Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program

About the RCC Fellowship Program

The RCC Fellowship Program is designed to identify students with a passion for environmental education, organizing and advocacy and provide them with training in Washington, DC, mentorship from RCC environmental staff, and financial support to do the valuable work they care about and become life-long advocates for the environment. RCC Fellows become leaders and active participants in the RCC’s national campus program with over 5,000 active faculty, students, staff and administrators at 56 campuses. As part of the RCC team, Fellows also help build RCC’s network of active students and faculty and have the opportunity to publish and speak on behalf of a respected national organization.

The RCC Fellowship program is a paid opportunity. RCC Fellows will receive a $2,000 stipend for their work over the course of the year. Furthermore, Fellows will attend a training in Washington, DC this summer, hosted by RCC staff to sharpen their organizing skills. Lastly, Fellows will develop critical contacts and experience as they look forward to careers in the environmental movement.

Read about our current fellows here.

How it works

If accepted into the program, RCC Fellows will work with RCC staff during the Summer Intensive Training to develop a work plan for the year. After that, Fellows will participate in monthly check-in calls with RCC and produce one media deliverable per month.

RCC fellows will organize for a more sustainable and just future on their campus, and in their community, and beyond. How? Identify a sustainability issue on your campus. Divestment? Solar panels? Campus garden? Then work with RCC staff to develop a campaign plan and execute it throughout the year.

Fellows will also work on issues in their community with RCC organizers and other organizations. Check out our latest report here on the wood pellet industry in North Carolina and here to see some of the other issues we engage on.

Is there something you are already organizing on?
We want to work with you!

RCC Fellows:

  • Develop a campaign to address a sustainability issue on their campus that they identify
  • Work on their campaign over the school year
  • Get trained by and work with RCC staff
  • Engage in environmental justice issues
  • Write blogs, LTE’s, and other projects for RCC
  • Receive a $2,000 stipend for their work!


Contact Mackenzie Kirschbaum
Associate Director of Civic and Campus Engagement
[email protected]