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


Rebecca Picard, Director of Internships and Youth Impact

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

DES MOINES, IOWA - The World Food Prize Foundation has selected 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:

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About the World Food Prize Foundation: The World Food Prize Foundation elevates innovations and inspires action to sustainably increase the quality, quantity and availability of food for all. The Foundation supports this through a variety of innovative programs year-round, including by: recognizing and rewarding individuals making exceptional achievements in addressing food security; convening global leaders in Des Moines each year to address the latest issues and innovations in food and agriculture; inspiring, recognizing and empowering students around the world by providing educational and professional experiences on pressing food security and agriculture issues; and addressing Iowa's challenges and successes in fighting hunger and poverty.

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