The World Food Prize Foundation

Apply for the Borlaug-Ruan Internship

Applications now open until Monday, January 17! 


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.

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 internship placements additionally require native or near-native proficiency in Spanish or Chinese.

TIMEFRAME: The 2022 Borlaug-Ruan International Internships are planned to take place through the months of May - August 2022. 

NEW INTERNSHIP EXPECTATIONS: Borlaug-Ruan International Interns will be required to commit at least 200 hours of work to their host organization. While a full-time 40 hour per week schedule is standard, more flexible part-time internship arrangements may be possible in some circumstances. 

Borlaug-Ruan Interns are expected to participate in, and present at, the World Food Prize Foundation Global Youth Institute and International Borlaug Dialogue in October 2022 as a core component of the experience. As a capstone to their internship, Borlaug-Ruan Interns are required to develop a research paper or other knowledge product, as well as provide summary presentations for their host organization and the World Food Prize Foundation. 

*NEW* EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, January 17, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST

REQUIRED MATERIALS: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all of the required materials listed below are submitted in their application in order to be considered for a 2022 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship: 

1. Video OR Letter

Submit a video (3-5 minutes) OR written letter (one page max.) addressing the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be a Borlaug-Ruan International Intern?
  • How will you use this experience to advance your college or career plans, and have a greater impact in the world?

2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Upload your resume or CV (including relevant work experience, school and community involvement, and leadership activities).

3. School Transcript

Upload your current academic transcript. An unofficial version is acceptable. A scan of the printed transcript is preferred, but a screenshot of the transcript digitally displayed is allowed. If you are currently enrolled at university, you should submit both your high school / secondary school transcript and your university transcript.

4. Writing Sample

Upload a sample that demonstrates your ability to communicate in writing. This can be a research paper, school assignment, blog post, the Global Challenge paper you presented at a World Food Prize Youth Institute, or another example of your written work. 

5. Two References

Request two references complete the online Applicant Reference / Recommendation Form on your behalf. One reference must be a teacher who has had you as a student in class. The other reference can be a teacher, coach, employer, advisor or mentor. Neither reference can be a relative or family member. Note: You will be asked in the Intern Application Form to provide the names and contact information for your references, and The World Food Prize Foundation may contact them to verify the information submitted. 

6. Parent/Guardian Consent Form

Print, sign, scan and upload the completed this Parent / Guardian Consent Form. All applicants, regardless of age, must have a parent or legal guardian sign the form. 

A downloadable copy of the 2022 application form is available HERE for your reference as you prepare your answers and materials, but you must complete the 2022 online application form to be considered for the internship. All application materials must be uploaded together to complete and submit your application form online. 

2022 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship Online Application Here

Questions? Contact: Rebecca Picard at RPICARD@WORLDFOODPRIZE.ORG 

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