The World Food Prize Foundation

Borlaug-Ruan International Internship Application

The application for the 2020 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship will open on August 1st, 2019. 

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 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.

DEADLINE: 11:59PM PST December 15, 2019

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 11:59PM PST on December 15. The deadline for references to return the form is December 28. Application materials need not be submitted all at once. However, ALL materials must be uploaded in PDF format.

A checklist of all of the application materials is available for download here.


1. Student Information Form

Complete the Student Information form here

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. It is highly recommended that you submit your references early to allow for ample time for your references to complete the form. The due date for references to return their forms is December 28.

Upload your references here

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

Upload your cover letter here

4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Upload your resume or curriculum vitae here

5. Unofficial School Transcript

Upload your school transcript here

*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 2020 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 December 15, 2019.

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 2020 and have a least one blank visa page.

Upload your photo page or invoice here

7. Parent/Guardian Consent Form

If the individual applying for the program is not yet 21 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign the consent form.

The parent/guardian consent form can be accessed here

Upload your parent/guardian consent form here


For more information:

Crystal Harris
Director, International Internships & Career Development
The World Food Prize Foundation
Email: charris@worldfoodprize.org

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