Posted: September 19, 2019

The application period is open for the Land O'Lakes Global Food Challenge and closes on October 10th. The Global Food Challenge – a program for Emerging Leaders with an interest in food security. How it works:

  • 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.
  • Emerging Leaders are matched 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.

Penn State senior Izaiah Bokunewicz (Plant Sciences) participated in the program in 2017. To learn more about his experiences and the application process, email Izaiah at or contact the Office for Undergraduate Education.