Policy and Communications Internships
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. In the summer of 2013, the Foundation funded an additional internship focused on communications. The communications intern will work on various projects to promote forestry messages on behalf of the Association. These opportunities 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 Video Contest
Every two years, the NASF Foundation will hold a state tree video contest. Participants will submit their entries based on the guidelines of that year's format. The videos will be available for public voting. The chosen entry will be announced and the winner will receive an award.
2013 Partnership with the National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day Foundation
The 2013 National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day took place on April 25, and enabled thousands of children from around the country to learn about the importance of trees, forestry and forestry related careers. We look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.