Interning at the Institute
Dorcas Nyiransengiyandemye - Bioresource Engineering Major with a minor in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship.
During her internship at the Margaret A Gilliam Institute for Global food Security under the supervision of Dr. Cortbaoui, Dorcas will utilize her skills in communication and her knowledge in project management to enhance the development of the Institute while gaining more experience in the following areas: stakeholders communication, data analysis, management of the current calls/proposals, development of promotional items for the Institute such as infographics, and other related tasks.
National Skills Foundation of India
Priscille Raynaud - BA student in Social Entrepreneurship & International Development
Intern - National Skills Foundation of India, Gurugram
Priscille conducted the impact assessment of the Fast Track Rural Accelerator Program, an entrepreneurship program designed for semi-literate farmers in rural areas of India. More specifically, her mission was to evaluate the design and implementation of the Fast Track Program after its first 18 months of operation. She therefore interviewed 35 rural entrepreneurs in the villages of Jharkhand and West Bengal, reviewed several reports and brochures of the program, and presented her field observations and take-aways to the major stakeholders of the program. Additionally, she researched similar entrepreneurship programs operating in Africa in order to learn from their experiences and best practices. This allowed her to propose some redesigns for the future implementation of the Fast Track Program in Africa.
This two-month internship was an incredible professional and human experience, and could not have happen without the great support of the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security at McGill University and the local NSFI team.
World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP)
Kate Sinclair, PhD Candidate in Human Nutrition
Intern, UN-World Food Programme, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Kate was hired by WFP’s country office in Sri Lanka as a Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Intern.Primarily, she was hired to work with the country office team to develop, implement, and evaluate an SBCC strategy aimed towards improving eating habits and household dietary diversity using a trans-media approach in order to help address issues related to malnutrition in the country. Additionally, she is working on a qualitative assessment of the implication of WFP’s withdrawal from the School Meal Programme in the Northern Province. Kate is also helping the office with its gender mainstreaming efforts, conducting gender analyses and acing as the gender focal point for the Gender and Age Marker tool. With regards to food security, she is assisting the Vulnerability Assessment Mapping Program Officer in his efforts with FAO to include the FIES module into a national level survey to help monitor the situation in the country. Finally,on ongoing basis she contributes to fundraising efforts through proposal writing and helps to organize various nutrition related events.
Anh Bui, MSc'18 (Human Nutrition)
Intern, UN – World Food Programme, Rome, Italy
During her internship in the Nutrition Knowledge Management (KM) at WFP, Anh Bui's work focuses on research and evidence generation. She is in charge of designing a platform to track both completed and ongoing nutrition research studies implemented by the organization. She has also created a similar platform to provide an overview of peer-reviewed articles on studies relevant to the work of WFP Nutrition. As an intern in the KM team, she also has the opportunity to be involved in project regarding learning and training for WFP staff, as well workforce planning based on currently available and desired skills and capacities.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Loloah Chamoun, PhD student (Human Nutrition)
Loloah Chamoun held the position of Nutrition Decade Intern for the Nutrition and Food Systems Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025) was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations with the aim of accelerating implementation of the commitments made at the 2014 Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), achieve the global nutrition and diet-related non-communicable disease targets by 2025 and contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. As part of her internship, Miss Chamoun is building on Miss Rojas’ past work and continuing to assist on the development of country profiles on food systems and nutrition in line with ICN2 policy recommendations and based on official FAO database sources. Moreover, she is assisting in the development of a strategy which aims to facilitate and encourage nutrition mainstreaming in FAO’s projects, as well as assisting with evaluating the validity of a nutrition marker which aims to assess whether a project is nutrition-sensitive or not.
Marcela Rojas, MSc'18 (Bioresource Engineering)
Marcela Rojas held the position of Nutrition Decade Intern for the Nutrition and Food Systems Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025) was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations with the aim of accelerating implementation of the commitments made at the 2014 Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), achieve the global nutrition and diet-related non-communicable disease targets by 2025 and contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. During her internship, Miss Rojas assisted in the development of country profiles on food systems and nutrition in line with ICN2 policy recommendations and based on official FAO database sources and surveys to monitor progress in countries as part of the Nutrition Decade follow-up.