Welcome to May! It’s a new month and that means we have a new online intern tapping into his networks to change the world. Meet Joshua from the United States.
What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
As a third-year undergraduate student at university, this is a question I ask myself almost every day. And unfortunately each day I am not able to answer the question with any more certainty. However, in school I am currently studying human development and also global health; I am very interested in the way people and communities of people develop socially around the world.
When I "grow up” I know I want to do work that allows me to travel and experience different parts of the world and their cultures while also contributing to the community in which I am learning from. I would also like to incorporate teaching into the work that I do.
Why did you apply to be an online intern?
I applied to be a WFP online intern for the learning experience and also because I am a very strong believer in and supporter of the work and values of WFP. I was extremely excited about such an opportunity to learn more about the organization and the many different projects that WFP is involved with all over the world. I wanted to get involved.
I think working with such a wonderful international organization will teach me skills and add to the many perspectives with which I look at the world and think. I am also quite active through social media and truly believe in the ways it can bring awareness and change; I wanted to work with WFP through such media.
How do you think students can use social media for social change?
I regularly use and am part of many different social media networks. I truly believe in the power of social media as an effective means of communication and information in the year 2012. With almost every company, organization, news channel, and person with at least one twitter account, using social media is such an effective way of keeping up to date, minute by minute, with what is happening all around the world – of course in less than 140 characters.
Student can use social media for social change through so many different means as well. With Facebook and Twitter connecting and reconnecting people with similar interests and passions all over the world, for example, advocacy and awareness can be spread through those friends' and followers' networks. Students have one of the greatest social circles and thus can share and receive so much new information and news through them.
Why are you interested in WFP and the work we do around the world?
I am interested in WFP and the work that WFP does around the world because through traveling almost all my life - for example currently I am in and have spent almost four months in Nairobi - I have been able to see the realities of hunger and how it affects so many other daily functions such as work, family life, education, and the necessities of good food and nutrition. I have heard about how poverty and hunger are such debilitating causes for so many other challenges and limit the potential of everyday life, work, and well-being for millions of people all over the world. I hope through working with WFP I can learn more and grow in my understanding and outreach for this crisis.
What are your hopes for the future?
In the future, I hope to continue with work that brings awareness and change regarding issues that not only are personally important to me but also are rights that people deserve, like hunger. I hope I am able to see more parts of the world through my work and that my experiences there will continue to shape me into a citizen of this world.