Internship Program

An internship is a focused, career-related, hands-on work experience designed to provide a student insight into practical application of knowledge and skills in their program of study.

The Animal Sciences & Industry Internship Program will provide a system by which students can:

1. Gain practical work experience in the field of animal science and related industries

2. Clarify educational and career goals

3. Advance ability to function in a professional manner in the workplace

4. Improve oral and written communication skills

5. Experience personal growth and enhance self-awareness

Internship Handbook

Internship Agreement Form

Academic Credit – Registration for ASI 598/599

Instructor permission (Dr. Fike) is required for enrollment for ASI 598/599. Permission to enroll will be contingent upon the following:

A. The internship involves work related to food animal, companion animal, exotic animal, and (or) wildlife production/management and (or) allied industries (ie. Nutrition, health, research, food product, etc.).

1. Equine Science Certificate - If ASI 598/599 credit is intended to count toward the

Equine Science Certificate program, then the internship should be equine-related

2. Animal Products Option- If ASI 598/599 credit is intended to count toward ASI elective credit in the ASI Animal Products curriculum option, then the internship should consist of work experiences in an animal products-related field (ie. Product development, quality assurance, research, etc.)

3. Biosciences/Biotechnology Option - If internship credit is intended to count within the Biosciences/Biotechnology block in the ASI Biosciences/Biotechnology curriculum option, then the internship should consist of work experiences in an biosciences/biotechnology-related field in which the student is learning or practicing laboratory techniques and (or) research methodology related to life sciences. In this case, enrollment will be in ASI 598 (Biosciences internship), not ASI 599.

B. The internship consists of significantly new and different expectations and responsibilities from what the student has gained in previous work or volunteer experiences.

C. The internship supervisor is not related to the student.

D. The internship work experience consists of a minimum of 160 paid work or volunteer hours.

1. 1 credit hour = 160 work hours (~ 1 month full-time)

2. 2 credit hours = 320 work hours (~ 2 months full-time)

3. 3 credit hours = 480 work hours (~ 3 months full-time)

4. Up to maximum 6 credit hours per course enrollment

E. The Internship Proposal and Internship Agreement Form have been submitted to and approved by the ASI 598/599 instructor (Dr. Fike).

For information about the program contact: Karol Fike, 241 Weber; 785-532-1104; E-mail: