The World Food Prize Foundation

Borlaug-Ruan International Internship Application

Applications for the 2021 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship will open soon! 

We are currently working with our partners to create a hybrid approach to our 2021 Internship programs, combining virtual, remote work and travel opportunities. Please check back to this page later to learn more about the 2021 Borlaug-Ruan Internship and how to apply!

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 the 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 only need to attend the Global Youth Institute once and 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. 


SELECTION: Participants in the internship program are chosen through a competitive, multi-state screening and interview process. Intern selection is based on:

  1. Background and interests of the student applicants.
  2. Number of research centers available to host interns.
  3. Project needs of participating research centers.

REQUIREMENTS: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all of the below items are submitted in order to be eligible for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship. All items must be submitted electronically.

All of the materials must be submitted by TBA. The deadline for references to return the form is TBA. ALL materials must be uploaded in PDF format.

Below is an outline of the application. A paper copy of the application is available for download here
however, all applications must be completed via the online application form (below).
All components of the application are required to be submitted at the same time.


1. Student Information

2 .Two References

Please provide the name, title, company, and email address for two references. One reference must be a teacher. The other reference can be a teacher, coach or mentor. Neither reference can be a relative or family member. The due date for references to return their forms is TBA. The World Food Prize will email the reference form to the applicant's listed references.

3. Cover Letter

The cover letter should include the following:

a)  An explanation as to why you would like to participate in the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program.

b)  Why you would be a good candidate.

c)  If there is a particular country/region and research area of interest

4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

5. Unofficial School Transcript

Applicants who are currently in their freshman year of college should submit their high school transcript.

6. Copy of Passport

a)  For student applicants who are U.S. Citizens: Please submit a clear photocopy of the signature and photo page of the student applicant's U.S. passport, which must be valid through December 2021 and have a least one blank visa page;  OR submit an invoice verifying that the applicant's U.S. passport application has officially been submitted to the U.S. Department of State prior to TBA. If selected for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, the student must have their passport by orientation. 

b)  For student applicants who are foreign nationals residing permanently in the U.S: Please submit photocopies of the signature and photo page of the student applicant's foreign passport and U.S. permanent resident card, both of which must be valid through December 2021 and have a least one blank visa page.

7. Parent/Guardian Consent Form

All applicants, regardless of age, must have a parent or legal guardian sign the consent form.

The parent/guardian consent form can be accessed here


Questions? Contact:

Ellen Franzenburg
Director, Secretariat Operations
The World Food Prize Foundation
100 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

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