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October 24, 2013

Georgetown Student Explores Internship Opportunities in African Agribusiness

Alexander M WegnerAlexander M Wegner, currently studying International Politics at Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar), recently returned from Berlin, Germany, upon completing a summer internship at Accenture, a management consultancy firm.

Over the course of the three month internship at the global company, which has locations in more than 120 countries, Alexander prepared powerpoint presentations and contributed to the company’s research efforts. He was also encouraged to pursue his own research interests.

“Each intern’s skills and interests are reviewed by the company and tasks which fit the individual’s strengths and objectives are assigned,” explained Alexander.

Working out of Accenture’s department of Sustainability Services, Alexander’s research focus, ’How Market Efficiency Yields Agricultural Productivity‘, was intended to develop a “strategy for food security enhancement through the optimization of African agribusiness.”

“The world population may reach 10 billion people by 2100, the majority of whom will reside in cities,” explained Alexander.

“Unless productivity improves through methods more sustainable than those of the Green Revolution, food security cannot prevail. This is why I chose to explore the role of infrastructure, institutions and information in improving market efficiency for increased sustainability, food security and long-term business value in the research I conducted at SFS-Qatar and through the internship.”

The internship was an independent initiative, but SFS-Qatar mentors Edward Kolla, Assistant Professor in History provided support and assistance prior to the internship.

Alexander hopes to ultimately pursue a PhD in Political Science in order to “assess and contribute ideas, which have, and will continue, to shape this world.”

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