The School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan has launched the Environmental Fellowship Program (EFP). This unique program aims to diversify the environmental and conservation philanthropic sector by supporting the career aspirations of graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups.
The program’s goal is to help develop the careers of a new generation of leaders and decision-makers in environmental philanthropy. Fellows are placed in a 12-week paid internship with a philanthropic organization or NGO. Partner foundations and organizations include, but are not limited to, the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) and their member organizations.
These valuable internship opportunities expose students to a variety of career opportunities available in the philanthropic sector. Fellows build new skills and expand social networks that enhance their career portfolios through on-site mentoring, pre-program career development and diversity workshops, and by attending a post-program retreat with EGA members. Through these experiences, fellows expand their understanding of the research and decision-making processes that guide foundation giving. Foundations and their grantees benefit from the ideas of highly motivated, energetic fellows who assist with new and existing projects.