When I received an offer to intern with Land O’Lakes, Inc., I had to stop and do a double take. For a guy who has grown up in the beef world, the idea of a “dairy thing” was a little out of my comfort zone to say the least. I accepted the offer because the program sounded great, but I was unsure of what all of my beef friends would think of me when I accepted a position to intern with “the butter people.” Growing up I had become accustomed to making jokes about dairy cows compared to beef cattle, and in my part of the world the dairy people were the “weird” ones.
When I share with people that I interned with Land O’Lakes this summer, their first comment is always “Oh yeah, the butter company!” While we are “the butter company,” that butter company is one that is a farmer-owned cooperative, which is something I have always found unique.
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 six exceptional college sophomores to be Emerging Leaders for Food Security.
We match Emerging Leaders with a Land O’Lakes mentor and a project team to work on a project for a Land O’Lakes business unit.
Emerging Leaders receive a 12-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, member cooperatives locations, and Land O’Lakes International Development projects in Africa.
Emerging Leaders present their final projects 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. 20 – Oct. 10, 2018
6 chosen for a paid internship
Emerging Leaders explore food security, agricultual challenges, Africa and more!