Posted by: Anna Ishibashi March 11, 2014
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the selection of 18 students from agricultural colleges for theiraugural summer internshipprogram for the organization’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) labs. 71 students applied for 18 internship opportunities, and half of the applicants were students from Texas A&M University. Among those selected wee four undergraduates and five graduates, all of which are studying at several colleges across the University, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, and the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Conflict Development at Texas A&M University is one of the eight labs from seven universities associated with HESN, which is a lab network created by USAID in 2012. HESN establishes cooperation between development professionals and academia, and it contributes to the world’s public health by solving the world’s most pressing developmental challenges with passionate scientists, students, faculty, and entrepreneurs. The seven universities include: Texas A&M University, University of California, Berkeley; Duke University; Michigan Sate University; The College of William and Mary; Makerere University (Uganda); and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“I’m really proud that our interns are a representation of not only the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, but also Texas A&M University,” said Dr. Leslie Ruyle, the Academic Coordinator and M&E Specialist for Conflict Development (ConDev) at Texas A&M. “We had 46 students from more than 15 departments across campus apply for the internships. After a round of interviews with ConDev staff, we nominated a total of 28 students to USAID.”
The internships include programs such as working in the Office of Science & Technology, joining the Measuring Impact Team in Forestry & Biodiversity and participating virtually in the Private Sector Engagement Group in Thailand.