Borlaug - Thomson Internship


Location: Cresco, Iowa
Selection: One Award

For an undergraduate student with their primary major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing at the time of application. Must be enrolled during the spring semester prior to the internship and the fall semester following the internship.

Description: In support of the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation (NBHF) and the historic Borlaug Farms the intern will be engaged in promoting the legacy of Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug.  The intern may be involved in public education and curriculum development, communications, landscape design/management and other related tasks. The intern will devote approximately 70% of their time to the NBHF. Further information on the Foundation is available at: The intern is required to represent the NBHF at the Howard County Fair. The intern will also assist the Howard County - ISU Extension office with various tasks including preparation for the Howard County Fair and preparations for the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest. The intern will devote approximately 30% of their time to serving the ISU Extension office. The intern is expected to live in or near the town of Cresco during the 10 week internship. The intern is expected to complete a report within one month of the completion of the internship. The intern is also expected to participate in the INSPIRE DAY at the Borlaug Farm in September.

Duration: 10 weeks during the summer. By March 1 the intern will select the dates of the summer internship and communicate them to all parties in Cresco and ISU.

Value: Total value of the Borlaug-Thomson Internship is potentially more than $8,000, making it one of the most prestigious awards offered to undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The award/internship is calculated as follows:
-$ 4,800 based on working for $12/hr x 8 hours/day x 5 days/week x 10 weeks
-$ 3,000 scholarship applied to ISU tuition (half in spring semester, half in fall semester)
-up to $1,000 reimbursed for actual housing costs in Cresco.

How to apply: Submit your application through Iowa State's OneApp scholarship portal at

Your application should include your letter of interest, resume and names of three references, and be addressed to:

Carmen Bain, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Innovation

20A Curtiss Hall

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa 50011-1050  USA

(515) 294-9895

Deadline: January 11, 2021. A decision will be communicated to all applicants by January 25.

Note:  Past recipients are not eligible to apply.

Sponsor: This program was developed and initially sponsored by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the ISU Agricultural Endowment (ISUAE). The ISUAE was founded in 1937 to help Iowa farm families survive and thrive. Throughout its history, the ISUAE has worked to keep families on the farm and to ensure the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences plays an important role in supporting the agriculture industry in Iowa. In 2010, the program was supported by four different donors. The program is now supported by generous benefactors from Cresco, Iowa: The Thomson family, and the Kramer family.

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