Student opportunities and involvement

Internship opportunities

Mini grant opportunity for research on indigenous knowledge

Penn State students are invited to submit proposals to conduct research between April 2013 and January 2014 on topics that focus on aspects of indigenous knowledge, with awards not to exceed $1,800. Awards will be funded through the M. G. Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge. If your proposal is selected, you will be required to present your research findings and/or project results at the 2014 ICIK Retreat or an approved alternative. Applicants for the Indigenous Knowledge Research Grants must be current Penn State University students.

Due date is January 1, 2013.

For more information, see

Summer Internships at the World Bank

The sponsor supports internships in Washington, D.C. for graduate students to improve their skills and experience working in an international environment. This internship typically seeks candidates in the following fields: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social science (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development, as well as other related fields. To be eligible for the Internship, candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a Master's degree or PhD with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity. Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their PhD programs. Fluency in English is required. Prior relevant work experience, computing skills, as well as knowledge of languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Chinese are advantageous. There are no set quotas for the Internship. Interns can be selected from any country which is a member of the World Bank Group, so the composition of nationalities and gender varies from year to year.

Deadline: Usually in January, annually. For more information on their January 2012 program, click here


Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship

The scholarship program assists undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing studies in sustainable agriculture. Eligible applicants are full time undergraduate and graduate students beginning or returning to an accredited 2 or 4 year college program, or graduate school in the U.S. for the current school year. Students must be focusing on classes in sustainable agriculture. International students may apply as long as they are studying at a U.S. school.

Deadline: Usually in December, annually  For more information, click here

Study abroad in Africa

The College of Agricultural Sciences will have two embedded study tour opportunities in Spring 2013 - one to Kenya (ecovillage and youth work) and one to Namibia (wildlife sciences). For more information, please contact Ketja Lingenfelter, the college's study abroad coordinator at:

The College also had two embedded study tour opportunities in Africa in Spring 2012 - Kenya, and South Africa/Mozambique.


Details on the Kenya study abroad trips (2010-2012) can be found on the eco-village blog.

To learn more about the Kenya program, click here for a video link to their project work in 2011.