The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

The Ford Motor Company Global Scholars Program

Application Deadline

The 2015 application period is closed. Please check back for more information regarding the 2016 program.


Global Affairs and Development Internships

Future leaders of international community development are being forged at The Washington Center through the Ford Motor Company Global Scholars Program. Combining an international awareness with practical resources, skills, mentorships and training, this program explores ways in which the participants can contribute to the welfare of their communities.

Ford Global Scholars center their work on advancing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The program includes study focused on:

  • In-depth understanding of the MDGs.
  • Facilitating strategic global partnerships.
  • Promoting the best business practices to advance the MDGs.
  • Examining poverty, health, gender equality, access to education, the environment, sustainability, and other important issues.

The program also promotes the exchange of cultural knowledge and skills and provides a platform for structured conversation.

The Ford Global Scholars will analyze the mechanisms needed to continue advances on the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), learn how to facilitate strategic global partnerships, and promote best business practices to advance these MDGs. The issues they will examine include poverty, health, gender equality, access to education, the environment, and sustainability. The program also promotes the exchange of cultural knowledge and skills and provides a platform for structured conversation.

The 15-week program integrates a full-time internship placement with course instruction on international community development. It is complemented by various programming, including panel discussions, site visits, informational interviews, workshops, simulations, and more. These opportunities prepare young leaders to make complex public policy decisions necessary to advance social issues in a global environment.

Through the Ford Global Scholars Program, students will:

  • Think critically about the role of the U.N., its achievements and challenges.
  • Analyze the evolving history and areas of progress since the creation of the Millennium Declaration in 2000.
  • Describe the major areas of concern still pending to be solved.
  • Discuss the role and impact that private and public organizations can have in solving some of the most pressing issues.
  • List several specific solutions that communities around the world can implement in order to help the public and the private sectors in alleviating some of the problems that are jeopardizing sustainable development.
  • Explain how solving some of the pending issues can contribute to achieve sustainable development, a cleaner environment and better trade relationships and practices around the world.
  • Assess how economic growth in developing countries can impact successful resolution of the most profound social challenges and raise living standards of its citizens.
  • Speak coherently about how cross-cultural collaboration can be improved around the world.
  • Demonstrate the influence that the media and politics have on advancing best practices to achieve the goals.
  • Present practical situations and recommendations for meeting the MDGs by 2015.
  • Practice proper protocol, understand procedures, and become comfortable with skills such as negotiation, caucusing, and speech making.
  • Maintain constructive discussions, as they examine and resolve problems based on existing plans and identify where plans need to be refined.
  • Effectively execute plans of action, decisions, and deal with crisis situations.


U.S. students accepted into this program will receive a $3,000 scholarship to help offset the cost of participation in TWC.

International students accepted through institutions outside of the U.S. will receive a scholarship that covers most of the fees associated with TWC's application, program and housing, plus a contribution toward health insurance coverage and SEVIS fee payment for the J-1 Visa.

How To Apply

U.S. students who are interested in the Ford Motor Company Global Scholars Program should complete the online application. Until final decisions are made with regard to the Ford Global Scholars Program, we will accept students into their second-choice program (International Affairs, Business and Global Trade, etc.).

International students who are interested in this program should complete the downloadable Ford application.

Application components include the following, all of which must be provided in English:

  • Application form (online for U.S. students and hard copy for international)
  • One-page resume
  • 100-word Statement of Professional Interest (describing the kind of internship that the student is interested in pursuing)
  • 500-word essay (on one of the eight UN Millennium Goals and how the student is planning to make a contribution in the field of the discussed topic in his or her home nation)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one of which must be provided by a faculty member)
  • Official transcript
  • Approval of campus liaison or sponsor (U.S. only)
  • TOEFL score of 80 or higher (equivalent to 550 on the paper-based scale) (international students only)
  • A phone interview with TWC staff


This program is available 8 students attending institutions in the following international locations:

  • Chennai, India
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Sao Paulo and Salvador, Brazil
  • Sao Paulo and Salvador, Brazil
  • Johannesburg, South Africa

Additionally, 10 U.S. students will be selected. Preference will be given to applicants coming from or attending a college or university in one of the following areas:

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Washington, DC.
  • Miami, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Lexington, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Detroit, MI
  • Billings, MT
  • Portland, OR
  • Puerto Rico
  • Nashville, TN
  • Dallas, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Seattle, WA

Students should refer to minimum eligibility requirements for our Washington, D.C. General Program, but Ford Motor Company Global Scholars will be selected on a competitive basis.

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