Social Connection Fellow – Research & Innovation

Website Foundation for Social Connection

Position Description: 

The fellow will work closely with Foundation and Coalition Leadership and Staff to support our body of work in various capacities. Fellows must enjoy working in a small but growing office that is results focused. The ideal candidate will be able to exercise good judgment in various situations, have strong written and verbal communication, excellent administrative and organizational skills, and maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The fellow will report to the Research & Innovation Program Manager, Abigail Barth.


Flexible depending on the applicant’s student enrollment status, with a commitment of 20 hours per week; applicants can work remotely and/or in our DC office. Anticipated start date in April 2024.


The fellow will work closely with Foundation Leadership and Staff to support the social connection body of work in various capacities. Responsibilities could include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Performing information gathering, research, and data entry on various social connection topics
  • Supporting updates to the Action Guide for Building Socially Connected Communities
  • Supporting and collaborating with the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Council
  • Assisting staff with administrative tasks including the planning, coordination, and execution of Foundation programs and initiatives
  • Building out organization collateral (i.e., information documents, slide decks, graphics)
  • Supporting the drafting of memoranda, briefs, fact sheets, blog articles, and background papers on issues relating to social connection
  • Attending relevant meetings and events and subsequently briefing the team

Required Qualifications: 

  • Applicants must have or be currently enrolled in a master’s degree program and express interest in social connectedness.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Graduate students in public health, healthcare management, social work, public policy, or similar social sciences
  • Interest in working on research and strategy projects, especially those focused on vulnerable populations and social connection
  • Excitement taking on new projects and making them your own
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple ongoing projects independently
  • Detail oriented
  • Comfortable speaking in public
  • Excellent organization and communication skills

How to Apply: 

Application requirements 

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Work product demonstrating writing and analytic skills

Application submission instructions 

  • Submit application materials to Abigail Barth ( with the subject line: Social Connection Fellow Application – [Last Name].

Priority deadline: April 4, 2024. 

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