"Last spring, the second semester of my junior year, I spent five months abroad in Sierra Leone, West Africa. I was studying agribusiness and international development which perfectly aligned with my major in Agricultural and Consumer Economics concentrating in Policy, International trade, and Development. It was during this time that I first witnessed the work AgReach is doing, in particular through the USAID-funded INGENAES project. By having the opportunity to sit in on INGENAES workshops, I was able to see the project’s gender-transformative approach in action. Witnessing Sierra Leoneans examine and question societal norms was inspiring.
"I returned to the U.S. with a newfound fervor for a career in development, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to intern with AgReach on my campus. As an intern, I’ve learned so much about operating a multinational project, developed many professional skills, and expanded my network. This experience has been a valuable stepping stone towards my career goals as I figure out the path I feel driven to pursue."