LEARNING OUTSIDE OF CAMPUS
INTERNSHIPS & TRIPS
Animal & Equine Science
The Internship program in the Department of Animal Sciences was initiated in 1971. This voluntary experiential learning opportunity is targeted toward undergraduate students who have interest in gaining additional off-campus, hands-on experiences and/or to explore career possibilities. Up to six credit hours can be earned toward graduation requirements and 45 hours of work are required per credit. Students make all the arrangements for their Internship including finding and contacting a Cooperator. Resources are readily available to assist in this process. Prior to enrolling in the course (ANEQ 487A or ANEQ 487B), the following must be approved and completed by the Program Coordinator: Learning Agreement. Internships can be conducted any time of the year, e.g., during each semester, on weekends, during the summer, or during holiday breaks.
Understanding the steps to an internship
Step 1: Meet with an internship coordinator to learn what the requirements are for a for credit internship and discuss relevance of options or learn where to look for opportunities
Step 2: Identify a site for internship
Step 3: Work with site to complete learning agreement and sign all relevant components of internship agreements (Pages 4,5,6, 10,11)
Step 4: Discuss internship with advisor to ensure meets academic requirements (Page 8)
Step 5: Drop off completed internship packet with internship coordinator
Step 6: Internship Coordinator reviews and does an override for credit
Step 7: Student logs into RamWeb and adds course; changing number of credits to whatever was agreed on in internship packet
Step 8: Student starts internship and completes weekly reports throughout the experience which are submitted weekly to internship coordinator
Step 9: Student completes internship, at conclusion of internship does a personal evaluation, site supervisor does an evaluation and student either does a paper or presentation; all of which are submitted to internship coordinator
Step 10: Student receives a grade
Are you a business or organization wanting to establish an internship? For more information: View the Cooperator Establishment of Internship page.
Animal Science and Equine Science Internship Resources
Additional Internship Sheets
Equine Science – Internship Overview Form (File Type: PDF)
Internship Requirements for Completion
While completing an internship, the student is required to complete weekly reports in regards to their experiences and knowledge gained. The weekly reports should contain the number of the hours worked and should contain a brief outline of the activities during the week. Knowledge, experiences gained and any problems, concerns or suggestions should also be provided in the weekly report. A Weekly Form is attached for the student to use. The form should be sent to the On-Campus Supervisor each week. The student is required to write a minimum of one (1) Facebook post on the Equine Science Facebook page that is 3 to 10 sentences in length. The post(s) should be based on the student’s positive experiences during the internship. When writing the post, the student needs to write the name of the business and the type of internship it is (breeding, training, marketing, etc.). A copy of the post needs to be attached to the final paper. A final paper is required for the internship. The paper is to be given to the student’s On-Campus Supervisor. Guidelines for the paper are attached. The purpose of the report is to summarize the internship experience for the On-Campus Supervisor and for others including future students interested in a similar internship. The student is also asked to complete an evaluation of their work. The evaluation will be sent to the student by the Program Coordinator. The evaluation must be completed and then returned to the Program Coordinator by the specified date.
Animal Science and Equine Science Internship Advisors
Crocket, Beka (Animal Science Majors)
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone Number: (970) 491-3721
Santistevan, Tiare (Equine Science Majors)
Email Address: email@example.com | Phone Number: (970) 491-8504
Commonly Asked Questions
Where do I find an internship?
Students may find internships through CareerRam, the internship coordinator (Beka Crocket or Tiare Santistevan), their advisors and professors or they may find one themselves. All internships must be approved by the student’s advisor and the internship coordinator. Students may not do an internship with family and or current/past trainers.
When is a good time to do an internship?
A student may complete an internship in the fall, spring or summer semesters. It is not recommended that a student complete an internship the last semester of their senior year. The student must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. It is recommended that the student have completed appropriate course work that may benefit them during the internship (i.e. Take ANEQ344 prior to doing an internship at a breeding facility).
How many hours do I have to work?
A student must complete a minimum of forty-‐five (45) hours per semester credit they would like to receive. An Equine Science student is required to have a minimum of 2 credits of an internship for their degree program unless they study abroad. A maximum of 6 credits may be used towards graduation requirements.
How am I graded?
The program coordinator has the primary responsibility of evaluating the internship experience. Evaluation forms will be sent to the student, the On-campus Supervisor and the Cooperator. The On-Campus Supervisor will recommend the grade of either an “S” or “U.” The final grade will be based on the evaluations and the recommendation from the OCS.
What am I required to do while I am completing the internship?
The student is required to complete weekly reports and a final paper that is to be given to their On-Campus Supervisor. The student is also required to write a minimum of 1 Facebook post on the Equine Science Facebook page that is 3 to 10 sentences in length. The post should state where the internship is and something positive about the internship. 6.
Who is an On-Campus Supervisor?
The On-Campus Supervisor (OCS) can be any faculty member in Equine or Animal Science. The student is responsible for selecting the On-Campus Supervisor. The Program Coordinator cannot serve as the OCS. The faculty member should also be on campus during the term they supervise.
I have a place to do an internship, now what?
Once a student has organized an internship, they must complete the Learning Agreement form and the Internship Objectives form. Once both forms are filled out and have the appropriate signatures, the Program Coordinator will complete the override for the student to register.
I did an internship at the community college I transferred from; may I use that for CSU credit?
No, a student must complete an internship while they are a student at Colorado State University.
I worked this past summer at a farm; may I turn that into an internship?
No, a student must be registered for the internship prior to completing the internship.
Are internships paid?
Internships may be paid or unpaid. Some internships will cover room and board; some will provide a small stipend while others will just provide the experience. This is to be discussed between the student and the Cooperator.
How do I register for an internship?
Once a student has completed ALL the paperwork necessary for the internship, the Internship Coordinator will complete an override for the student to register. The Coordinator will then email the student letting them know they may register. The student must type in the number of credits they would like to receive on the variable credit course otherwise the computer will default to 1 credit.
Animal Science and Equine Science Trips
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* Note: Departmental trips do not count as a required internship.
Summer 2016: Luke Fuerniss
Location: USDA, FSIS, Office of Public Health Science, Risk Assessment and Analytics Staff
• To better understand the food safety challenges that face the red meat industry
• To learn about the procedures used to prevent illness and verify a wholesome food supply
• To evaluate pre-harvest interventions intended to prevent residue and contamination
One of my favorite parts of the internship was making connections with government and industry leaders in food safety. It was a great opportunity to learn from their expertise in food safety and their understanding of the ramifications that livestock production systems have on meat products. Additionally, I enjoyed analyzing data from pilot studies; it was intriguing for me to evaluate the most up to date trends in antimicrobial resistance profiles. Also, I really liked the opportunity to attend meetings and webinars concerning the OneHealth Initiative and the Veterinary Feed Directive. The opportunity to ask questions to the experts and initiators of industrial change gave me a new perspective.
Relevance to Education:
My internship was relevant to my education because it allowed me to connect my understanding of physiology, livestock production, and meat science to a practical setting. Additionally, I gained significant research skills.
The biggest change that I would have made to my internship was the location. Though I would not trade my experience in Washington, D.C., I found that I wouldn’t enjoy working at a government headquarters long term.
Obtaining the Internship:
Dr. Pond was very instrumental in coordinating my internship. Through conversation with him and his connections, I became enrolled in the internship program with USDA.
Advice for Others:
My advice to others looking for internships is to seek internship opportunities early in the fall and take the time to put together a quality application. A huge benefit of applying for internships is experience marketing yourself; whether you eventually are offered an internship or not, there is still immense value in the application process. The actual experience of an internship truly allows you to figure out what you like and what you don’t enjoy quite as much. Don’t be afraid to consider an internship that isn’t exactly what you have in mind as an eventual career.