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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

Internship Packet

Commonly Asked Questions Sheets
Animal Science – Commonly Asked Questions (File Type: PDF)
Equine Science – Commonly Asked Questions (File Type: PDF)

Guidelines for Final Report Sheets
Animal Science – Guidelines for Final Report (File Type: PDF)
Equine Science – Guidelines for Final Report (File Type: PDF)

Weekly Report Form Sheets
Animal Science – Weekly Report Form (File Type: PDF)
Equine Science – Weekly Report Form (File Type: PDF)

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.

Internship Advisors

Animal Science and Equine Science Internship Advisors

Crocket, Beka (Animal Science Majors)
Email Address: | Phone Number: (970) 491-3721

Santistevan, Tiare (Equine Science Majors)
Email Address: | 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.

Intern Spotlight

Summer 2017
Kayla Steed

Internship: Marine Mammal Care Center Internship Program in San Pedro, CA

Purpose: The purpose of my internship was to enhance my animal rehabilitation skills through exposure of restraining, feeding and releasing wild marine mammals

Internship highlights: meeting other interns that have similar interests and saw the full rehabilitation program of a few mammals from rescue procedures to the releases back into their natural habitat – the full circle of the rehabilitation program was rewarding

Relevance to your degree: able to apply animal behavior aspects from Dr. Temples class; used boards for protection but also a way to move marine mammals around the rehabilitation center; squeeze cages helped to calm mammals and for giving vaccinations / allow veterinarian to perform on the animal; my dream goal is to become a veterinarian and take over my fathers practice, this internship helped expose me to marine veterinarian medicine and has allowed me to apply nutrient requirements to help benefit rehabilitate mammals that was learned from my animal nutrition class (ANEQ 320)

Challenges: I worked from 5:00 am to 12:00 pm during the week days so being able to be fully awake and commute to work was a little challenging; restraining sea lion pups since they were small and feisty at times – it took me a couple of times to retrain sea lions pups properly without putting anyone in danger while trying to tube feed sick mammals

I found out about the internship through local veterinarians in my hometown, Marine Mammal Care Center was only founded in 1992 when Marine Land closed in Palos Verdes, CA. There was a demand for veterinarians on staff to help keep the new business in tact. Some of the veterinarians that helped get MMCC running gave me advice to apply for the internship program.

Advice for others: College is the time to get out of your comfort zone and try new things that you had never expected to accomplish, exposure is key and internships are a great opportunity to try what you like and don’t like that will ultimately help frame your career





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