Leadership Institute

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Step up and join the next generation of leaders

Each year, 12 juniors and seniors in the College of Natural Resources and Environment apply for and are selected to take on the challenge of the CNRE Leadership Institute. Students who participate in the Leadership Institute work hard — in the classroom, on team projects, and on their own self-awareness.

Once accepted, they embark on a yearlong journey of leadership development and practice that includes taking a three-credit course in both the fall and spring semesters, taking part in an off-campus retreat, and managing a capstone team project. In between semesters, the students and their instructors take a weeklong trip to Richmond and Washington, D.C., during which they meet with with leaders and policymakers from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private industries.

What you’ll learn in the Leadership Institute

  • How your personality type affects your interactions with others, and how you process information, make decisions, and approach tasks
  • How effective leaders leverage knowledge about their personality type to work with and lead others
  • How effective leaders deal with change, teamwork, and conflict
  • The common paths (and some unique paths) that leaders may take to arrive in leadership positions
  • How to apply principles of leadership in team projects
Students from the Leadership Institute visit the Virginia Department of Forestry Headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Each spring, the Leadership Institute directors hold an information session to answer questions, talk more about what happens in the program, and explain the application process. When this information is available, we’ll post it here.

In the meantime, the basic eligibility requirements are below. If you have questions, please contact Brian Bond, director of the Leadership Institute.

  • Be a junior or senior in any major within the College of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average at Virginia Tech of 3.0 or higher
  • Have the desire to lead and make a difference in conservation of natural resources and the environment