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National Geographic Society & The Nature Conservancy Freshwater and Community Conservation Remote Externship

Gain communication skills while translating global freshwater conservation issues into a local context.

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Freshwater and Community Conservation Remote Externship
About the
Externship
  • Apply by
    August 28, 2022
  • Externship starts
    September 12, 2022
  • Rolling Externship start date
    September 12, 2022
  • $
    500
    Stipend
  • Open to matriculated undergraduate students
  • Open to matriculated undergraduate and graduate students
  • Open to matriculated high school, undergraduate, and graduate students
  • Open to matriculated graduate students
At a glance
Apply by
August 28, 2022

Submit your application as soon as you can to give yourself the best shot.

Rolling start dates
Rolling applications

The start date for this Externship is rolling and students will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis. Applications will close when the Externship is full.

Applications for this Practicum are rolling and students will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis. Applications will close when the Practicum is full.

Part-time and fully remote
This Externship is a 10-hour-per-week fully remote experience where all meetings and events are recorded.
This Practicum is a 10-hour-per-week fully remote experience where all meetings and events are recorded.
Externship starts
Externship starts
September 12, 2022
Externship starts
Practicum starts
September 12, 2022
Receive your start date with your acceptance letter

This remote Externship will last

This remote Practicum will last

8

weeks.

$
500
Stipend

Students that accept their offers will receive their educational stipends at the end of the program.

Required Academic Standing

This Externship is open to undergraduate students only.

This Practicum is open to undergraduate students only.

Required Academic Standing

This Externship is open to undergraduate students and graduate students.

This Practicum is open to undergraduate students and graduate students.

Geographical Eligibility

This Externship is open to applicants all around the world.

This Externship is open to applicants all around the world.

Geographical Eligibility

This Externship is open only to applicants attending a college or university located in the United States.

This Externship is open only to applicants attending a college or university located in the United States.

Required Academic Standing

This Externship is open to graduate students only.

This Practicum is open to graduate students only.

Required academic standing

This Externships is open to high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students.

This Practicum is open to high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students.

Required academic standing

This Externships is open to high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students. Young people not currently enrolled at an academic institution are also welcomed to apply.

This Practicum is open to high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students. Youths not currently enrolled at any academic institution are also welcomed to apply.

Required Academic Standing

This pilot Externship program is open to Sophomores and Juniors from Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University at this time.

This Practicum is open to undergraduate students only.

Applications for this experience will ONLY be accepted through this application portal. National Geographic Society + The Nature Conservancy will not be accepting any applications for this externship.
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Program Overview

Freshwater is vital for life on Earth, for people, species, and places across the natural world. Yet, in many places around the globe, our management of freshwater resources is becoming unsustainable. Understanding the interconnectedness and complexity of local and regional freshwater issues is critical to living sustainably on Earth.

In this remote Externship, externs will translate global freshwater conservation issues into a local context, make them relevant and accessible to their communities, and offer solutions to local or regional problems.

Externs Will

Throughout the Externship, you will learn about freshwater conservation careers from weekly webinars featuring National Geographic Society and The Nature Conservancy experts, your own research, and informational interviews conducted with local conservation organizations.

During this Externship, you will:

  • Learn the basics of various freshwater conservation issues and approaches through resources and case studies provided by the National Geographic Society and The Nature Conservancy;
  • Learn and apply primary and secondary research methods to investigate ongoing conservation efforts and identify freshwater conservation issues in your local area or region;
  • Speak to local leaders, conservationists, and community members to gain an understanding of freshwater issues and their impact on the local community;
  • Conduct a landscape/gap analysis to identify gaps in freshwater conservation efforts in your area and propose solutions to issues you may uncover;
  • Gain skills in written and visual storytelling to communicate freshwater issues and how your community can help.


Qualifications

We are seeking young people ages 18-25 from around the globe interested in learning about introductory conservation approaches and exploring a career in conservation. No prior work experience or coursework in conservation or environmental topics is required. Individuals from locations impacted by freshwater conservation issues are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to selecting a cohort of young people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures.

About
National Geographic
The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 15,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature experiences, stories and content.
About
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. The Nature Conservancy works to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends by boldly addressing the biodiversity and climate crises over the next decade. By maximizing the ability to affect change between now and 2030, The Nature Conservancy believes that we can shape a brighter future for people and our planet.
Testimonials

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Dawit Teshome
now interns @Windsor capital, llc

"I found myself as a recent graduate with no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Paragon One offered an exciting opportunity to explore and work with real-world companies alongside a cohort of like-minded individuals. The most significant benefit as an extern is the flexibility for career discovery. As someone who had almost no industry exposure, I had the chance to build my understanding of the marketing industry by researching ad-tech solutions and presenting my findings to the Facebook team."

Valerie Fong
NOW WORKS @Empire lakes productions

“I really want to emphasize that Paragon One offers many opportunities not just in social media and marketing but in finance, accounting, more. These unique and tailored experiences are a great way to not only develop in areas of your own interests but to also expand your knowledge in general. And they're easily accessible. Really anyone can do it. I did it. So I want to emphasize that the possibilities are there and to just go for them.”

Isabella DeIulis
NOW INTERNS @EXTREME NETWORKS

“I believe business and tech together have a transformative power to do good with high impact. That’s why I was so excited to get into the Paragon One Facebook Remote Externship program. It was a structured, intentional experience, and I got to enhance skills like market research, communicating to a strategic audience, and putting together insights in an easily digestible way.”

Jose Medina
NOW WORKS @DELOITTE

“I feel like a lot of people say diversity matters, but they don’t show it. This opportunity definitely showed it. I met people from all over the world with different backgrounds, who had similar interests to me. I don't think I would have ever had the chance to do a project with a company like Facebook outside of this. With this experience being through Paragon One and their connection to my university, it felt so much more accessible to me and not like a far off unattainable goal.”

McKenzie Templeton
NOW WORKS @Johnson city chamber of commerce

“There was mentorship and structure, but the people overseeing us didn’t force their ideas on us. I really liked the frank discussions at the weekly meetings and how the Facebook staff we interacted with showed genuine interest in our futures.”

Ryan Baladez
NOW interns @ACCENTURE
Application Process

After sending in your application, we'll reach out if we think you're a good fit. You'll send in a "Get to Know You" video and then participate in a live interview.

Week 1: Onboarding

During the first week of the program, you'll be setting goals for what you want to achieve in the upcoming weeks and familiarizing yourself with the industry, our platform, and your cohort.

Weeks 2-5: Research & Analysis

During the regular programming of the Externship, you will receive training and complete projects through our student platform. These exciting weeks are filled with weekly meetings, company meetings, student-led workshops, and virtual events like speaker series and networking sessions.

Present to Host Company

Top students will be selected to present their projects and findings to company leads and other senior leadership.

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Is the externship with Paragon One or the Host Company?

Paragon One co-creates externship experiences with each hosting company – the outcomes, the training, the meeting agendas – it’s carefully crafted by both companies. The Paragon One team will manage your Weekly Meetings, Company Meetings, and additional support and feedback. You will meet with your host company, receive feedback from them, present your findings to them, and receive other opportunities to connect with them through out the program.

How long/how much time does the externship take?

All externships take 10-15 hours each week to be successful in the program. This encompasses the time spent learning and completing training, researching, and attending meetings. All externships are 6-8 weeks long. Be sure to check each program for its duration.

How are students able to network with representatives from Host Companies?

Like in professional roles, all your interactions with a company are networking. Networking is about building relationships and trust. Each Company Meeting is an opportunity to impress them and increase their perception of you as an extern. After you complete the program, we compile all the information about you and your work and share it with Host Companies so they can review students and reach out, respectively. Top students get additional opportunities to present their work and have follow-up discussions with company leads.

Can I use the externship for Class Credit?

Yes, you can. Remember that credit-bearing policies vary from institution to institution, so while we can support you to receive credit, you will want to check with your advisor or dean for approval first.