Seton Hall sophomore, Emma Tobin, is the newest addition to the George Washington Carver Internship Program of the World Food Prize Foundation. Created by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work in global agriculture, the World Food Prize is an international honor, awarding those “who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.” Every semester and summer, a select few students are chosen to the George Washington Carver (GWC) Internship Program, where they assist in the creation and programming of different World Food Prize projects and events. According to the World Food Prize Foundation, “Working one-on-one with a staff mentor, GWC Interns become an integral part of this internationally renowned organization and interact with: World Food Prize Laureates; government officials; international experts in science and agriculture; leaders in industry and business; and members of local, national and international media.”
Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, added: "The George Washington Carver college-level Interns play an invaluable role at the World Food Prize working side by side with professional staff in planning and implementing all of our programs," says. "We could not have the success that we experience without the essential contributions of our Carver Interns."
“I was ecstatic when I was offered the opportunity to move to Iowa for the summer to learn from world leaders in food sustainability,” said Tobin about her acceptance into the program. Tobin will assist in the planning of the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, which is known to bring in more than 1,200 farmers, scientists, policy experts, and business executives from around the world to discuss issues in global food security and nutrition every year.
In order to secure her spot on the World Food Prize Foundation team, Emma had to submit an application along with a writing sample. Her writing sample was an article that was published internationally while she was working with the High Atlas Foundation, a nonprofit committed to developing a self-sustaining future in Morocco. You can find the article here.
Tobin is a well-seasoned traveler, having lived in four different countries and visited 39. As the granddaughter of Iowan corn and soybean farmers, she grew up with an intimate understanding of the importance of farming and food security. She looks forward to “the homecoming” as she travels to Iowa.
“My travels have taught me how important learning about other cultures and religions are in attempting to solve political issues and cultural misconceptions or biases. As Americans, we should continue to support organizations like the World Food Prize Foundation as they reward those who are attempting to solve world hunger and provide food security irrespective of culture, race, or religious backgrounds.”
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