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.
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.
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 O’Lakes locations including headquarters in Minnesota, Washington, D.C. and Land O’Lakes 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
Students from partnering universities nationwide
Aug. 23 – Oct. 29, 2018
for a paid internship
Emerging Leaders explore food security, travel to D.C., Africa and more!