Majors: Journalism and French (Emphasis Language, Literature and Culture)
Minor: Food Studies
Internship Site: International Traditional Knowledge Institute – U.S.
Role: Knowledge Seeker: I was responsible for collecting a farmer’s story and creating a profile on the Creative Knowledge Platform, which is like a digital library.
Future Career Interest: Food Writer and Activist for a French/American Publication
This summer was quite transformational for me. I thoroughly enjoyed all the work I did with the International Traditional Knowledge Institute – U.S. All summer long, the focus was on the new Farmers, Ranchers and Gatherers of the Southwest Project. The project’s emphasis is to tell stories on behalf of farmers, ranchers, and gatherers of the Southwest, who might not otherwise be able to tell their own story, as a result of lacking time or ability. My role as an intern was a Knowledge Seeker. Essentially, I was expected to collect the stories of Knowledge Keepers (KK) through interview and tell their stories on the Creative Knowledge Platform (CKP). I specifically worked with a Hopi dryland farmer, and that was a very educational and thrilling experience. I gained a richer understanding about dryland farming and telling stories. Ultimately, the biggest takeaway from my internship was realizing how much I love writing about food. I have written many stories in my young journalist career, but the internship allowed me to expand on the subject of food. I am proud of all the work I produced this summer and I am pleased to see it go on my resume. Finally, I am especially happy that I had the opportunity to work with other members of the project who are also passionate about food justice and sustainability.