World Food Prize Announces 21 Students for Renowned International Internship
Sarah Kunch was one of 21 students from ten states who have earned World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internships that delved into issues relating to hunger and poverty throughout the world during eight-week, all-expenses-paid summer internships at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Sarah earned an internship to research in Peru and worked at the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima.
The Borlaug-Ruan Internship is a unique program that allows student interns to participate in projects with distinguished researchers at leading agricultural research centers around the globe. While getting a firsthand view of real and pressing food security issues and nutrition problems in poverty-stricken areas, the students become an integral part of a project, spending time in the lab as well as days or weeks at a time in the field conducting research and interviews, and gathering data.
The interns are involved in global projects dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger such as: fisheries and aquaculture studies; biotechnology; micro-credit and the women’s self-help concept; the influence of education on household food security; and the calculation of Vitamin C concentration in numerous potato varieties.
A prerequisite for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship is attending the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, which occurs each October and exposes students to opportunities associated with careers in agricultural, natural resource, life sciences and affiliated fields. Youth Institute participants present essays and interact with World Food Prize Laureates and renowned experts to discuss issues relating to food security throughout the world.
A list of the 21 Borlaug-Ruan International Interns, including photos, can be found online at: www.worldfoodprize.org/2012interns