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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

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 including headquarters in Minnesota, Washington, D.C. and Land OLakes International Development projects in Africa.
  • Emerging Leaders present their final projects and recommendations at the end of their internship in August.

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 partnering universities nationwide

2021 College Grads

Apply Aug. 23 – Oct. 29, 2018

10+ chosen for a paid internship

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

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