Blog Update
When the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders and their university mentors arrive in Arusha, Tanzania–the first leg on a 10-day visit to Africa–they’ll meet Malcolm Hatley. Malcolm is the director of Operations for the Public-Private Partnership for Artificial Insemination Delivery (PAID) program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by Land O’Lakes International Development.
Blog Update
On my first Monday morning commute, I experienced an odd mix of emotions when the Land O’Lakes, Inc. headquarters office came into view. My feet were restless as the ability to create change grew more palpable, stimulating excitement painted my smile wide and, although partially due to the promise of a free breakfast, unrelenting nerves made my stomach churn. The first day of an incredibly unique internship experience was finally here.
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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