating prizes
  • Working with press consultants once winners are determined in late spring

The Student Engagement Fellow is also responsible for creating and posting content on the PopEd Facebook and Twitter pages, with support from other PopEd staff. The Fellow will work as part of a dynamic team on other program activities as needed, including writing blogs and supporting educational workshops/webinars. Detailed information about the Population Education Program can be found at

Requirements: Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in environmental and human population issues and K-12 education, and strong writing skills. B.A. or B.S. required.

Compensation: Bi-weekly stipend of $1,950, before taxes—equivalent to $26/hr. or $50,700, if calculated annually. Generous benefits package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, low premium health/dental insurance coverage, and 6% 401k match with immediate vesting.

Location: The Population Education Program team is based in Washington, DC, and currently works on a hybrid schedule (2 days in the office; 3 at home).

Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to:

Population Connection is an Equal Opportunity Employer. A full statement on the organization’s commitment to EOE and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and be found below.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Population Connection provides for a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local law. Population Connection hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Population Connection reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to receive equal employment opportunity and/or perform the essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship to the organization. This applies to all applicants and staff members.

Population Connection also provides a work environment in which each staff member is able to be productive and work to the best of their ability. We do not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment. We expect and require the cooperation of all staff members in maintaining an atmosphere free from discrimination and harassment with mutual respect by and for all employees and applicants.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Population Connection is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

Population Connection’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, professional development and training, promotions, transfers between departments, social and recreational programs, layoffs, terminations, and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees
  • Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives
  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs
  • Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for diversity

All employees of Population Connection have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other organization-sponsored and participative events.

Read our DEIJ Commitment Statement, Definitions, and Strategic Pillars here