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Since the Global Food Challenge program was launched in 2014, 31 students have walked through the doors of Land O’Lakes as sophomores curious about what the future will hold. It’s a similar and familiar feeling we’ve all had, whether it be your first day at school or your first day on a new job.
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I drink skim milk, occasionally pay $5 for a specialty cup of coffee and am a loyal consumer of organic vanilla bean granola. Growing up in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, the only time I stepped foot on a farm was to get lost in a corn maze.
About The Program

Eligibility Requirements

Interested in applying for the 2018 – 2019 Global Food Challenge internship?

Get on the waiting list today!

Are you a member of the class of 2021? 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 up to 12 students from the Class of 2021 to gain experiences outside the classroom during a yearlong initiative. Those experiences include:

  • Stipend for working with an emerging leaders team while on campus January – May 2019
  • Paid 11-week summer internship May – August 2019
  • All expenses paid to Land O’Lakes headquarters, Land O’Lakes member cooperative, Washington, D.C., international location, and Global Food Challenge final presentation event
  • 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
  • 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
  • Exposure to variety of careers in agriculture
  • Networking opportunities
  • Media training
  • Participation in many special events between December 2018 and August 2019
  • Serving as an ambassador for agriculture and the food industry


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Expected graduation date of May 2021 or December 2021
  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 11-week Summer Experience May – August 2019.
  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

  • Participation in experiential learning opportunities December 2018 – April 2019. Examples include:
    • Food insecurity and global hunger
    • U.S. and global ag production
    • Food and ag policy
    • International development
  • Participate in monthly online discussions or tune into featured speakers on topics related to agriculture and food insecurity
  • Work with Land O’Lakes sponsor and take responsibility for initiating three, 30-minute conversations
  • Work with university ambassador and take responsibility for initiating monthly, 30-minute meetings with university ambassador
  • Participate in at least one campus or community speaking opportunity related to the Global Food Challenge experience during the program year – December 2018 – May 2019 (example: panel discussion, keynote speaker, club, organization, etc.)
  • Work on an intern team consulting project while at Land O’Lakes corporate office May – August 2019. 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 2019. Global Food Challenge presentation event
  • Potential to be offered traditional internship with Land O’Lakes, Inc., for summer 2020

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