Global Student Opportunities (domestic and abroad)

Internships and on-campus employment

  • Globalink Research Internship at a Canadian University (Applications due September 21--consider this especially if you are graduating in May 2024!) The internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from the following countries and regions: Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. From May to October of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering, and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences. 
  • Brazil Research Internship at University of São Paulo ESALQ: Gain research experience with the talented faculty at our partner university University of São Paulo ESALQ while having global experience on their campus in Brazil. Can be combined with their annual summer school program or on its own, depending on student preference. Contact Brianne to be connected with a staff member there and explore further for summer or fall 2024.
  • Internships with Global Employer, Lindsay Corporation (e.g. previous position Global Product Support Specialist Internship), Lindsay is a manufacturer of pivot irrigation systems and other globally-marketed products based in Omaha, Nebraska. Pay - $20/hr. Schedule – 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri (Mondays & Fridays are remote). Internship positions for summer 2024 will be finalized and opening for applications soon. Contact Chris to apply, or join us at the Global Employer Spotlight event October 18 on East Campus. Contact Brianne to be notified of more information. 

  • International Business Development Intern, Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Openings for globally-related work, focused on direct foreign investment and export in the Lincoln office. Work with government officials, build relationships with foreign companies, help plan trade missions, and attend trade shows. Positions open for May 2023; sub-internships based at either the Japan or Germany offices possible for summer 2024. Applications being evaluated immediately, submit here
  • Promotion and International Relations internshipNebraska Corn Board & U.S. Meat Export Federation: (apply for summer 2024 starting in August and due October 2023--current opportunities to be posted soon). Currently one position associated with the Corn Board partner U.S. Meat Export Federation is available: Promotion and International Relations Internship hosted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation in Denver, CO. 
  • International Agriculture Intern, Nebraska Department of Agriculture (check back for the 2024 application period): Applications will likely open up in September and evaluated around November for a January start date for this exciting internship. 
  • USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Fellowship Program (application open now, deadline October 12, 2023) This program provides graduate fellowships to qualified individuals who will attend two-year graduate programs in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics at U.S. universities, provide two summer internships – one domestic and one overseas, offers mentoring from Foreign Service Officers, and provides professional development activities.  Fellows enter the Foreign Agricultural Service upon successful completion of the IAFP and USDA entry requirements. There is a five-year service obligation. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in USDA and those with financial need. It is open to students and alumni of all universities and with any major.  Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in U.S. engagement with the world, the program values candidates representing a wide range of backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.
  • For graduate students: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Internship (deadline for this competitive placement has passed, but check in for 2024). Gain professional experience stationed at one of  the embassies or consulates around the world in the areas of ag trade policy, analysis & market development. Positions are paid, including roundtrip travel to international post. 
  • Nebraska Sorghum Internship: Engage with local and international professionals engaged in the growing sorghum market and meet people from all over the world while you develop and hone your professional skills. Apply here
  • Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture/Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura Internships: Professional Internships: For students in their final year of post-secondary studies or professionals or recent graduates with less than 1 year of experience whose field of expertise is directly related to IICA’s spheres of action, who will be assigned to the relevant projects or units, with a view to acquiring new knowledge and skills within their professional field. Academic Internships: For post-secondary students, whose study plan requires them to engage in a professional practicum, conduct research or prepare a thesis within a specified time period, in order to enrich their professional development, while benefitting both parties. It may also involve participating in a project required by the requesting Delegation or Unit. Contact Brianne for full details on the options for these internships. 
  •  Fundación Mucho A.C./MUCHO-Museum of Chocolate, Mexico City virtual internship: (currently taking applications) This opportunity has plenty of flexiblity, can be done in English, Spanish or both, and help you develop or accentuate an array of skills, as well as allow for incredible cross-cultural exchange and interaction with Mexican peers and professionals. Contact Brianne for more information. 
  • Yeutter Student Scholar Award (Applications accepted on a rolling basis): Supports a professional development opportunity for students to gain valuable, hands-on experience and build a professional network through a summer internship in a trade-related organization. Often, these internships are unpaid or low-paid; this award aims to expand access to these critical career exploration and development opportunities by providing one or more University of Nebraska-Lincoln students with a monetary award of $5,000 to support the experience. An example of an internship this would be aimed at is interning at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Contact the Institute for more information. 

UNL Globally-Focused Learning Opportunities 

  • INTF 320 International Trade Policy & Politics

    This class will be offered in DINS 217 from 9:30 am - 10:45 am during the Fall 2023 semester and is a requirement for a new minor in International Trade. Student learning objectives include:

    • How the international trading system works 
    • Why it is under so much pressure right now 
    • How U.S. trade policy is made – and why policymakers are suddenly debating the meaning of a “free trade agreement" 
    • How to write a professional policy memo
    • What it’s like to debate a trade policy issue by role-playing during an in-class exercise simulating a Congressional committee hearing

    Please contact with any questions.

  • Traveling or doing research somewhere and don't speak the language? Can't find a course that teaches it at UNL? Contact Brianne to get connected to the Course Share program where you can enroll in peer institution's courses for no extra fee. From Korean to Yoruba and beyond, it's likely we can find you a class to join. 

Other International Opportunities

  • University of São Paulo ESALQ Summer School (Application period to open soon for summer 2024 session, usual deadline is early June) Broaden your agriculture knowledge with this two-week program focused on tropical bio-based production systems, hosted by our partner university USP ESALQ in Brazil (summer 2024 dates TBA). Program is free of charge, student only responsible for airfare, (and very economical) room and board during stay. Contact Brianne to learn more and be connected with program representatives. Can also often be combined with an onsite internship in an area of your choice. 
  • Yeutter Student Fellows Program (Current application period closed, check back for next call for 2024 cohort) An interdisciplinary professional development program that brings together students from several different majors and colleges across campus to work together around the common theme of international trade while learning to see trade issues from different perspectives. 
  • International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) Program: Spend 2, 3 or 6 months abroad in this two-way international, rural-based, cultural exchange program living with a host family as you have an authentic experience exploring one or more countries. 
  • DOBA Business School Virtual Summer School from Slovenia: (Summer 2023 session was focused on environmental communication, past years on creative cross-cultural communication) Each year, DOBA Business School  organizes a free virtual summer school connecting people from around the world. In years past, 150 students from 40 different countries have participated. Gain key professional skills, broaden your mind and network with peers from around the world!
  • Cargill Global Scholars Program: (Application period is TBA for current U.S. candidates, check your country-specific application for your deadlines. This is a recurring opportunity.). Open to college students from the U.S., Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia. Two years of scholarship money towards completing your undergraduate degree; fully funded travel and participation in two leadership development seminars; in-person networking with fellow scholars from around the world, and one-on-one mentoring from Cargill executives in the U.S. and abroad. 
  • CIMMYT Academy: Training courses and research opportunities with one of the leading corn and wheat breeding research institutions in the world (Texcoco, Mexico outside of Mexico City). Local/online opportunity: MOOC in Conservation Agriculture-based Sustainable Intensification offered by CIMMYT. For graduate students: interested in conducting data analysis in one of the top agricultural research stations in the world? Contact Brianne to learn more about working with a UNL-collaborator and alumnus located at CIMMYT. 
  • IHE Delft Online Open-Source Courses: Online courses, short courses, and free open access online courses created by our partner university focused on helping to solve the world's water crisis. Gain more expertise in an area as globally relevant as it gets, and learn/work with your peers from around the world. 
  • Eisenhower Fellowships (USA Fellowship, Zhi-Xing China Fellowship, EF Agriculture Program for producers) 

Funding Opportunities for Internationally-Relevant Research & Education

  • Free passport!  Are you a CASNR student planning to study abroad and need to apply for a passport? We fund students' passport application fees in order to reduce the costs associated with studying abroad. Apply here
  • Planning to do a CASNR Faculty-Led study abroad program? (Check back for deadlines for summer 2023 programs) Apply for funding here
  • Global Rice Leadership Award (Rolling application deadline: apply now!) Receive up to $7000 for work on any subject related to rice in the developing world. 
  • P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund (First round eligibility documents for the 2024-2025 year will open between September 15 and December 15, 2023) Female international students enrolled in or planning to enroll in graduate school in the U.S. or Canada are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity of up to $12,500. 
  • Opportunity for master's degree in Germany (application deadline for the next intake--winter semester 2024 is October 15, 2023) fully-funded Master's degree program on Environmental Governance for students from developing countries, through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
  • Eisenhower Global Scholars Program: (Application period for 2023-2024 academic year is closed, check back for next year's deadlines) One year paid to to study abroad towards master's degrees at either Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford or the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University in Madrid, plus 2-weeks of travel in Europe to meet other Fellows and an opportunity to continue with a summer internship. 
  • Ngaruiya Family Fund for Undergraduate Research: (Application deadline has passed for 2023, check back for next round). Open to undergraduate student with an international background, who has demonstrated interest in research in a STEM field. 
  • Larrick/Whitmore Graduate Student Travel Grants Program (Apply  by September 1, 2023) Funding for graduate student travel expense for those students who are personally presenting the results of their research and/or scholarly activity. 
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