The National Wildlife Federation is currently accepting applications for three summer graduate student market research fellows to inform and strengthen NWF Education and Engagement programs through dedicated market research projects

Application deadline: April 30th.

Benefits of participation include:

  • Earn a $5,000 stipend
  • Play a key role in the development of NWF Education and Engagement Programs
  • Gain valuable career experience and professional development

As NWF EcoLeaders enters its 10th year we are developing a more expansive business model. This business model will provide a framework that will better align opportunities and resources across NWF education and engagement programs to support young people in developing the knowledge, skills and desire to make a greater collective impact today and throughout the course of their lives.

Goal(s) of Fellowship: In an effort to better serve our constituents, the Market Research Fellows will support the research and development of the new EcoLeader Framework by conducting market research and analyzing collected data to help determine best practices to meet the needs of today’s emerging leaders. The specific goals and deliverables of the Fellowship will be determined based on the interest and strengths of the Fellows, as expressed in their Fellowship applications. Fellowship applications should address one or more of the following goals:

Research Goals:

  • Constituent Segmentation Research: Conduct research through surveys, interviews and focus group as a means to better understand the mindset and needs of EcoLeader market segments (teenagers 13-17 and young adults 18–26-year-olds)
  • Market/Competitor/Peer Analysis: Research other national-scale environmental education and engagement initiatives/programs and suggest best practices in business model/program design to meet the needs of our constituency while ensuring fair and equitable impacts and benefits for communities of color and low-income communities.

  • Product Research: Research technologies and strategies for building, growing, and enhancing vibrant and diverse virtual communities that connect members to on-the-ground actions.

Timeline and Requirements

We are accepting applications for our 2024 Graduate Student Market Research Fellowships until April 30, 2024. The approximate start date for fellows will be May 15, 2024.

Fellows will be asked to create a 4-6 month work plan to complete their research goal. During the Fellowship term, Fellows will check in regularly with NWF staff and work closely with the other Fellows in the cohort, submitting regular updates on their research and assisting the team with additional duties as assigned. At the end of their term, Fellows will develop and submit a report of their findings and recommendations to the NWF team.

To Apply:

  1. Review the full Request for Applications Document
  2. Complete the online application form
  3. Identify a faculty/staff advisor and have them submit a letter of recommendation to fellows@nwf.org

*Optional: Participate in one of the office hour sessions:

We will be holding two office hours sessions via Zoom to answer questions from prospective applicants and provide more information. These information sessions are optional and scheduled for the following times:

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please click on your preferred date above to register. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, feel free to reach out with questions.

About National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Research Fellowships

National Wildlife Federation Graduate Student Fellows help to inform and strengthen NWF Education and Engagement programs through dedicated research projects. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with NWF staff on research that helps to expand the content and development of a variety of efforts across NWF's Education and Engagement programs. Fellows join a national network of current and alumni fellows, many of whom have gone on to lead new businesses, agencies, and programs for sustainability all across the U.S. 

Contact Fellows@nwf.org with any questions.

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