Blog Update
Over the past few years, I've come to realize that being open to opportunities that come your way can often be more important than actively seeking them out. Some opportunities we would never consider or dream for ourselves can end up being exactly the best experiences for us. I learned this lesson four months ago when I received a text from a good friend of mine, “Are you interested in going to Haiti this summer?”
Blog Update
My upcoming trip to Africa had been on my mind for months. I had prepared a list of things I needed to buy, to pack, and to finish before leaving. However, when the day came to fly out, I found myself feeling as though I had never been more unprepared in my life.
About The Program

Eligibility Requirements

Interested in applying for the 2017 – 2018 Global Food Challenge program?

Get on the wait list today!


Are you a member of the class of 2020? Are you looking for the opportunity to be a part of our Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security program? If so, learn more about the program below. The fellowship offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for up to 12 students from the Class of 2020 to gain experiences outside the classroom during a yearlong fellowship program. Those experiences include:

  • Stipend for work on assignments January–May 2018
  • 11-week paid summer internship MayAugust 2018
  • All-expenses-paid trips to Land O’Lakes headquarters, Land O’Lakes member cooperative, Washington, D.C., international location, and Global Food Challenge Summit
  • Solving real-world agricultural issues through a series of “challenge” assignments throughout the year and a team project
  • Get broad exposure to agribusiness, the Land O’Lakes organization and leadership team
  • Gain invaluable career development and leadership opportunities
  • Receiving both technical and leadership training to enhance your skill-sets
  • Work with cross-functional teams to evaluate and drive performance improvements
  • Get a great introduction to Land O’Lakes’ collaborative, fun and engaging culture
  • Experience studying abroad
  • Opportunity to educate others on findings 
  • Exploration to a variety of careers in agriculture
  • Networking opportunities
  • Media training
  • Participation in a number of special events between December 2016 and August 2017
  • Serving as an ambassador for agriculture and the food industry 

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Expected graduation date of May 2020 or December 2020.
  2. Current students from the following universities and colleges are eligible to apply: Iowa State University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, The George Washington University, University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  3. GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Demonstrated involvement and leadership in campus organizations, clubs or student government included in resume.
  5. Must be available for 11-week Summer Experience May – August 2018.
  6. Must be able to obtain a passport for travel to and within international destinations (location TBD; most likely an African or Middle Eastern nation)
  7. Must be physically capable of international travel to and short-term residence within emerging and/or underdeveloped countries, possibly without access to modern amenities of daily life and exposure to extreme weather conditions. Must also be capable of participating in service work including physical labor.
  8. Must be eligible to work in the United States.
  9. Must be able to effectively communicate to groups of various sizes, ages and opinions.
  10. Must have a strong drive to work hard and be open to new learning opportunities.
  11. Must have a strong desire to work in a fast-paced industry and make a difference.
  12. Submit videos, assignments and other requested materials at deadlines.


Expectations for a Great Internship Experience

  • Assignment “challenges” December 2017 – April 2018. Examples include:
    • Idea feasibility and getting to know Land O’Lakes
    • Plan and host campus event, panel discussion or activity to educate others about food security
    • Team Hybrid Plan Development
  • Participate in monthly Skype check-ins where you will be asked to lead discussion around food security and agriculture hot topics.
  • Work with Land O’Lakes Sponsor and take responsibility for initiating three, 30-minute conversations.
  • Work with University Representative and take responsibility for initiating monthly, 30-minute meetings with University Representative.
  • Participate in at least one campus or community speaking opportunity related to the GFC experience during the program year – December 2017-May 2018 (example: Panel Discussion, Keynote Speaker, club, organization, etc.).
  • Individual project. Develop and execute a plan to implement at your college to drive the conversation and recruit applicants for the 2018-2019 Global Food Challenge internship.
  • Team project while at Land O’Lakes corporate office May – August 2018. Develop an actionable solution and recommendation to solving a problem or challenge to feed a growing population by 2050 that may include, but not limited to, research paper, social media campaign, business case, communication plans, program implementation strategy, prototypes, etc. 
  • Team presentation in August 2018. Team solution to an identified challenge directly related to food security for a growing population by 2050 developed at the Global Food Challenge Summit in August 2018.
  • Potential to be offered traditional internship with Land O’Lakes for summer 2019.


I believe no one should have to question access to such a fundamental human need. I feel food becomes less appealing knowing people in the world lack consistent access to it.

- Peyton Russell, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017