The World Food Prize Foundation

Borlaug-Ruan International Internship Application

Applications for the 2021 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship are now open! 


Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the 2021 Borlaug-Ruan Internships will be offered as virtual, remote work internship experiences that students can complete safely and socially-distanced from their home or school. There will be no international travel component as part of the internship experience. Instead, special virtual tours and interactive cultural immersion experiences and training will be offered online. 

NEW ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Any student who has participated in a World Food Prize Youth Institute, is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and is 17-20 years old (on June 1, 2021) is eligible to apply. 

Applicants must be proficient in English to be considered for placement. Some internship placements additionally require Spanish proficiency.

TIMEFRAME: The 2021 Borlaug-Ruan International Internships are planned to take place through the months of May - August 2021. 

NEW INTERNSHIP EXPECTATIONS: 2021 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 2021 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. 


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 2021 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship: 

1. Video

Record and upload a 3-5 minute video of yourself answering 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 this online Applicant Reference / Recommendation Form by February 28, 2021 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 application form is available HERE for your reference as you prepare your answers and materials, but you must complete the online application form below to be considered for the internship. All application materials must be uploaded together to complete and submit your application form online. 



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