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World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internship Program Now Accepting Applications



The World Food Prize has announced the opening of the application process for the 2018 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program. High School students from across the U.S. will travel abroad this summer to gain real-world experience in STEM fields at international research centers.

The unique program, which was created by Dr. Norman Borlaug and John Ruan, Sr. in 1998, allows students to participate in projects with distinguished researchers at leading agricultural research centers around the globe. While getting a firsthand view of real and pressing food security issues and nutrition problems in poverty-stricken areas, the students spending time in the lab as well in the field conducting research and interviews and gathering data.

“Coming to China has been a lifelong dream of mine and to have lived here for two months, got hands on laboratory experience, and worked alongside some of the best and brightest is more than I could ever ask for,” said 2017 Borlaug-Ruan Intern Daniel Vogwill. “I could not have asked for a better internship to be on because while we all may walk away from this with a new love for science, the humanities, and/or agriculture, we can all agree that we are not the same people we were when we got on the plane two months ago and for that I am forever grateful.”

What: The prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship provides high school students an eight-week, hands-on experience working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers around the globe.

When: Summer 2018, but applications are open NOW! You can apply by going to our website and clicking the link to start your process:

Where: The World Food Prize has sent nearly 300 students on Borlaug-Ruan International Internships at 34 of the top agricultural research centers and institutions around the world in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, including: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkey.

Why: Through the internship program, the student becomes an integral part of her or his assigned project, spending time in the lab, time in the field conducting research and gathering data. They immerse themselves in their research to fully understand agriculture in third world countries.

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE:  The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 46 outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.

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