The internship program, named for WFA’s first Black president, is offered in partnership with several Arkansas companies, and includes housing for participants, weekly networking events, and professional development workshops. Its goal is to provide women of color in the state of Arkansas more access to and representation in these professional fields.
“I’m positive that empowering and supporting this program’s participants will create positive impacts in our state and beyond,” said Garver Chief Communications Officer Laura Nick. “And I’m proud that Garver is invested in this community and building a pipeline for young women in STEM to join our industry.”
As a sponsor and supporter, Garver also hosted intern Oluwatoyin Elizabeth Abati, a student at the University of Arkansas who is pursuing a master’s degree in agricultural communication.
“Elizabeth has done an amazing job and been a joy to work with,” Nick said. “We congratulate her on graduating from the internship program and will be cheering her on as she continues with her master’s degree.”
Garver has supported WFA for the past eight years through its corporate giving program GarverGives, which provides a platform for partnership with local organizations to advance STEM education, provide grant funding, and promote employee giving and volunteerism.