Intern, Entrepreneurship Program

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Matt Harris Entrepreneurship Program


As one of the world’s largest conservation organizations, the Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. We help others understand and use trees as a solution to global issues (like air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty, and hunger) that are critical to survival.

The Arbor Day Foundation seeks to play a critical hand in helping cultivate the talent and ideas of the future. The Matt Harris Entrepreneurship Program is a national program for graduate students to receive investment, coaching, and training over the course of an intensive summer as they pursue innovation and social enterprise opportunities, leveraging trees. We are looking for students with an entrepreneurial mindset and passion for product development to aid in idea generation using trees as a solution, while working towards our mission of inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

You are:

  • A graduate student
  • An ambitious self-starter focused on innovation and creation
  • Interested in how trees can be the solution to the challenges our planet faces
  • Excited to generate new business ideas with the support of Arbor Day Foundation experts
  • Willing to curate expertise and have demonstrated ingenuity and resilience
  • Excited to learn and grow with a collaborative spirit
  • Able to collect and leverage data to evaluate market trends and competitive analysis

We offer:

  • A structured 9-week summer program at 35 hours per week
  • $20 per hour compensation
  • Paid housing in downtown Lincoln, NE, walkable distance to Arbor Day Foundation
  • Resource of $7,500 for R&D to accelerate work
  • Opportunities for mentorship, feedback, and networking
  • Potential partners to work with in the future

Grow through:

  • Understanding and adapting the mindset of an entrepreneur
  • Defining and discussing entrepreneurship as it relates to your idea
  • Engaging in customer discovery through interviews and observation
  • Research and outreach to potential competitors that relate to your new business venture
  • Building business plan components to support your idea
  • Practice formulating a pitch


  • Applications due: January 31st
  • First round interviews selected by: February 2nd
  • Second round interviews selected by: February 8th
  • Selections made by: February 16th