The Animal Science internship program is designed to expand a student's education by including academic credit for a meaningful work experience in the bachelor of science degree program (up to 6 credits for a BS degree). The program combines periods of supervised employment and on-campus assignments. 

Other internships are available without credit and are used to build one's resume and provide real-world experience.  These particular internships also don't require coursework.  


  • Involve the animal industry in the education of future animal scientists.
  • Allow students to develop the best on-campus/off-campus educational program for their interests.
  • Aid students in making career decisions.
  • Join the efforts of students, faculty, and cooperators in understanding the needs of one another.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Contact potential cooperator to determine whether an internship possibility exists.
    • Determine if student and cooperator are interested in entering an employee-employer relationship.
    • Develop outline for internship which will contribute to the intern's educational development. Agree on the amount of time that will be spent on main activities.
    • Arrive at an agreement on terms of employment with cooperator (dates of employment, hours worked, wages and benefits).
  2. Discuss internship with academic advisor in Animal Science.
  3. Contact internship coordinator for instructions to fulfill expectations for credit in internship program. Apply for admission to the internship program through the internship coordinator. Forms (PDF) as follows:
    • Liability Statement (signed by self or parent)
    • Memorandum of Agreement (signed by cooperator)
    • Complete [Bi-Weekly Journal Entries and Bi-Weekly Reflection Entries] - Link forthcoming
    • Enroll for internship credit in AnS 399A in semester after internship (summer interns usually enroll for 3 credits for fall semester)
    • Create and present a Poster (share your experience with other undergraduate students)
    • Written Report (creative component on some aspect of internship)
  4. Notify cooperator in advance when unable to report for work.
  5. In case of emergency, accident, or prolonged illness, report to cooperator and internship coordinator.
  6. Keep internship coordinator informed about the progress on internship objectives and any unresolved issues with internship or cooperator.

Cooperator Responsibilities:

  • Provide student with the opportunity for meaningful educational experience.
  • Guide the intern's experience through regular counseling and evaluation.
  • Participate in evaluation of intern.
  • Contribute to the internship program by suggesting ideas for improvement to the internship coordinator.
  • Meet all responsibilities as outlined in the Memorandum of Agreement.

Employers interested in becoming a cooperator can send a description of employment opportunities and contact information to:

Christen Burgett, Internship Coordinator
109G Kildee Hall
Department of Animal Science, ISU
Ames, IA 50011