George Washington Carver Internship at the World Food Prize 297 views

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The World Food Prize is inviting undergraduate and graduate students interested in global issues of hunger, poverty, and development, to apply for the George Washington Carver Internship for Spring Semester 2020 or Summer Semester 2020. The Spring 2020 internship will take place from January to May 2020 and the Summer 2020 internship will take place from May to August 2020.  

George Washington Carver (GWC) Interns will learn first-hand, both the public and private sides of operating an international non-profit organization and will benefit from an increased understanding of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

Working one-on-one with a staff mentor, GWC Interns will 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 can come from a variety of academic disciplines and internship roles will be specialized according to the candidate’s background, skills, and area of interest. Applicants have to indicate their interest, in the application, in 1 or more  of the Foundation’s Program Areas of Interest:

  • Archival
  • Awards and Lectures Management
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Community Relations and Grassroots Efforts
  • Event Planning (Fall semester)
  • Graphic Design
  • Symposium Planning and Logistics
  • Youth Programming and Education.


Interns are not remunerated but may be eligible for course credit.

Interns will be based in based in Des Moines, Iowa. The Foundation is not able to support either the interns’ travel expenses to or housing logistics while in Des Moines, or visa expenses should they reside outside of the United States.


Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students with 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 should be enthusiastic and flexible learners, capable of both taking direction and working independently. Applicants should be people committed 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.

Interns have to commit to a minimum of 12 hours per week in the hours between 9 am and 5 pm, Mondays through Fridays. However, 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 3 months is required. 


Applications are to be done online by 25 October 2019 for the Spring Semester 2020 internship and by 3 March 2020 for the Summer Semester 2020 internship.

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