Animal Science – Explore opportunities happening in Animal Science and UTIA.
Career – It is NEVER too soon to start looking, even as a freshman! Discover opportunities you may not have considered prior, learn what knowledge and experiences will make you competitive, determine if internship opportunities might be available, etc. This section contains career opportunities that have been shared with us.
Internships are a great way to build real-world experience, learn more about a certain type of career, and build your network with people in the field. Internships are one of the top experiences employers desire. Make a great impression and it may turn into a career opportunity upon graduation!
Scholarships are available from a wide variety of sources, such as the College, University, industry, nonprofit organizations, and government. A partial listing of these sources can be found in this section.
Search and Career Aids – As mentioned above, start searching for career opportunities early – even as a freshman! Discover opportunities you didn’t know existed, learn what knowledge and experiences will make you competitive, determine if internship opportunities might be available, etc. This section contains links to search engines, Hire-a-Vol, and examples of different types of careers.
As for different types of careers, the door is wide open. Consider what it takes to raise an animal – pharmaceuticals for health, food, genetics, reproduction, day-to-day care, etc. In each of those areas, you need people to fill roles in animal care, research and development, quality control, sales, marketing, management, finance, government, communications, and more. You can also integrate animal science with other areas, such as post-harvest food safety or product development or environmental concerns.
Between 2020 and 2025, we expect to see an average of 59,400 annual openings for graduates in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment. For details, read the full USDA report.
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General Rules and Regulations for 4-H Scholarships . Visit the 4-H website and look for the Scholarship tab on the Forms and Materials page.
Ag-related careers are found on major career search engines, but you can also check out those that cater to agriculture by following the links below. You can also try websites tied to specific companies or trade magazines.
AgCareers assists the employer and job-seeker community.
The AHP Internship Program is designed specifically for college students who have an interest in horses and seek a career in equine publishing. This program offers opportunities for students to work at equine publications and businesses throughout the country and the opportunity for AHP members to utilize the talents of students with an interest in equine publishing. For colleges and universities, it’s a great way to provide students with the resume-building experience that’s so critical to today’s job market.
The Angus Foundation is honored to be able to award academic scholarships for students using registered Angus bulls in their family’s commercial cattle operation. Visit the Angus Foundation to see what is available.
Use a “matchmaker” to help identify opportunities in the animal feed industry that you are interested in. One group is Continental Search http://www.consearch.com
At Continental Search we combine the science of recruiting and the art of matchmaking. We support animal feed companies and their suppliers in the United States and Canada. Whether you’re involved in feeding poultry or pigs for an integrated operation or work with a commercial feed company or a feed additives or ingredients company, we’d like to get to know you.
Each year the Appaloosa Youth Foundation awards thousands of dollars to youth who are pursuing higher education.
A resource for types of job opportunities and networking in the BIOSCIENCE world of feeding, healing, and fueling the world.
Check out more on their website: bio.org
TIP: Getting research experience within a faculty member’s lab would be a great way to build experience!
The Professional Animal Retirement Center (PARC) Inc., known locally as “Black Pine Animal Sanctuary” in Albion, Indiana, provides refuge to nearly 100 displaced, captive-raised exotic animals for the REST of their lives. Residents include big cats, bears, monkeys, reptiles, parrots, and more. Tours and other educational programs are offered year-round.
Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) markets the Certified Angus Beef brand — Angus beef at its best. A position with us provides challenge, responsibility, career options, and rewards.
Christensen Farms responsibly provides wholesome, safe, nutritious food to nearly 15 million people around the world.
We are one of the largest family-owned pork producers in the United States with a reputation for industry leadership, a commitment to ethical practices, and a team of passionate people invested in bringing high-quality pork to family tables.
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is a teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education, and conservation medicine.
The Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 through the Live Cattle Futures Contract of the CME Group. The National Cattlemen’s Foundation and CME Group are committed to the future of the cattle industry and continue to recognize and support outstanding youth in the beef community. The tradition remains strong today, as each year a total of ten $1,500 scholarships are awarded to students pursuing careers in the beef industry.
Fields of study may include: education, communications, production, research, or any other area involved with the beef industry. The purpose of this program is to identify and encourage talented and thoughtful students who will emerge as industry leaders.
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Guide for College and University Scholarships and Grants
Link to Education Corner Website
Dairy Farmers of America is one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the nation and has multiple opportunities in terms of scholarships, internships, and careers.
Learn about career and internship opportunities at their website. https://www.dfamilk.com/careers/students-and-graduates
The CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory offers a unique Equine Breeding Farm Internship Program. The program provides advanced training in equine breeding farm procedures and management for individuals with a sincere desire to pursue a career in the equine breeding industry. Applicants should have completed a BS in equine sciences, animal sciences, or related discipline. This is a one-year, non-degree program.
The UTIA Farm Credit Scholars Program was established in 2012 by Farm Credit Mid-America (FCMA) through the Herbert College of Agriculture with the goal of enhancing the learning experience of students and preparing them for careers as leaders in agriculture.
Once on website, click on Careers. The majority of positions require BS with research experience, MS, or PhD.
Godolphin Flying Start, formerly Darley Flying Start, is a unique management and leadership training program that specializes in the international thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.
An education charity that provides twelve scholarships annually to people who want to study and experience the global thoroughbred industry at the highest level.
The Herbert Scholars Program, established by UT alumni James and Judi Herbert, provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 for five to eight Herbert College of Agriculture undergraduates during the summer term to engage in experiential learning opportunities for ten weeks.
Participants will have the ability to fully engage in hands-on summer experiences without the burden of personal financial obligations. Herbert Scholars will use these opportunities to lay a strong foundation for future success as leaders in the agricultural and natural resources industry.
Center for Career Development
Connecting Students and Employers
This site lists scholarships available to youth majoring agriculture or with a dairy background.
The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program is dedicated to improving the opportunities for college students wishing to pursue an interest in the field of equine management.
Kentucky Equine Research is an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation company serving horse owners and the feed industry. The company’s goals are to advance the industry’s knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology, apply that knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses, and support the nutritional care of all horses throughout their life.
KESMARC Kentucky is the finest and most complete equine therapy center in the world. From Breeder’s Cup winners to Grand Prix level horses, we have provided care to the top equine athletes in every discipline for more than twenty years. Horses sidelined by injury, surgery, or those simply in need of a break can come back to athletic form through our program of controlled exercise. We work with your veterinarian to put together rehabilitation programs for each equine athlete.
The only freestanding grief counseling center in the state of Tennessee. It is a nonprofit focused on equine-assisted grief counseling located in Maryville, Tennessee.
Volunteers needed. Link to Website
Miner Institute’s Mission: Research, Education, Demonstration
Explore the many educational opportunities in research, summer experiences, and programs at their website.
Murphy Family Ventures, MFV, is genuinely a family company that opened for business in December 2004. As a management company, MFV provides a wide array of support services to businesses owned by the Murphy family and others. Through the years since its inception, the business has expanded to provide management and support services to a diverse group well beyond the heritage of agriculture.
At the core of the company’s success is its vision of being committed as a responsible employer and an active member of the community. Murphy Family Ventures’ focus is to provide value-driven and diverse growth, founded on a heritage of loyalty, integrity, efficiency, work ethic, and family-centered values.
The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDPRB), through Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), annually awards up to eleven $2,500 scholarships to eligible undergraduate students (sophomore through senior) enrolled in college/university programs that emphasize dairy. Majors include: communications/public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science, and agricultural education. In addition, the NDPRB awards a $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship to the outstanding scholarship recipient.
Internships offer students real-life opportunities working within the dairy industry. Recognizing this, National Dairy Shrine has established an internship posting for its members to share internship opportunities with dairy youth. Check out the available internships offered by industry leaders around the country!
The National Pork Producers Council, representing forty-two affiliated state associations, works to ensure that the US pork industry remains a consistent and responsible supplier of high-quality pork to domestic and international markets.
The Summer Research Experiences (SRE/REU) at NIMBioS provide undergrads in math, biology, and related fields the opportunity to conduct research in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers, and collaborators on projects at the interface of math and biology. During this eight-week summer program, participants live on the UT Knoxville campus and work in collaborative teams on a variety of biological research projects using mathematical methods. The topics change each year and cover a range of life science areas including disease and health, evolution, ecology, molecular biology, and more. Students receive a stipend, apartment-style housing, travel support to Knoxville, and more.
SRE/REU participants have gone on to do amazing things, from publishing their research in academic journals, to winning competitions with their research, to pursuing doctoral studies at the interface of math and biology.
Noble Research Institute
One semester or one summer…that’s all it takes to become a member of a team, impact the agriculture industry, and set a course that can change your life.
The National Poultry and Food Distributors Association Scholarship Foundation has given almost $260,000 to rising leaders in the forty years it has been operating. Every year since 1979, NPFDA has awarded a select group of deserving students with a scholarship to help them complete their college education.
The OneUSDA Internship Program offers federal opportunities to students currently enrolled in qualifying educational programs or institutions. It is a comprehensive developmental program intended to provide students with experience in a dynamic work environment that will enhance their educational goals and help shape their career choices. An internship with USDA will involve various components of on-the-job experience, mentorship, and training tailored to the student’s education, experience, and interests.
To ensure the robust supply of scientists and engineers to meet the DoD’s future science and technology needs, the ORISE program places individuals from the academic community (students, recent graduates, and faculty) in DoD research projects. Whether you are interested in applying to the program, are a current participant, or are a DoD employee sponsoring or mentoring participants, our site has valuable information for you. We invite you to learn more about our programs by selecting the category that best describes you.
Oxbow Animal Health offers scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in the pet industry (especially small mammals such as rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, etc.) or the field of animal health and nutrition. Use this same link to check out available career opportunities.
Link to the Academic Scholarships page
The PDPW Enhanced Internship Program offers a platform and resource for collegiate-level students to partner with an active dairy farmer for an educational, hands-on, on-farm professional experience.
Peaceful Pastures all-natural, humanely raised meats
Looking for students enrolled in pre-vet, general agricultural, or animal science programs that want to expand their exposure to the world of equine veterinary medicine.
A full service equine clinic offering ambulatory and hospital care. Visit their website to explore intern, extern and shadow programs.
Summer opportunity to work show cattle for the summer.
Link to Website
As part of RFF’s commitment to research excellence, RFF promotes research and policy analysis on environmental and natural resource issues by supporting work at colleges, universities, and other institutions around the world and by connecting researchers to RFF to help formulate new lines of inquiry.
Select Sires Inc. is a federation of nine farmer-owned-and-controlled cooperatives. It provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying livestock breeders with America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Visit the Careers section to find jobs and internships.
Looking for good people who are willing to work hard so that others will enjoy their horseback riding experiences in Colorado. There are several seasonal positions they hire for, including openings for wranglers and cooks. We hire for several stable locations each summer, and sometimes have year-round positions available. If you have any questions please contact us.
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The Chronicle of the Horse offers an editorial internship for people interested in horses and journalism. Our internship gives interns a real feel for publishing. The job description varies little from the actual duties of the editorial staff. We work with the intern, offering personal attention and a level of responsibility fitted to the individual. Successful candidates arrive at the Chronicle ready to hit the ground running thanks to strong writing skills, familiarity with our products, and in-depth sport horse knowledge.
Currently the largest pork producer in Tennessee and the thirtieth largest pork producer in the United States.
Visit Tosh Farms to find available positions
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During the next five years, US college graduates will find good employment opportunities if they have expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment. Between 2015 and 2020, we expect to see 57,900 average annual openings for graduates with bachelor’s or higher degrees in those areas.
According to our projections, almost half of the opportunities will be in management and business. Another 27 percent will be in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Jobs in sustainable food and biomaterials production will make up 15 percent, while 12 percent of the openings will be in education, communication, and governmental services.
TIP: Build your skills through internships, research, and extra writing and speaking opportunities.
See FULL REPORT @ USDA Ag Career Opportunities
Bioscience, Industry, Management, Sales, Communication, Education
UT AgResearch is the state’s flagship research institution for agricultural science and natural resources. As a land-grant university, the University of Tennessee is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university welcomes and honors people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity. The university intends that its graduates will promote the values and institutions of representative democracy and be prepared to lead lives of personal integrity and civic responsibility.
First stop for all things career-related. Provide career counseling, career exploration classes, interest and personality assessments, and resources to help you choose a major and career. If you seek employment, they can help you identify part-time jobs, internships, and full-time positions through our HIRE-A-VOL system. If you haven’t already, register with HIRE-A-VOL and gain access to job postings as well as updates about workshops, job fairs, and employer visits.
The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is honoring the successful career of the late W.D. Farr of Greeley, Colorado, through two annual $15,000 graduate scholarships bearing his name.
As a Disney College Program participant, you’ll become part of the magic that is known worldwide. Gain valuable, on-the-job experience working in our parks and resorts, participate in college coursework, and have the opportunity to meet and live with people from all over the country and potentially the world in company-sponsored housing. This truly unique five- to seven-month program allows participants to network with leaders, take part in personal and career development classes, and build transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, guest service, and effective communication.
Zoo Knoxville offers programs for undergraduates that provide practical experience for students interested in working in a zoological facility, encompassing the fields of animal care, research, and conservation.
Click to learn more about Zoo Knoxville Internship Opportunities