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The Ford Motor Company Global Scholars Program

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Global Affairs and Development Internships

Future leaders of international community development are preparing for their careers through The Washington Center. Ford Motor Company Global Scholars gain professional skills through an internship, take an evening course, and participate in programming that helps them build international awareness. Throughout the fall semester, they explore ways in which they can contribute to the welfare of their communities and gain tools they will need to help advance social issues in a global environment.


Ford Global Scholars center their work on advancing international development. The program also promotes the exchange of cultural knowledge and skills and provides a platform for structured conversation. In past semesters, students have focused on:


  • In-depth understanding of the accomplishments of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • Facilitating strategic global partnerships and recognizing best business practices.
  • Examining poverty, health, gender equality, access to education, the environment, sustainability, and other important issues.

Created in Partnership with the Ford Motor CompanyIn 2008, The Washington Center received major funding from Ford Motor Company to create this unique program. Since its inception the Ford Global Scholars Program has hosted over 100 students in Washington, D.C. Students have come from Sao Paulo and Salvador, Brazil; Chennai, India; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Hanoi, Vietnam and the United States.

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