Humanitarian Collaborative Fellowship at World Food Program-USA

The UVA Humanitarian Collaborative has established the Batten Humanitarian Collaborative Fellowship program that connects two students from the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy (one graduate and one undergraduate) with a prestigious humanitarian organization – World Food Program USA – for a three-month post-graduation fellowship. This pilot initiative will provide graduating students with a unique opportunity to acquire practical, real-world experience within a humanitarian organization, fostering a concrete skillset and professional network. This also significantly enhances their prospects of long-term involvement in the humanitarian sector.

Fellowship Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Development of content materials on the mission of WFP to be made available for incoming members of Congress.
  • Development of a prioritized list (with accompanying rationale) of Congressional Districts/Members related to constituent or other interest in humanitarian assistance, international development, agriculture, nutrition and public policy and a rubric for identifying “top-tier champions”.
  • Regularly monitoring the policy landscape in Washington and provide reporting on key issues.
  • Written memorandum of any visits or contacts with Hill Offices.
  • As needed, contributions to WFP USA Public Policy Friday “round-up reports” documenting key activities, hearings, events, and news reports relevant to WFP and global food security and content for quarterly newsletter for Capitol Hill staffers

Please submit CV/Resume and Cover Letter highlighting your interest in this Fellowship and why you would be a strong candidate.

Applications must be received by the 12th of April 2024, submitted to Althea Pickering and Kirsten Gelsdorf at

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