Because the AIP and GFP are designed for working professionals, many current students and program graduates stay in their positions but change the nature of their work, or create a new position within the same institution. Others use their master’s experience to become more highly qualified for new careers and jobs at other places. Project Dragonfly graduate students come to us from a broad range of professional and educational backgrounds and include professionals working in conservation organizations, non-profits, businesses, parks, government agencies, schools and more. Because our students are so diverse, interactions between them often lead to new ideas for implementing conservation education programs locally and globally.
In large part, students drive their own master’s experience through projects they design, so where a student ends up depends on where he or she wants to go. But students also acquire specific content knowledge and skills in biodiversity threats and conservation, evolution, community engagement, inquiry-based education, science writing and publishing, and leadership, among many others. These skills can be beneficial in a current work environment or help prepare a master’s student for a new career. Both the AIP and the GFP provide students with academic preparation in the life sciences, innovative research experiences, and opportunities to generate and apply knowledge in diverse community contexts.