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Animal & Equine Science

Internships play an important role in building skills, industry connections and helping you to find out what it is that you are truly passionate about!

Below are the required forms and examples of current internships that are available to students.



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.

Are you a business or organization wanting to establish an internship? For more information: View the Cooperator Establishment of Internship page.

2019 Internship Packet

Weekly Report Form Sheet
Weekly Report Form  (File Type: PDF)

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.


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?
Meet with your advisor.


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 and turned in ALL the paperwork necessary for the internship, two weeks prior to the start date, 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 (internship must be approved). 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.


Who do I turn my packet into? 

The final packet will need to be submitted to Laura Bonner (Animal Science) or Tiare Santistevan (Equine Science). The packet must be handed in in person or scanned into a PDF file.

Harper Feeders Daily Operations Internship

Harper Feeders is offering a Fall internship this fall. Harper Feeders is a sheep and cattle feedlot located in Eaton, Colorado. Harper Feeders is a family-owned business started in 1977 with a small sheep lot that has expanded over the years. In 2006 a small cattle lot was added to diversify the operation. The fall season is the busiest time of year for the sheep industry in terms of the feeding sector. Over ninety percent of our inventory is brought in between September and October. This will be a fulltime commitment but can be flexible with online classes. Individuals will be asked to help with daily operations at the feedlot including, livestock handling of sheep and cattle, vaccinating, sorting, movements, feed and water management and pen maintenance, tasks will vary depending on the day. The Harper’s are seeking reliable, self-motivated individuals with good communication skills. This internship offers hourly pay and housing potential.
For more details or to apply send your resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Harper Feeders Internship Application.”




United Fresh Produce Association Internship 

Consider applying for a summer internship at the United Fresh Produce Association, the national trade association for the fresh produce industry, located three blocks from the White House. Get a glimpse into how federal food safety policy is developed, howfoodborne illness outbreaks are handled, and how science and education promote the implementation of risk-based preventive approaches by the industry. Job posting –


Kentucky Equine Management Internship

The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program is dedicated to improving the opportunities for college students wishing to pursue a career in the field of equine management. KEMI offers a comprehensive educational experience for students enrolled for academic credit through a sponsoring college or university, or for recent graduates of such institutions.

Through the internship, students integrate academic studies with practical experience, leadership and responsibility as a contributing participant on a Central Kentucky horse farm. Aside from farm commitments, students are introduced into a network of equine professionals representing multifaceted careers in the equine profession. During the first week of the course, students participate in Orientation activities as a group. After the first week, students are employed full-time by participating farms where they become familiar with the day-to-day management of horses on commercial thoroughbred farms.


National Western Stock Show Internships

Are you interested in participating in one of the BEST internship experiences you can get?  It’s all about meeting people in the industry and being involved at the National Western Stock Show!  As an Intern during Stock Show, you will put in long hours, but what you gain in experience is well worth the time and effort. All majors and years in school are welcome to apply. For a full description of the internships, please read on!


Black Leg Ranch Internship 

Black Leg Ranch is again offering an internship opportunity for the upcoming summer. The program will run from May 15th– August 15th (dependent on College schedule). Students will have the opportunity to earn college credits upon successful completion of the internship.

The ranch is a family owned operation consisting of 17,000 deeded acres. The headquarters are located 7 miles SE of McKenzie, ND, or 25 miles SE of Bismarck. We are a commercial cow/calf operation with 700 cows and graze an additional 2,000 head of cows in the summer. We also have a 250 head herd of bison on the ranch. In addition, we operate several ag related ventures on the ranch. Rolling Plains Adventures, a full-service hunting/outfitting operation, Black Leg Events, an agri-tourism operation, Black Leg Brewery, and Black Leg Ranch Meats, using our own sourced cattle and bison.

We utilize Holistic Management to operate the ranch and focus on regenerating our rangelands, cropland, and wildlife. We use no-till and cover crops to winter graze allowing us to cut feed costs and build soil health. We calve our cows in May and June and intensively manage our grazing system utilizing planned rotational grazing.

Black Leg Ranch has won many awards including the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award and the NCBA National Environmental Stewardship Award.

Black Leg Ranch Internship Application 2020 final



I am writing again to seek your help in identifying students who might be interested in an Internship at Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, KS.  Another 10-week internship opportunity will be available at our ranch in Ashland, Kansas during the fall semester of 2020 (August – November).  The deadline for applications is March 25th.  Interns will be selected based on their livestock background, academic performance, career goals, leadership potential and work ethic.  Housing will be provided and each intern will receive a $2000 stipend at the end of the internship period. If you know an undergraduate rising-junior or senior that has the potential to be a future leader in the livestock industry, please share this information with them.



Whitestone Farm Internship

Whitestone Farm is still looking for our next interns! Although we understand that many students are participating in online classes, we hope that this email can still reach them through their wonderful academic advis​ors and professors! In understanding of the social distancing restrictions, our interview process is currently via email and Skype. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Whitestone Farm LLC is committed to providing safe care to all horses and people. While we have closed the facility and its surrounding areas to the public, we are still looking to hire our next inter​ns! With apartments located ON-SITE for all interns, staying safe and getting this amazing opportunity is as easy as ever. As the uncertainty of COVID-19 continues to grow, Whitestone Farm is offering a wonderful PAID educational opportunity that CAN and SHOULD be taken advantage of!! Whether you are already a budding professional, or have NO horse experience at all, we have educational packages designed to take YOU to the next level! We have provided successful internships and job placements for hundreds of candidates. Whitestone is always looking to provide educational opportunities to help the next outstanding individual pave their way into their dream career path! Please see the attached flyer that has all of our amazing internship opportunities outlined in greater detail!

Whitestone Farm Internship Opportunity 20.20




Front Range Exceptional Equestrians Internship

Please see the attached link for a description of the internship.

If you are interested in applying please submit a copy of your resume to

Intern Front Range Exceptional Equestrians


No Where But UP Performance HorsesNo Where But UP Performance Horses Internship

No Where But UP Performance Horses is still looking to fill some summer intern positions. No Where But Up

Intern Spotlight

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Ella Weber: This summer I had the opportunity to work with Mike Fahrlander and Jan Runge at Cochetopa Horsemanship LLC. I learned a lot about equine assisted therapy but also gained experience in multiple realms of the equine industry. I learned what it means to run a facility successfully and how challenging it can be to balance a therapy program while maintaining a herd of horses. I helped train and exercise many of the program horses, improving my riding and increasing my skills. I was also able to work with an amazing dressage trainer which introduced me to new riding techniques. At Cochetopa I was able to continue the training on my young horse, condition horses on miles of trails, meet industry professionals, and expand my skillset. I was lucky enough to work with amazing individuals and groups from around the area and country, introducing them to the unique partnership horses have to offer. I can’t thank Cochetopa Therapy Horsemanship enough for this incredible learning opportunity. This internship taught me more than I could have imagined.


Tori Teegarden: This summer I had the opportunity to intern for JBS Corporate in Greeley, CO. My 10 weeks there proved to be monumentally instrumental towards my career. This summer provided a different aspect to the agricultural industry that I had never explored before. The internship program was set up in a way that so many influential and inspiring people took their time to mentor me throughout my time at the company, and I can’t thank each of them enough. I was given a project to work on and at the end of my program I had the opportunity to present it to my mentors to show how beneficial my time there was both for me and the company. JBS USA encompasses so many business sectors that interning in any department will provide valuable learning opportunities that you will carry throughout the rest of your career. I explored many different business sectors and found a passion for Food Safety and Quality Assurance which has since then driven my future career path.





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