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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?”
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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

How it Works

Global Food Challenge - Emerging Leaders for Food Security™

Food security is when people everywhere have enough safe, nutritious food to eat every day. It’s a basic human right. But it’s not a reality. And with 9 billion of us by 2050, feeding the world just won’t be possible unless we all work together today.

The Global Food Challenge – Emerging Leaders for Food Security is one of the ways we’re taking on global hunger and the challenge of feeding 9 billion people – together with a group of exceptional and passionate college students.


Here’s how the program works:

  • Every year, students from a variety of educational backgrounds at partner universities* submit a one-minute video application to Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  • Land O’Lakes will select 10 or more exceptional college sophomores to be Emerging Leaders for Food Security.
  • We match Emerging Leaders with a professor or academic mentor to explore critical food security issues and agricultural challenges through the school year as students complete challenge assignments.
  • Emerging Leaders receive a stipend and an 11-week paid summer internship to work with industry experts at Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  • To learn about hunger, agriculture and sustainability, students travel to key Land OLakes locations, Washington, D.C., and rural African communities.
  • Emerging Leaders then present final projects at the close of the internship year.

I hope to take quantitative steps toward increasing food security throughout the world and spread the word about the importance of agriculture and its role in feeding the world.

- Audrey Sebastian, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017

Who? Students from 6 partnering universities*

2020 College Grads

Apply Aug. 24 – Oct. 30, 2017

10+ chosen for a paid internship

Emerging Leaders explore food security, travel to D.C., Africa and more!

*The 2016-2017 six partner universities are Iowa State University, George Washington University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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