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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.
- 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).
- Discuss internship with academic advisor in Animal Science.
- 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)
- Notify cooperator in advance when unable to report for work.
- In case of emergency, accident, or prolonged illness, report to cooperator and internship coordinator.
- Keep internship coordinator informed about the progress on internship objectives and any unresolved issues with internship or cooperator.
- 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