Educational Internship Program
Fusion Farms’ Educational Internship Program
Fusion Farms is pioneering a model that wraps education and instruction around real-world experience, transforming the trajectory of the island’s most promising young leaders.
Puerto Rico is experiencing a crisis of leadership. In the context of unprecedented challenges, inequality is growing but opportunities have never been greater. In the context of unprecedented technological advances, we’re destroying our beautiful island environment. In the context of our connected world, we are failing to address the global challenges that threaten our island, our society, our prosperity, and our future.
Overcoming these challenges requires a new generation of leaders who see the whole picture, who work effectively across lines of difference, and who are committed to more than short-term wins and financial gain.
History shows that ideas don’t change the world – leaders do, and we are seeking those leaders of tomorrow from the students of today. Fusion Farms is seeking University interns to come and learn how a food secure future has fundamental impacts beyond the farm. Each of our interns has something important in common: at an early stage, they were shaped by formative experiences proximate to the problems they’re now solving. These experiences gave them empathy, humility, and the vision to see opportunities where others saw only challenges.
To move the world ahead we will need more leaders like these.
How Fusion Farms’ Internship Program Works
We put our interns a world ahead so they can, in turn, move the world ahead.
The final year of college is the most critical developmental moment in a young person’s life. Recognized by societies and religions alike, this transition – when done by design and not by default – can become a transformation. Fusion Farms is pioneering a model that wraps education and instruction around real-world experience and transforms the trajectory of the island’s most promising young leaders.
Each year, Fusion Farms will recruit and train a talented and diverse group of college graduates from across Puerto Rico and support them through a school-year-long immersion in the people, processes, and tools used at Fusion Farms. As interns, they work as apprentices supporting efforts in farming, nutrition, technology, health, alternative energy, sustainability, and the environment. Through training, coaching, and structured reflection, our interns will develop skills and perspectives that guide their education, shape their character, and inform their leadership.
Our interns learn to see the world through new eyes. They gain the experience they need to solve real problems, the perspective they need to see new opportunities, and the network they need to make change happen.
Our Vision for our Internship Program
In the next decade, Fusion Farms aims to train 1,000 young leaders with the intent that those emerging leaders will have an outsized influence on the community, culture, and society of Puerto Rico. Participation in the Fusion Farms Internship Program will be a mark of distinction. Employers will clamor to hire them. As our alumni move into positions of leadership across all sectors, they will reshape policies to advance social mobility, re-engage Puerto Rico in the world, and drive solutions that create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.
Beyond our Internship Program, using our model as a proof-of-concept we’re influencing sea-change in our agricultural paradigm. By partnering with universities, policymakers, and our own alumni we will ensure that one day, a “Fusion Internship” becomes a rite of passage and the hallmark of a world-class higher education.