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About The Program

Eligibility Requirements

Interested in applying for the 2020 Global Food Challenge internship?

Apply today!

Are you a member of the class of 2022? Are you looking for the opportunity to be a part of our Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security initiative? If so, plan to apply today by learning more about the initiative below. The internship offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for six students from the Class of 2022 to gain experiences outside the classroom during a yearlong initiative. Those experiences include:

  • Paid 12-week summer internship May – August 2020; Potential information sessions for students selected will happen remotely in Spring 2020.
  • All expenses paid to Land O’Lakes headquarters, Land O’Lakes member cooperative, international location, and local site-visits
  • Exploration of real-world agricultural issues through a series of experiential learning opportunities throughout the year and a team consulting project
  • Broad exposure to agribusiness, the Land O’Lakes organization and leadership team
  • Invaluable career development and leadership opportunities
  • 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 the agricultural industry
  • Exposure to variety of careers in agriculture
  • Serving as an ambassador for agriculture and the food industry


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Expected graduation date of May 2022 or December 2022
  2. Current students from the following universities and colleges are eligible to apply: Alabama A&M University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, North Carolina A&T University, Northwestern University, Penn State University, Purdue University, The George Washington University, University of Florida, 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 12-week Summer Experience May – August 2020
  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 have the ability to participate 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

  • Work with Land O’Lakes sponsor and take responsibility for initiating three, 30-minute conversations
  • Participate in at least one campus or community speaking opportunity related to the Global Food Challenge experience during the program year – December 2020 – May 2021 (example: panel discussion, keynote speaker, club, organization, etc.)
  • Work on an intern team consulting project while at Land O’Lakes corporate office May – August 2020. This includes:
    • Developing and delivering an actionable proposal to an agricultural or food insecurity challenge
    • Adding value to Land O’Lakes by supporting the organization’s purpose: feeding human progress
    • Helping to find solutions to agricultural and food insecurity as the population grows to 9 billion+ by 2050
  • Final team presentation in August 2020 at internship presentation event
  • Potential to be offered traditional internship with Land O’Lakes, Inc., for summer 2021

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