Population, Environment & Development Intern

A Population and Climate Intern is being sought by Population Action International (PAI), an independent research and advocacy group working to strengthen support for international family planning. PAI works to ensure that every person has the right and access to sexual and reproductive health, humanity and the natural environment exist in balance and fewer people live in poverty.

The Population and Climate Intern will provide research assistance, writing and administrative support for PAI’s Population and Climate Program. This program is working to strengthen the evidence base linking population, gender, and climate change and highlight critical policy implications; highlight the benefits of linking reproductive health and family planning to climate change responses; increase support for reproductive health and family planning integration into national climate and development policies and programs; and strengthen the design and implementation of adaptation approaches, programs, and projects. Duties include analysis of climate policies in Kenya, Malawi, and Guatemala, relating to the linkages between climate change and population; event planning support for Congressional briefings and external events; and other administrative duties. More information can be found under climate at www.populationaction.org

Specific duties will include:

  • Assist in tracking and monitoring developments in the climate change field to determine how population dynamics are being considered in Kenya, Malawi and Guatemala.
  • Assist with policy and issue brief preparation on climate change issues.
  • Review updates in climate change financing through the Green Climate Fund, Global Environment Facility, and overall UNFCCC processes, providing staff with periodic updates.
  • Collect and analyze data on key variables related to population, health, and environment, to update existing policy and issue briefs.
  • Monitor the post-2015 development process to track key goals, targets, and indicators, as they relate to integrated population-health-environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Qualitative research, analysis, and writing skills, particularly on linkages between demography and sustainable development
  • International advocacy tactics and strategies, in global and regional coalitions
  • Develop technical understanding of cross-cutting dimensions of rights-based voluntary family planning and climate change adaptation.


  • A passion for climate change, international development, demography, gender equality, and/or reproductive health;
  • Completed academic coursework on climate change, public health, demography, international development, international economics, political science or a similar field;
  • Experience researching international development issues; excellent writing skills —writing sample required;
  • Ability to gather, analyze and organize quantitative and qualitative data and information;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word;
  • Ability to complete administrative tasks efficiently and with a high level of accuracy;
  • Demonstrated respect for research methodology, citations and data accuracy;
  • Ability to work independently in a collegial environment.

Duration of Internship

September 2014 – November 2014

Interns work approx. 20 hours per week and will receive a small stipend.


A.Tianna Scozzaro, Population & Climate Associate

Resumes with cover letter may be emailed to ascozzaro@popact.org. EOE.