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.
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.