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 the program has been adapted to accommodate a virtual or in-person experience, in some cases. Interns are compensated with a stipend of $1,500 per internship period. World Food Prize Foundation accepts interns for the Spring, Summer or Fall period and is currently accepting for the Spring (January 11 - May 28, 2021).

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 mission of elevating innovation and inspiring action to increase the quality, quantity, and availability of food for all.

While a minimum commitment of 12 hours per week in the hours between 9-5 pm Monday through Friday is required, the program provides flexibility for each intern’s schedule, and many interns choose to work additional hours. While start and end dates are also flexible, a minimum commitment of four months for the Spring Internship is required. Interns are given a stipend and may be eligible for course credit. A cover letter and resume are necessary to apply; and a sample of work is necessary if applying for graphic design but welcome for other positions. Please note that individuals selected for the internship are subject to a background check.


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Application Deadlines

 SPRING SEMESTER             ROLLING        Priority Deadline.                    Nov 30


 FALL SEMESTER                    TBD


"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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