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World Food Prize Foundation Selects Eight Students for Prestigious George Washington Carver Internship Program

26 July 2023, Iowa: The World Food Prize Foundation has eight students for its esteemed George Washington Carver (GWC) Internship program this summer, taking place remotely and in-person at the Foundation’s headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

Each semester, the World Food Prize Foundation receives applications from across the nation for the GWC Internship program, selecting a highly talented cohort each fall, spring, and summer semester. Interns play a crucial role in various significant projects at the Foundation, encompassing areas such as archives, awards management, event planning, communications, graphic design, international dialogues, and youth programming.

Since its establishment in 2001, the GWC Internship program has impacted the lives of over 375 students. Through this experience, interns gain invaluable insights into the operations and influence of an international nonprofit organization, while also gaining firsthand knowledge of the critical importance of food security in today’s world.

“I feel honored to be in contact with so many figures who have made a remarkable impact in the noble fight against world hunger,” said David Ngam, summer 2023 GWC intern. “This internship is an opportunity for me to take a more critical look at these role models, but it’s also a chance for me to learn from them and grow my understanding of sustainable agrifood systems.”

This summer’s interns represent a diverse range of institutions including undergraduate and graduate students from Cornell University, Drake University, Grand View University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, Ohio University, and the University of Denver. Under the guidance of experienced mentors, these students work closely with the Foundation staff and have the chance to interact with government officials, World Food Prize Laureates, international media, and other leaders dedicated to global food security.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to learn from and build connections with World Food Prize Foundation staff through the GWC internship this summer,” said Eleanor Elliot-Rude, summer 2023 GWC intern. “I look forward to continuing to think critically about how Dr. Borlaug’s mission of global food security can be brought to fruition by creating spaces for dialogue and collaboration on the world stage.”

Congratulations to our summer 2023 George Washington Carver Interns:

  • Ashley Dyson | Drake University Class of 2025 |
  • Eleanor Elliott-Rude | Grinnell College Class of 2025 |
  • Mia Kawamitsu | Iowa State University Class of 2024 |
  • Meghan McDonald | University of Denver Class of 2025 | mmcdonald@wo
  • Couburn Nelson | Iowa State University Class of 2024 |
  • David Ngam | Cornell University Class of 2023 |
  • Mason Nickolaus | Grand View University Class of 2024 |
  • Saloni Sabatino | Ohio University Class of 2024 |

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