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World Food Prize Foundation Selects 6 Students for Prestigious George Washington Carver Internship Program


The World Food Prize Foundation announced today the selection of 6 students for its prestigious George Washington Carver Internship program this Fall, which will take place in-person and remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time in the program’s history, interns will assist in the promotion and facilitation of a virtual World Food Prize annual week of events. 

Every academic semester and summer, the World Food Prize Foundation selects a number of highly qualified students for its George Washington Carver (GWC) Internship program. Since its founding in 2001, the GWC Internship has impacted over 350 students and given them the opportunity to learn about the operation and impact of an international non-profit organization, as well as the importance of global food security. 

“I couldn’t be more excited to continue to experience all the agricultural innovation and passion that the World Food Prize recognizes while learning critical career and professional skills as I contribute to the organization’s inspiring mission,” said intern Grace Long. 

This fall, interns from Des Moines Area Community College, Drake University, Grand View University, Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota  will be welcomed to the GWC Internship program. Interns will work on a wide range of projects for the Foundation, including planning the 2020 virtual Borlaug Dialogue, assisting with nominations, designing graphics, promoting World Food Prize programs and planning the virtual World Food Prize Laureate award ceremony.

While working one-on-one with an experienced mentor, interns will play an essential role in the daily operations of the World Food Prize Foundation. They also have the unique opportunity to interact with World Food Prize Laureates, government officials, international experts in science and agriculture, leaders in industry and business and members of local and international media. 

"I greatly look forward to being a part of the 2020 George Washington Carver Internship Cohort during this unusual time,” said Intern Luke Sloterdyk. “I hope to learn how to respond to crises such as these with diligence, courage, and data-driven decisions from my highly-esteemed team members. This internship is an extraordinary opportunity for me to apply what I have learned in my studies to my passion for food security and international development."

Learn more about the George Washington Carver Internship program here.

 Fall 2020 GWC Interns

  1. Eleora Demuth | University of Minnesota - Crookston |
  2. Montana Gam-Ad | Iowa State University |
  3. Molly Hart | Grand View University |
  4. Grace Long | Drake University |
  5. Ashley Rolf | Iowa State University | 
  6. Luke Sloterdyk | Iowa State University |

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE: The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 50 outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger. 

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