Summer intern Program

The Borlaug-Thomson Intern program is a scholarship program hosted in conjunction with Iowa State University. The selected candidate works with the NBHF for 8 weeks during the summer in a variety of capacities.

2016 intern - Rebecca Nellis

Rebecca is currently a junior at Iowa State University. She is working on a double major in Food Science and Agriculture and Society. She was a delegate at the Global Youth Institute on World Hunger where she became interested in global food issues.

Nellis grew up near Fort Dodge Iowa. She has been involved with 4-H where she participated in many activities including the State 4-H Council and the National 4-H Congress. 

She is interested in food security issues. "Part of Dr. Borlaug's legacy is education. Without programs he created such as the World Food Prize and the Global Youth Institute on World Hunger, many people, including me, would not realize how vast and complicated food insecurity problems are. I know Dr. Norman Borlaug's legacy and the respect he earned, inspired many to become part of the solution."

Overview of Becca's Summer Activities

Property Tours

Gave tours of the school, boyhood home, barn and outbuildings.

Activity Booklet

Created an activity booklet and a kid's sticker activity for visitors.

Fair Booth

Worked at the Borlaug booth during the Howard County Fair.

Julenek Project

Prepared & distributed Julenek for NBHF fundraising project.


Did landscaping and gardening work at the Borlaug Boyhood Farm.

Garden Signs

Created signs for plants in the garden so kids could identify them.

Parade Entry

Arranged for a period auto to be part of NBHF's parde entry for Cresco's 150th.


Took a key role in promoting the August Ag. Institute seminar.

Previous Borlaug Summer Interns

Megan Rauen

Summer 2015 

Katelyn Gardner

Summer 2014

Dan Doeing

Summer 2013

Christina Riessen

Summer 2012 

Traci Tiernan  (2011) - Mary Foell (2010) - Chelsea Ewen and Brittney Morris (2009) - Nathan Upah (2008)

Borlaug-Thomson Scholarship