1. School year internships are available at the VA State Agricultural Diagnostic Lab, Harrisonburg, working with Drs. David Brown and staff. This is a one term, 2 credit course that allows you to work alongside vets and veterinary staff doing necropsies and seratological, PCR and microbiological tests to identify pathogens and other causes of death in farm animals from this vicinity. See Dr. Chris Rose or go to BIO493.htm for more information. Proposal must be written and submitted at the time of registration and there are often students in line for this, so please email me well before the start of the term of intent.
2. Summer internships available through the Summer Intern Program (SIP) of the United States Department of Agriculture. SIP provides interested students a chance to earn money while working for the U.S.D.A during the summer months and gain valuable work experience. Applications for the positions will open on www.usajobs.gov in late January and remain open until late March. Check http://www.usda.gov/da/employ/MRP2008SummerInternAnns.htm for a list of internships available and contact information.
3. For information on PreHealth summer undergraduate enrichment programs, check www.explorehealthcareers.org.
4. Tufts University offers their Adventures in Veterinary Medicine program, two sessions of which are held at Tufts in June. Adventures in Veterinary Medicine is a career-exploration program designed to provide participants with direct insights into the realities and opportunities of a career in veterinary medicine. The week-long sessions for college students include lectures, demonstrations, panel discussions, admissions advice, case studies and rotation through our hospitals. Many of the past participants have successfully gained admission to veterinary school at Tufts University and at other schools. As our program continues to attract bright, motivated students who are seriously considering a career in veterinary medicine, admission remains competitive. There is no deadline for applying, however, as each session has limited seats, it is highly recommended that applications be submitted by early February. The admissions selection process begins in February and continues on a rolling basis until the sessions are full. For more information on the program, including eligibility, tuition and the online application, visit www.tufts.edu/vet/avm or contact AVM@tufts.edu or 508-839-7962.
5. VETS Summer Camp Program at the University of Pennsylvannia. The Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania has created a summer camp program for both college and high school students (11th and 12th graders). The Veterinary Exploration Through Science (VETS) program is an exciting new experience. This is a day program of one week sessions. Two sessions have been designed specifically for college students and two sessions have been designed for high school students. The program has been created for those who are interested in the science of veterinary medicine.
Students will participate in rotations with our fourth-year vet students and experience veterinary medicine throughout our small animal hospital. Some areas the students will rotate through are Cardiology, Medicine, Dentistry, Emergency Services and Orthopedics. Special labs in Pathology, Developmental Biology and Anatomy have been created specifically for the students participating in our program, which will be taught by our renowned faculty or veterinary students. Additionally, a whole day will be devoted to our New Bolton Center, our large animal facility. Students will tour through the Marshak Dairy, Widener Hospital for Large Animals, Hoffman Reproduction Center and our state-of-the-art Swine facility. This ambitious program will also be supplemented by several lectures such as Public Health, Bovine Rumen demo, and Radiology to name a few. A student panel discussion will be held with our current vet students, which will provide participants the opportunity to learn firsthand about our veterinary school through the student perspective. Additionally, participants will interact with members of the Admissions Office who are coordinating this program. One-on-one sessions with an Admissions officer can be arranged.
If you have been interested in a career in veterinary medicine, then this program will provide you with an understanding of the challenges and rewards of this profession. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students who have a similar passion and begin forging future relationships with those who care about science and medicine for animals. See SUMMER VETS Program, call 215-898-5434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
6. The Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro offers Wildlife Rehabilitation Summer Externships: The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a hospital for native wildlife, with the mission of teaching the world to care about and to care for wildlife and the environment. Each year, an average of 2,500 patients are treated at the Wildlife Center; May to September are the busiest months of the year. Our summer externships provide students with in-depth, hands-on experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation and with the addition of the “Critter Cam”, also emphasizes the importance of educational outreach. Lasting a minimum of 8 weeks between May and September, students will learn about animal husbandry, nutrition, hand-feeding techniques for a variety of orphaned species, capture and restraint methods, wildlife laws, and release criteria. Students are trained and supervised by Professional Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitators. See Wildlife Externship for a pdf description and application form.
7. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Internships: The National Museum of Natural History in DC offers internships in each of its research departments, offices, and specialized units with emphasis on current activities of the staff. Each year more than 300 students engage in internships at NMNH with appointments varying from one month to one year. Project focus and intensity varies greatly. Positions range from short-term, part-time appointments to full-time year-long commitments. Interns are placed throughout the Museum including administration, information technologies, business ventures, and public affairs, as well within the scientific units. Students interested in placement through the general internship program are encouraged to contact the project sponsor directly using the contact information (phone and e-mail) provided in the project listing to discuss details, availability, and potential placement. For more information, go to http://www.si.edu/ofg/intern.htm. For an up-to-date listing of available projects, go to http://www.nmnh.si.edu/rtp/other_opps/internship_projects.html.
8. National Zoo internships: The National Zoo in DC offers exciting and unique internships that help participants reach a range of academic and professional goals. Internships positions are available from a variety of groups at the Zoo including: veterinary medicine, FONZ, research, and animal programs—each may have a slightly different application process. Applications may be accepted on an ongoing basis or have a deadline. For more information, go to http://nationalzoo.si.edu/UndergradInternships/default.cfm and http://nationalzoo.si.edu/undergradinternships/research/default.cfm#cb.
9. The Equine Studies Program at Middleburg: The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech offer an innovative, unique learning opportunity for undergraduate students of equine science. The program is based at Virginia Tech’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center, a 420-acre facility in the heart of Northern Virginia’s hunt country and new home to Virginia Tech’s internationally-regarded sporthorse breeding program. The Equine Studies Program at Middleburg will allow students to actively participate in all aspects of a large-scale breeding, show, sales and research facility while simultaneously engaging in a full semester of coursework. This is an immersive learning environment designed for those students who are sincere in their desire for upper-level employment in the horse industry, academia or the veterinary or biological sciences. This novel program provides substantive and authentic experiences that are truly transformative and integrate fully with traditional classroom instruction, resulting in the ultimate capstone experience. The program provides courses in Equine Reproduction and Neonatal Care (4 cr), Equine Exercise Physiology (4 cr), Equine Health and Disease (4 cr), Advanced Topics in Equine Science (2 cr), and Equine Internship (2 cr). For more information, go to http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg/index.html.