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Experimental Research Units Internship Program

Overview

Important work is done at our experimental research units and this program offers undergraduate students a way to tap into the knowledge of our unit managers and gain hands-on experience on the ins and outs of the unit you'll be working at.  We have several campus locations for you to apply to:

Location Contact Email Address Description
Beef Cattle/Sheep Farm Miles Redden mdredden@illinois.edu The Beef and Sheep Field Laboratory will offer two internships; Feedlot Management or Cow/calf Management. Over the course of these internships students will be actively involved in the day to day tasks associated with maintaining a functional farm including, herd health and treatment, feeding and nutrition, facility maintenance, etc. Students will be assigned tasks and training to familiarize and involve them in management decisions, data collection, and long term planning within their respective areas.
Dairy Farm  Henry Hoene hhoene@illinois.edu Will cover all aspects of the dairy farm. Nutrition and feeding, health and reproduction, and management. Interns will focus on certain areas of interest as well as receive exposure to all areas of the farm.
Horse Farm Molly Baldes baldes2@illinois.edu This internship will include basic horse husbandry including handling, feeding, stall cleaning, and health maintenance. Light custodial and maintenance work at our facility will be included as well. Depending on the time of year, interns will assist with either yearling sale preparation or stallion collection and post-foaling breeding and ultrasounds.
Imported Swine Research Farm Glenn Bressner gbressn@illinois.edu 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, artificial insemination, boar collection, processing of piglets just to name a few.  Student(s) will also be exposed to understanding the nutritional requirements of pigs at different stages of development.  They will be able to gain experience in areas such as bio-security and sanitation of the unit and animal transport vehicles and will get a small understanding of how some specialized swine research projects are managed and conducted.
Meat Sciences Lab Ben Peterson bcpeters@illinois.edu You will learn the process of how muscle turns into meat. Be able to fabricate carcasses into further cuts like steaks and chops. Learn how to make further processed products like sausage and bacon. Be able to learn proper sanitation procedures. Be able to interact with customers during sales and learn how to price meat.
Poultry Farm Jacob Schrock

schrck2@illinois.edu​

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 machinery such as a skid steer, filling fertile egg orders, planning/setting up for trials, basic chores such as collecting eggs and keeping the farm tidy, and performing necropsies for ovarian cancer studies.
Swine Research Center Farm Glenn Bressner gbressne@illinois.edu Will involve working with all phases of production in a 220 sow farrow to finish unit. Intern(s) will get exposed to the following aspects of swine production: estrus detection, artificial insemination, boar collection, processing of piglets just to name a few. Student(s) will also be exposed to understanding the nutritional requirements of pigs at different stages of development as well as gain experience in areas such as bio-security and sanitation of the unit. The will also be able experience how some specialized swine research projects are managed and conducted.

Internships are limited at each Animal Sciences research unit.  Students are encouraged to contact unit managers to ask questions and discuss internship opportunities at their respective unit.

Each student is required to work at least 12 hours per week.  10 of those hours will be used toward gaining academic credit.  The additional 2 hours will be paid.  Any additional hours beyond the 12 hours required will need to be scheduled with the unit supervisor for whom the student is working.

Eligibility

  • Sophomore or higher
  • Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Illinois
  • Priority will be given to Animal Sciences majors
  • In good academic standing at the time of registration for the desired internship course.

Academic Credit

Students enrolled in the program are required to register for three (3) credit hours of ANSC 398 (for a letter grade).  Students may not earn more than ten (10) ANSC 398 credits of internship during their academic career.

Employment

Students will need to sign up for employment through the Animal Sciences Business Office.  More information about this process will be provided to students once they are accepted into the program.

Application

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 term.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 11th at 11:59 pm.  You must submit your application through the online application form.  No paper copies will be accepted.

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Expectations

While on the job the student intern is regarded as a regular student employee of the unit and responsible for complying with all regulations, safety procedures and legal requirements established by the unit.  Interns are expected to act in a professional manner and respectful of other staff members.  Conduct that is unethical or undesirable exhibited by the intern while employed may result in dismissal from the program.

Interns are required to work 12 hours per week during the semester, and paid for every hour over 10 hours in a week. Interns must assume the responsibility of informing the their supervisor, or ANSCadvising@illinois.edu, of any problems or difficulties that develop during the internship.

Evaluation

Student interns are required to complete:

  • A bi-weekly journal
  • Take a final exam during finals week or make a presentation to a group of departmental faculty/supervisor/staff members outlining their experience on the internship.

More specific details of what's required of each student will be provided once a student accepts an internship position.

Standard letter grades will be assigned for each student.