Yeutter Student Scholar Award

Applications are open for the summer 2022 award, apply by November 5, 2021


The Yeutter Student Scholar Award supports a professional development opportunity for students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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 modestly-paid; this award aims to expand access to these critical career exploration and development opportunities by providing students with a monetary award to support the experience. By interning in the field, students will build knowledge of key and complex aspects of the international trade system, such as formulation of trade rules; financing, regulatory, and enforcement mechanisms; negotiation and accession processes; and dispute resolution tools.


The recipient will be granted $5,000 for an international or domestic trade internship to be put towards round-trip airfare, rent, meals, local transportation, and living expenses.

The financial award is contingent upon students seeking and obtaining placement in a major trade-related organization, approved by the Yeutter Institute, including but not limited to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Internships will take place in the summer months for a minimum of 8 weeks (usually mid-May through July or August).

If the internship obtained is paid, the Yeutter Institute will make up the difference between the amount received from the paid internship up to $7,000, with a maximum of $5,000 awarded by the Yeutter Institute. For example, if an internship pays $3,000, then the Yeutter Institute would award the student with $4,000 ($7,000-$3,000 = $4,000).


  • Must be a University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate, sophomore or above (enrolled in at least their third semester at the university and have earned at least sophomore standing in credit hours at the time of application)
  • Must have at least one semester of study left following the summer internship
  • Must hold a minimum grade point average of 3.5
  • Must be able to demonstrate a clear interest in international trade through relevant coursework and/or prior experiences

Important Note: Some organizations such as U.S. government agencies require U.S. citizenship to apply. Students should consider this when developing their search plans and preferences for the summer internship, to be submitted with their application.

Application and Selection Procedure

Students will be evaluated based on the overall strength of their written application and finalists will be invited to interview. The selection committee will look for applicants who embody “broad, creative, and global” thinking, to quote our namesake Clayton Yeutter.

The selected applicant will be notified by early November.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted via e-mail to by 11:59 p.m. November 5, 2021 with the subject "Yeutter Student Scholar Award." A complete application consists of the following:

  1. Applicant's resume 
  2. Academic standing: Applicants must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Applicants must submit an unofficial transcript to allow the selection committee to verify academic standing.
  3. Statement of purpose: Applicants should address each of the points below in their statement of purpose. The statement should not exceed 2 pages, single-spaced.
    • Describe the characteristics that qualify you for this internship award. What are your most relevant skills and achievements?
    • Describe your professional development. What motivates you and what are your professional aspirations, both medium- and long-term? What skills will you need for what kind of work?
    • Present your search plans and preferences for the summer internship. Where would you like to intern and what is your strategy for finding and securing an internship?
  4. Letter of recommendation: The letter of recommendation should be from an instructor at the university and should be submitted by the instructor via e-mail or hard copy directly to Jacy Thoman, the assistant director of the Yeutter Institute, at The letter should address the applicant’s academic performance and potential for success in a trade policy related internship.

Job search and networking

  • Interested applicants should not wait for notification of selection to begin their internship search. Some institutions’ online application systems have deadlines that must be met before the Yeutter Student Scholar Award selection process is complete. Students who want to pursue these options are urged to submit such applications on time.
  • The recipient will meet with Yeutter Institute and Career Services staff to refine the list of potential host institutions submitted with their application. The recipient will continue to implement his/her search strategy, consulting as needed with Yeutter Institute and Career Services staff and keeping these staff informed about exchanges and outcomes.

Professional development
Upon completion of the internship, the recipient is responsible for delivering the following to the Yeutter Institute:

  1. Immediately upon return, the intern will fill out a brief internship evaluation survey.
  2. By October 1 following the summer internship, the recipient will submit one written deliverable to be determined in coordination with the Yeutter Institute director. There are two options:
    • A report, approximately three pages in length, describing: 1) the policy topic(s) learned; 2) a description of his/her role in the organization and skills used during the internship; and 3) a summary of the key takeaways and professional benefits received from participating in the internship.
    • Alternatively, the recipient may choose to draft a policy brief, approximately three pages in length, assessing a trade policy issue the recipient learned about while completing the internship. The Yeutter Institute director will consider publishing the brief under the institute’s Trade Policy Conversation Starter briefing paper series. Each paper considers a current trade policy question and offers background and analysis intended to spur further discussion, inquiry, and research. The brief must follow the Yeutter Institute’s template.

Questions? Contact Jacy Thoman,

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