The World Food Prize Foundation

Borlaug-Ruan International Internship

The Borlaug-Ruan International Internship: a truly unique program inspiring high school students to embark on career paths in science, agriculture and global development. 

The prestigious Borlaug-Ruan international internship provides high school students eight-week hands-on experience working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers around the globe.

Since 1998, The World Food Prize has sent over 300 students on Borlaug-Ruan International Internships at 34 of the top agricultural research centers and institutions around the world in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, including: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkey.

The Borlaug-Ruan International Internship is different from other study abroad internship programs in that students participate in original research projects with acclaimed international scientists while getting a firsthand view of pressing food security issues and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas of the developing world.

Through the internship program, the student becomes an integral part of her or his assigned project, spending time in the lab, as well as days or weeks at a time in the field, conducting research and gathering data.

"This experience has changed my life in numerous ways. It has made me consider majors I never thought I would consider five years ago. It’s made me consider issues that weren’t at the top of my list. And, it just, it added a whole different aspect to my life and it really changed the course of where I wanted to be and where I want to be in ten years. Because, now I know that I want to be a fighter in this fight. I want to be in the ring, ah you know, taking down food insecurity and really helping those around the world."

- Pavane Gorrepati -
From Davenport, Iowa. Studied at the China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center (CNHRRDC) in Changsha, China

ELIGIBILITY: Any student who has participated in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute and is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. is eligible to apply.

Owing to the significant responsibilities imposed under the internship program, applicants must be at least in 11th grade at the time they apply for the internship and must reach their 17th birthday by the first week of June of the year in which the internship will take place. Students remain eligible to apply for the internship through their freshman year of college. Interns do not receive compensation for their work, but their travel to and from the center, lodging, and meal expenses are paid by the World Food Prize Foundation.



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