Internships, both on and off-campus, afford you the chance to apply your knowledge outside of the classroom. Animal sciences students complete internships throughout the year at animal shelters/rescues, production facilities, vet clinics, zoos, and more. You can also work with a faculty member to apply internship experience to academic credit, fulfilling the experiential learning requirement.

The Department of Animal Sciences has compiled a list of internship experiences to help students discover opportunities that appeal to their interests. Please note that that students will need to contact their desired internship location directly to find out what opportunities are currently available. Application and interview processes are different for each internship, and it is the student’s responsibility to gather the criteria.

ACES Career Services can provide instruction on how to best prepare cover letters and resumes and connect ACES students with various job boards to find internships.

R&D Intern, Tyson Foods

Downers Grove, IL

An R&D intern will gain experience in product development by assisting food scientists in the development of new products and processes for beef, pork or chicken, revising current products in o

University of Illinois Poultry Research Farm

Champaign County

The student intern will gain knowledge in all aspects of poultry farm and research management which will include flock health, ordering feed, basic farm machinery maintenance, operating farm machin

University of Illinois Imported Swine Unit

Champaign County

Will involve working with all phases of production in a 120 sow farrow to finish production unit.  Intern(s) will be exposed to the following aspects of swine production: estrus detection, artifici

University of Illinois Horse Farm

Champaign County

This internship will include basic horse husbandry including handling, feeding, stall cleaning, and health maintenance.

Pupcakes Dog Training

Champaign County

Pupcakes Training offers a variety of courses for pet owners. Student interns will be allowed to observe and assist during these classes and other opportunities.

Naperville Humane Society

Naperville, IL

Internship responsibilities include assistance with implementation of the Animals and Us summer day camp for children.

Jodie Vee's

Champaign County

Jodie Vee’s Fun Dog Training classes focus on being fair, kind, and consistent in order to clearly communicate expectations to our companion animals, using humane, gentle, and positive techniques.<

Dupage County Animal Care and Control

Dupage County

DuPage County Animal Care & Control is accepting applications for Animal Care Interns to assist the animal caretaking and veterinary staff.

CARE Center

Champaign County

The CARE Center does not receive or adopt out animals; rather, our focus is on preventing relinquishment and keeping pets in their homes. The Helping Paw Fund helps East Central Illinois pet owners