ACES Global Food Security Interns Program

Through the Global Food Security Interns program, the Office of International Programs in the College of ACES funds internships for selected ACES undergraduate students to work with ACES faculty and staff on food and nutritional security-related projects.   

Read a previous student's experience here.

We are currently accepting nominations through December 31, 2022. See the Call for Nominations below:

Call for Nominations: 2023 Global Food Security Interns

The College of ACES Office of International Programs seeks to support talented and motivated ACES undergraduate students to pursue work related to food and nutritional security in low- and middle-income countries through the Global Food Security Interns program.

Program Description:

ACES students who are selected as Global Food Security Interns will receive:

  • Salary support for an approved on-campus internship for 8 to 15 weeks during Spring Semester, 2023. The selected student’s internship supervisor will receive funding to pay the Scholar $12/hour for up to 10 hours per week for a period of 8 to 15 weeks.  The internship must provide the student with experience in a program addressing food and nutrition insecurity.
  • Up to $1500 to support the costs of participating in an international travel experience of at least two weeks during the summer of 2023 that is associated with the spring semester internship. (Optional)
  • Salary support for the internship during the summer of 2023 for up to 8 weeks at $12/hour for up to 20 hours/week. The international experience (if applicable) of 2 or more weeks is to be part of the internship.
  • Selected Scholars will be required to submit a final report or blog post (with image) at the close of the program and may be asked to submit a poster that will be displayed at an event.

Eligibility:

Global Food Security Interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in the College of ACES, must plan to graduate no earlier than December 2023, and must be nominated by a faculty member in ACES who will supervise the internship and international travel experiences. 

Selection Process:

Prospective Undergraduate Global Food Security Interns must submit:

  1. A nomination from the prospective internship supervisor that describes the planned internship and travel experiences as well as the supervisor’s assessment of the applicant’s capacity to contribute to and benefit from the Global Food Security Interns Program.
  2. Academic transcript. (Unofficial is ok)
  3. Statement of purpose (2 pages) by the student explaining the interest in global food security, professional or academic goals, and initial plans for the program activities (internship, summer experience).
  4. One reference letter from a university faculty or staff member who is not the internship supervisor.

Deadline: December 31, 2022.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis up to this deadline.

Submit the application and supporting documents to: ACES-OIP@illinois.edu

The academic transcript and statement of purpose should be submitted by the student. The letter of reference and nomination should be submitted separately by the reference and the prospective supervisor, respectively.  Please enter the following in the subject line: Undergraduate GFSS_STUDENT NAME.  (eg. Undergraduate GFSS_John Doe).

Previous Awardees

2022

  • Brendon Carter, sophomore in agricultural and consumer economics, will work with Dr. Hope Michelson to research and build a database on maize policy changes in African countries
  • Riley Anderson-Bush, sophomore in animal sciences, will work with Dr. Matt Wheeler on the Tropical-Adapted Livestock Project, which involves cross-breeding bovines to create a new breed that would be able to survive in tropical conditions.   
  • Bradley Brinkley - continuation from Fall 2021
  • Devan Fischer - continuation from Fall 2021

2021 - Fall

  • Bradley Brinkley, a junior in agricultural and consumer economics, worked with the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss to research innovations and practices that reduce postharvest losses and develop a portfolio of educational content.
  • Devan Fischer, a senior in agricultural and consumer economics, worked with the Soybean Innovation Lab to support the Pan-African Soybean Variety Trials program.

2021 - Spring

  • Grace Chantos, agricultural and consumer economics, worked with Anna Snider/AgReach on the resilience of smallholder farmers in the face of COVID-19
  • Zainab Alzoubi, food sciences and human nutrition, worked with Melissa Prescott, investigating programs that address food insecurity in Pakistan. Read blog post.
  • Madison Gardner, interdisciplinary health, worked with the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss, advised by Maria Jones Read blog post. 
  • Three ACES undergraduates worked with the Soybean Innovation Lab, advised by Michelle da Fonseca Santos:
  • Makenzie Jarvis, agricultural and biological engineering Read blog post. 
  • Ian Joyce, agricultural and consumer economics Read blog post.
  • Zoe Serelis, natural resources and environmental sciences Read blog post

2020

  • Anneli Cers (sophomore in natural resources and environmental sciences) worked with Daniel Miller to study the role of women in ensuring food security in communities that depend on forests for food in India.
  • Fina Healy and Katie Koprowski (both sophomores in agricultural and biological engineering) worked with Paul Davidson on research on inhibiting bacterial growth in water.
  • Allison Place (sophomore in agricultural and biological engineering) and Rachel Pu (sophomore in crop sciences) worked with Pete Goldsmith/Soybean Innovation Lab on an aspect of soybean for development and food security. 

2019

Three ACES undergraduate students worked with the ACES-based and USAID-funded Strengthening Agriculture and Nutrition Extension activity to deliver a video-extension campaign to smallholder farmers in Malawi:

  • Christina Fernandez, senior in natural resources and environmental sciences
  • Kristen Iverson, senior in agricultural leadership and education 
  • Anoosha Memon, senior in agricultural and consumer economics  

Awards

Sponsor: International Water Association
Closing Date: 11/25/2022

The International Water Association (IWA) offers young water professionals from around the globe the possibility to participate in the UN 2023 Water Conference (USA, March 2023). IWA will provide workshops, round tables, and other activities related to the conference. IWA will provide fellowships to cover travel, subsistence, accommodation, transportation, travel insurance, and visa application fees. Applicants must be between 18 and 35 years old.

Sponsor: Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University
Closing Date: 02/23/2023

The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University sponsors the Ashton Award for Student Research to support graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on Asian tropical forest biology. Applications are accepted from advanced undergraduates and graduate students worldwide. Awards are up to US$4 thousand to support research expenses.

Fellowships

Sponsor: Social Shifters and Rathbones
Closing Date: 11/09/2022

The Social Shifters and Rathbones seek applications to the Global Climate Challenge. The program is designed to enable young people (18-30 years) to explore ideas that will help accelerate the shift to net zero emissions. The challenge looks for ideas, projects and business solutions from anywhere in the world that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Participants get free access to a digital Incubator program and compete for an award of US$10 thousand to implement their idea.

Internships

Sponsor: ACES Office of International Programs
Closing Date: 12/31/2022

The College of ACES Office of International Programs seeks to support talented and motivated ACES undergraduate students to pursue work related to food and nutritional security in low- and middle-income countries through the Global Food Security Interns program.

Program Description:

ACES students who are selected as Global Food Security Interns will receive:

  • Salary support for an approved on-campus internship for 8 to 15 weeks during Spring Semester, 2023. The selected student’s internship supervisor will receive funding to pay the Scholar up to $12/hour for up to 10 hours per week for a period of 8 to 15 weeks.  The internship must provide the student with experience in a program addressing food and nutrition insecurity.

 

  • Up to $1500 to support the costs of participating in an international travel experience of at least two weeks during the summer of 2023 that is associated with the spring semester internship.

 

  • Salary support for the internship during the summer of 2023 for up to 8 weeks at $12/hour for up to 20 hours/week. The international experience of 2 or more weeks is to be part of the internship.

 

  • Selected Scholars will be required to submit a final report or blog post (with image) at the close of the program and may be asked to submit a poster that will be displayed at an event.

 

Eligibility:

Global Food Security Interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in the College of ACES, must plan to graduate no earlier than December 2023, and must be nominated by a faculty member in ACES who will supervise the internship and international travel experiences. 

 

Selection Process:

Prospective Undergraduate Global Food Security Interns must submit:

  1. A nomination from the prospective internship supervisor that describes the planned internship and travel experiences as well as the supervisor’s assessment of the applicant’s capacity to contribute to and benefit from the Global Food Security Interns Program.
  2. Academic transcript. (Unofficial is ok)
  3. Statement of purpose (2 pages) by the student explaining the interest in global food security, professional or academic goals, and initial plans for the program activities (internship, summer experience).
  4. One reference letter from a university faculty or staff member who is not the internship supervisor.

Deadline: December 31, 2022.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis up to this deadline.

Submit the application and supporting documents to: ACES-OIP@illinois.edu

The academic transcript and statement of purpose should be submitted by the student. The letter of reference and nomination should be submitted separately by the reference and the prospective supervisor, respectively.  Please enter the following in the subject line: Undergraduate GFSS_STUDENT NAME.  (eg. Undergraduate GFSS_John Doe).

 

Other

Sponsor: NSF
Closing Date: 01/09/2023

This project supports Undergraduate Students from UIUC, Purdue, North Carolina A&T, Florida A&M, Tuskegee, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to participate in a six-week program at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines to learn about the basics of rice research and production and gain an appreciation for the challenges and rewards of international collaboration.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled at the university during the academic year after participating in PSGFS. While we are primarily targeting current sophomores and juniors (i.e. rising juniors and seniors), outstanding current freshmen will be considered. Successful applicants will have an interest in global engagement and plant science research. Under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

This program is in its second year. Read about ACES students' previous experiences in this program.