What is the Global Food Challenge ?

The agriculture and food industries are growing fast, and we need passionate, innovative minds at the forefront of the movement to reimagine the global food web and to bridge urban and rural divides.

The Emerging Leaders for Food Security Program™ through the Land O'Lakes Global Food Challenge is a 12-week experiential, paid internship and leadership opportunity for college students of all majors, in the summer between their sophomore and junior year, funded by Land O'Lakes, Inc.

We're looking for big thinkers and big dreamers to help us imagine the future of food and to take up the challenge with us.


One-of-a-kind Internship Experiences

Students will travel to cooperatives in rural areas across the U.S., to the Minnesota State Capitol to connect with legislators and to the continent of Africa to learn about how nonprofits and agribusinesses are working to advance the development of agriculture across the globe.

Food security is a complex issue, which is why the Global Food Challenge internship allows students to experience agriculture across the broad system: From meeting with the farmers who produce our food, to deep dives into understanding supply chain considerations, to seeing local and international agribusinesses’ day-to-day operations firsthand, to understanding state and national policy.

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Leadership & Mentorship

Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders gain a broad exposure to agribusiness, the Land O’Lakes, Inc. organization and its leadership team.

Students will travel to multiple African countries for a two-week study of agricultural practices where they debrief and reflect on their experiences, accompanied by Land O’Lakes, Inc. employees and university representatives.

The Global Food Challenge cohort will have the opportunity to work on a business consultation capstone project with high-level visibility and hands-on mentorship at Land O’Lakes, Inc., a Fortune 500 business and farmer-owned cooperative. For their capstone experience, students present their recommendations and team projects to Land O’Lakes, Inc. executive leaders.

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"Through the Global Food Challenge, I gained broad exposure to and even more respect for agriculture. I traveled 22,000 miles with passionate, driven peers from all walks of life, witnessing the hard work, heart and honesty associated with this industry.”

- Katie Atkins, former Emerging Leader -

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