WASHINGTON, DC—Applications are now open [internal link] to host an international intern through the USDA Forest Service International Forestry Fellowship Program. IFFP is a great opportunity for Forest Service units to energize their teams, get projects done and exchange knowledge and technical expertise with international students from partner universities and forestry schools. Fellows intern with units from two to five months in the summer and fall, and the program is set up as a cost share between host field units and International Programs.
Since IFFP launched in 2016, 32 units have hosted 58 fellows from Albania, Georgia, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine. For a quick introduction to the program, watch the six-minute video about IFFP fellow Pia Sundvall (embedded below), a forestry student from Sweden who spent a summer working alongside her Forest Service colleagues on the Superior National Forest with the LaCroix Ranger District. You can also read this brief “Inside the Forest Service” article about IFFP fellow Manuel Lopez Parrondo, a forestry engineering student from Spain who was invited by the National Forests of Florida to extend his original five-month IFFP internship to a year.
While the tangible benefits of this program are numerous, the intangible benefits of mutual learning and cultural exchanges have been cited by hosts and mentors as having the greatest and most positive impact on Forest Service teams and communities.
More details about the fellowships and cost-share program, as well as application forms, are provided on the IFFP SharePoint site (internal link). For additional information, please contact Brenda Dean, International Visitor Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to email@example.com. Applications for the 2020 International Forestry Fellows Program are due Oct. 25, 2019.
If you can host an international fellow, we encourage you to apply! This program is truly a great way for Forest Service units to apply knowledge globally while contributing to the professional development of agency staff and future generations of natural resource managers.