Five Drake students selected for World Food Prize Foundation internships

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Five Drake University students have been chosen for prestigious internship opportunities at The World Food Prize Foundation, an international nonprofit organization focusing on improvements in the field of food insecurity.

The World Food Prize Foundation announced in September that Lauren Blum, a third-year pharmacy student from Groveland, Ill.; Madeline Cheek, a senior writing and anthropology major from Barrington, Ill; Caroline Hogan, a junior public relations major from Edina, Minn.; Sarah Schroeder, a senior strategic political communications major from Waukee, Iowa; and Gustav Swanson, a junior international business and marketing major from Chicago, Ill.; are among the 15 students to be selected as The World Food Prize’s George Washington Carver Interns for the fall 2017.

"The George Washington Carver Internship is an unsurpassed professional development experience that provides exceptional opportunities in program design and implementation, as well as interaction with an array of international leaders in global food security,” said Kenneth Quinn, president of The World Food Prize Foundation.

Blum, Cheek, Hogan, Schroeder, and Swanson will each work alongside an individual staff mentor at the Foundation to plan and execute many of the Foundation’s events and programs. They will help to plan the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, guide the Global Youth Institute, stage the Iowa Hunger Summit, and welcome Laureates, government officials, business leaders, and research scientists from over 40 countries.

“I’m really excited for the whole experience,” Hogan said. “Not only is it amazing working for such a renowned nonprofit, but the way the internship works is that you are given full responsibility and you are treated as one of the staff members. It’s a lot of work and a lot of responsibility, but it’s an amazing opportunity to really be treated as a professional and capable person.”

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