The World Food Prize Foundation

Borlaug-Ruan International Internship

The Borlaug-Ruan International Internship: a truly unique experience preparing students for high impact careers in science, agriculture and global development. 

The prestigious Borlaug-Ruan international internship provides students a unique professional experience working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research and development organizations around the world.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, World Food Prize Foundation will primarily offer the 2022 Borlaug-Ruan Internships as virtual, remote work internship experiences that you can complete safely and socially-distanced from your home or school. Depending on site safety and capacity, in-person internship experiences requiring international travel may also be offered.

Since 1998, The World Food Prize Foundation has placed over 300 students on Borlaug-Ruan International Internships at 34 of the top agricultural research and development organizations 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 differs from other study abroad and internship programs in that students complete original research projects alongside World Food Prize and Nobel Laureates, and work with acclaimed international researchers and practitioners in the field to improve food security and solve the most pressing agricultural, nutritional, health, economic and environmental problems around the world.

The student becomes an integral member of their team, spending significant time in the laboratory, in the field, and in local communities conducting research and gathering data.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Any student who has participated in a World Food Prize Youth Institute and is 17-20 years old (on June 1, 2022) is eligible to apply. Applicants must be proficient in English to be considered for placement in most research centers. Some placements additionally require native or near-native proficiency in Spanish or Chinese. 

There is no fee to apply or participate, and the World Food Prize Foundation and host organizations will provide the intern research project, weekly mentorship and supervision, and access to specialized trainings, virtual tours, and cultural immersion experiences. The Borlaug-Ruan Internship is an unpaid experience. 

Interns are required to commit at least 200 hours to their host organization, and will complete the internship between May and August 2021, depending on the availability and preference of the intern, their project mentor, and the host organization.


"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 
Worked at the China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center (CNHRRDC) in Changsha, China



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