September Opportunity – 2022-2023 Advocacy and Communications Fellowship

2022-2023 Advocacy and Communications Fellowship

Open to Virginia or DC-based undergraduate and graduate students

Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action (VCCA) was founded in 2017 in order to bring the clinician voice to climate change advocacy in the state of Virginia.

Clinicians have the knowledge and mission to play a vital role in protecting the health and prosperity of Virginia’s families and communities from climate change. VCCA brings this critical perspective to climate-related policy making in our state. Through education, advocacy and community outreach, VCCA is building a network of clinician advocates for local and statewide climate change solutions that protect the health of our patients and communities in the Commonwealth.

Since our inception, VCCA has become a leading health voice for climate change solutions that transition Virginia towards a clean energy economy.  We recently completed a strategic planning process, which recognizes the accomplishments of the organization and maps out our goals and objectives for the next three years. You can read our plan here. We are seeking two fellows to support execution of the plan.

The fellows will gain knowledge and experience in advocacy, research, education and communications around climate and health. They will be working closely with the Executive Director and leadership committees.

The expected time commitment is 5-10 hours/week from September 2022-May 2023. This position offers a stipend of $3,000.

Projects for the fellow will include:

  1. Drafting social media content, creating online invitations/announcements and  generating new online outreach strategies
  2. Researching and writing statements on climate and health topics, drafting media materials (press-releases, op-eds & Letters to the Editor)

  3. Assisting Education and Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs to advance the work of the Virginia Climate and Health Education Collaborative and Advocacy Initiatives, including the yearly General Assembly Advocacy Day in Richmond

  4. Preparing presentations, including using PowerPoint

  5. Supporting fundraising research and keeping funder tracker and partners lists up to date

  6. Attending and taking notes in weekly meetings (1-2)

  7. Other administrative tasks as needed

 Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  1. Background knowledge of climate change as well as health. This can be through undergraduate or graduate background in science and/or healthcare.

  2. Excellent writing and proofreading ability

  3. Proficiency in health science research and referencing

  4. Social Media proficiency

  5. Basic graphic/web design

  6. Some experience in nonprofit or issue-based advocacy is valuable

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to​ by September 6, 2022.