Lane Kunzie with a representative of the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program. Kunzie will be traveling to Penang, Malaysia for two months. Once there, he will be working and interning at WorldFish, an organization that focuses on improving aquaculture and marine life.
The World Food Prize Foundation announced today that it will send 24 high school students abroad for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program at renowned international research centers and NGOs this summer. The students hail from Iowa and twelve other states and will delve into issues related to global hunger and poverty during eight-week internships in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of this unique program, which was created by Dr. Norman Borlaug and John Ruan Sr. in 1998, allowing high-school-aged 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 program has grown significantly over the past 20 years, initially sending just two students overseas the first year. At the culmination of the twentieth year, 322 young aspiring scientists will have participated in the internship that has created a significant impact on their education and career choices.
For more information on the Borlaug-Ruan Internship and 2018 Interns, please visit www.worldfoodprize.org/2018interns