Since 1999, the NASF Foundation has been supporting on-the-job experience for graduate and undergraduate students through the NASF Internship Program. This program gives students the opportunity to engage at the national level in legislative and communication activities that inform the future of state and private forestry in the United States. Interns receive valuable training working with state foresters, observing and participating in the governmental process, developing communication materials and strategies and gaining knowledge through various activities in Washington, DC. This opportunity fosters unique qualifications and skills that help young professionals progress and grow in their professional careers in forestry and beyond.
Executive Fellowship - John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
The National Association of State Foresters Foundation, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, offers a fellowship for a state forester or senior manager from a state forest agency to attend the program for Senior Executives in state and local government at Harvard University. The fellowship is a three-week session focused on exercising leadership and uses a case study approach in designing solutions to real life problems. Participants gain expertise in strategy and political management, creating public value, negotiation, crisis management, financial stewardship and internal capacity and performance management.
Annual Photography Fellowship
Each year the Foundation awards a photo fellowship to an aspiring photographer. The fellow takes pictures in five states, including at least one from each region. The photos focus on telling the story of forestry in those area of the country and are used throughout the following year for educational and promotional purposes.
Native Trees at School Grants
Each year schools from around the country are eligible to apply for a tree planting grant from the foundation. One school from each region (Northeast, Southern, West) is chosen and announced during the summer. Schools receive grants in the fall and will hold a planting ceremony at the optimum time for planting in that area.
Biennial Nationwide State-Tree Poster Contest
Every two years, the NASF Foundation will hold a state tree poster contest. Participants will submit their entries based on the guidelines of that year's format (e.g.. photography, artwork, etc.). A committee appointed by the Foundation will chose a winner from each state, who's entry will be added to a collage poster. The resulting poster will be available for purchase following the announcement of the winner. Each winner will receive a copy of the poster with a congratulatory letter from their state forester.
2013 Partnership with the National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day Foundation
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