Global Affairs and Development Internships


Future leaders of international community development are being forged at The Washington Center through the Ford 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.

Created in Partnership with the Ford Motor Company

In 2008, The Washington Center received major funding from Ford Motor Company to create this unique program. Since its inception the program has hosted 72 students in Washington, D.C. -- 24 participants in the fall 2008, 2009 and 2010 semesters. Students have come from Salvador and Sao Paulo, Brazil; Chennai, India; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Johannesburg, South Africa and Hanoi, Vietnam and the United States.

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