A Costa Rican agricultural science student is the third person to complete an EARTH University internship with Frieda’s Inc. in Los Alamitos, Calif., where a previous EARTH intern now serves as strategic business analyst.
Catalina Mora worked at Frieda’s for four months through the university’s internship program. She now returns to Costa Rica to complete her bachelor’s degree, according to a news release from the wholesale produce company.
Frieda’s president and chief executive officer, Karen Caplan, said in the release that the internship program is beneficial to the university and the company. Both have a commitment to sustainability, and Caplan said the internship program is a way to ensure future agri-business professionals understand the importance of sustainable business practices.
Aldo Bettoni, an EARTH graduate and Frieda’s first intern in the program, joined Frieda’s staff in 2010 as the company’s strategic business analyst.
EARTH University is a private, non-profit university based in Costa Rica that offers education in sustainable agriculture to students from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.
The school was founded with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the government of Costa Rica to help educate students from economically depressed communities. The EARTH University Foundation, based in Atlanta, helps provide scholarships to 80% of the school’s students.