The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

The Ford Motor Company Global Scholars Program

The 2019 application period is closed. Please check back for more information regarding the 2020 program.


A Global Academic Internship Program Future leaders from around the world 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.

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 Ford Global Scholars Program has hosted more than 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.


International students accepted through institutions outside of the U.S. will receive a scholarship that covers most of the fees associated with TWC's application, program and housing, plus a contribution toward health insurance coverage and SEVIS fee payment for the J-1 Visa.

How To Apply

Only qualified international applicants will be contacted for an interview in May 2018. The final candidates who pass the interview stage will then be asked to complete The Washington Center's comprehensive online application. International applicants do not need to complete the full TWC application until this point.


This scholarship is available to seven students attending institutions in the following international locations:

  • Brazil: Sao Paulo, Camacari, Salvador
  • China: Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Nanjing
  • India: Chennai, Sanand
  • Mexico: Cuautitlan, Hermosillo, Sonora, Chihuahua
  • Morocco: Casablanca or Rabat
  • Saudi Arabia: Riyadh
  • South Africa: Pretoria/Johannesburg
  • Turkey: Istanbul (Koc University specifically)
  • UAE: Dubai

Students should refer to minimum eligibility requirements for our Washington, D.C. General Program, but Ford Motor Company Global Scholars will be selected on a competitive basis.

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