Meet Georgia Parolski, a Food Policy intern at the Corn Refiners Association. In her role, Georgia focuses on supporting the CRA team and the Health and Wellness Committee on matters pertaining to regulatory affairs, nutrition, food safety, and food labeling.

Q: How long have you been with the Corn Refiners Association, and what is your role in the organization?

I have been interning with CRA since January 2022. I assist with CRA’s food policy agenda via research tasks, including literature reviews and monitoring of key events in the food policy space. I have enjoyed exploring the interconnectedness of food systems and hearing from industry leaders about the role of agriculture in human health.

Q: How did you become interested in a career in the agriculture industry?

I have always been interested in working in health policy here in DC and I was intrigued to see how I could apply my public health and biology background to agriculture policy.

Q: How has your past experience prepared you for your current role?

I am currently pursuing a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences as well as a Certificate of Global Health at University of Maryland. I also have a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The George Washington University. My coursework and previous research have translated perfectly into my work at CRA, especially in the context of food toxicology and environmental health policy.

Q: How do you spend your time away from the office? Do you have any special hobbies?

You’re likely to find me near a body of water doing some kind of water sport. If you don’t find me there, I’m probably at a concert or riding my horse.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

I don’t fully know yet and that’s okay! That’s the point of internship programs like CRA’s; they help students and emerging professionals explore multiple career options.