USDA, World Food Prize expand internship program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the World Food Prize Foundation have signed an agreement to expand opportunities for college students by enhancing the Wallace-Carver Internship program.

The agreement, signed Tuesday in Des Moines by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, allows up to 120 students to apply for the internship program each year. Last year program selected 16 interns.

Students participating in World Food Prize youth programs may apply for internships with the USDA. Those chosen as interns participate in a weeklong orientation at the USDA headquarters in Washington. Interns then will work at various USDA agencies and offices around the country.

Interns receive an individual development plan, a mentor, and training.