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.
2019 Intern - Amanda Gorzeny
Amanda is from Grand Mound, Iowa. She is currently a student at Iowa State University where she is majoring in Global Resource Systems with a secondary major in Agricultural Life Sciences and Education. Last summer Amanda participated in a Global Learning program in the Virgin Islands; she is also a member of the Globe Ambassodors. About coming to the foundation as an intern, she said, “I found this internship on the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences scholarship website, and I was immediately interested because throughout high school and college I learned a little bit about Norman Borlaug. I am interested in pursuing an international career in development and figured this was right up my alley working with food security.”
She is very interested in communications and marketing and has already spent a great deal of her time with the NBHF promoting events at the farm and improving the social media outreach of the foundation. Additionally, she has promoted the NBHF Borlaug Summer Dialogue and is working on organizing the neighborhood picnic.
Amanda has spent much time at the Borlaug farm working on the gardens and landscaping around the property. She has also given tours and been involved with helping set up group events at the farm. The Mighty Howard County Fair was also a very busy time for her. She set up the work schedule for the Borlaug booth, developed the work schedule for foundation members and took several turns working in it. Amanda also created a display on Borlaug for the 4H building.
We look forward to many more great things from Amanda. She has already had a considerable impact on helping promote Norm’s legacy and educating others about his contributions to the world.
2018 intern - Abby Kennon
Abby will be a junior at Iowa State University in the fall of 2018. She is majoring in agronomy. Abby grew up on a acreage near Lime Springs, Iowa, and attended Howard-Winneshiek CSD. She is the first Borlaug-Thomson Intern to be from the local area.
Abby began her work with the Foundation in May of 2018. Her duties included working with landscaping at the farms, giving tours of the property, and working with special events at the farm. She will also work in the NBHF booth at the Howard County Fair and be involved with the Summer Borlaug Ag Institute.
In an interview with the Cresco Times Plain Dealer, Abby said, "I am really passionate about world hunger. There are people out there starving. I first learned about the severity of global hunger through one of my classes. My professor was very passionate, so that inspired me, as well. In the Borlaug-Thomson internship, I’m learning so much about one significant influence, Dr. Norman Borlaug. In the future, I want to educate and help prevent future world hunger issues."
Abby recently served as an intern for the World Food Prize and hopes to work for them upon graduation from ISU. She would like to focus on reaching youth about the need for food around the world.
2017 intern - Kayleigh Koch
Kayleigh will be a junior at Iowa State University in the fall of 2017. She is majoring in agricultural business. Kayleigh grew up on a farm near Hawkeye, Iowa, and attended North Fayette-Valley Schools.
Kayleigh began her work with the Foundation in May of 2017. Her duties include working with the gardens on the farm, giving tours of the property, promoting Foundation activities, and as a tribute to Dr. Borlaug, she planted a wheat plot. She will also work in the NBHF booth at the Howard County Fair and be involved with the special activities planned for RABGRAI's visit to the farm.
She first heard about the Borlaug-Thomson Intern program through Dr. David Acker of ISU. Her goal is to work on numerous projects at the farm and to get the word out about the importance of Dr. Borlaug and the work he did. She also plans to be involved with the 2017 Fall Inspire Day as a session leader.