The World Food Prize Foundation

George Washington Carver Internship



The World Food Prize Foundation's George Washington Carver Internship is an unparalleled professional opportunity for students interested in global issues of hunger, poverty, and development. 

George Washington Carver (GWC) Interns learn first-hand both the public and private side of operating an international non-profit organization and increase their understanding of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

Working one-on-one with a staff mentor, GWC Interns become an integral part of this internationally renowned organization and interact with World Food Prize Laureates, government officials, international experts in science and agriculture, leaders in industry and business, and members of local and national media. GWC Interns come from a variety of academic disciplines and internship roles will be specialized according to an individual’s background, skills, and area of interest.

This internship is based in Des Moines, Iowa, and is unpaid. Because of this, the Foundation is not able to support either an Interns' travel to or housing logistics while in Des Moines, or a visa should they reside outside of the United States.

Each academic semester and summer, a select group of highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students is chosen for this unique program, which provides interns with the opportunity to take significant responsibility and initiative in planning and carrying out a wide range of the Foundation’s projects in the following areas:​​​​  


Successful candidates have: a strong academic background, a solid work ethic, a capacity for analytical thinking, impeccable attention to detail and excellent oral and written communication skills. They are enthusiastic and flexible learners, capable of both taking direction and working independently. All selected interns share a commitment to fulfilling The World Food Prize Foundation’s purpose of inspiring and recognizing contributions to human development through increasing the quality, quantity, and availability of food in the world.

While a minimum commitment of 12 hours per week in the hours between 9-5pm Monday through Friday is required, the program provides flexibility for each intern’s schedule, and some interns choose to work full time. While start and end dates are also flexible, a minimum commitment of three months is required. Interns are unpaid but may be eligible for course credit. A cover letter, resume, and sample of work (if applying for graphic design) are necessary to apply. Please note that individuals selected for the internship are subject to a background check.


Emails of inquiry can be directed to Nicole Barreca at

Application Deadlines

 SPRING SEMESTER              Rolling

 SUMMER SEMESTER            March 3

 FALL SEMESTER                    Rolling


"Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible." 

– George Washington Carver

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