Careers and Internships
What can you do with a degree in Animal Science or Nutrition?
You can do just about anything!
When you join the Department of Animal Sciences, you not only join a Department, a College, and a University, you join a legacy—a legacy joined by thousands of other alumni. Our alumni are working in the agricultural and allied industries all over the State of Ohio, the U.S., and the world. They are working with breed and trade organizations to promote their industries, as lab technicians testing food samples for food-borne illnesses, training service canines for the physically challenged, serving as animal nutrition consultants to help producers optimize their animals’ growth and health, managing their own farm operations, discovering new genes that impact economically relevant traits or creating DNA-marker technology for optimizing selection and management, selling pharmaceutical products, or using artificial insemination and embryo transfer technologies to breed animals. Some have gone on to veterinary, medical, or pharmaceutical school and are working to provide health care services for animals and humans. There is a world of opportunity waiting for you.
Check out a sample of career opportunities within each of these fifteen areas:
|Animal Behavior and Welfare||Animal Bioscience and Technology||Animal Breeding and Genetics||Animal Physiology||Beef Cattle|
|Captive Animals||Companion Animals / Pet Industries||Dairy Cattle||Equine||Meat Science|
|Nutrition||Poultry||Sheep||Swine||Veterinary Science and Medicine|
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Internships & Experience
The Department of Animal Sciences strives to provide our undergraduates with experiences and training to develop interpersonal skills and to prepare graduates for continued personal and professional growth through life-long learning. To become leaders in their communities, all undergraduates in the Department of Animal Sciences are required to complete an internship in order to graduate.
Where Can I Find An Internship?
The Student Success Center in Plumb Hall 116 advertises hundreds of internships, color-coded based on your species or area of interest. However, this is not a comprehensive list. Please refer to the Career Resource Guide “How To Find An Internship Or Job” for additional information.
Does My Internship Need To Be Approved?
Yes! Your Internship Agreement Form and Proposal will need to be approved 10 days prior to your proposed start date in order to count your experience for academic credit.
Where Do I Find The Requirements And Paperwork Needed To Complete My Internship?
A complete list of requirements can be found on Carmen under the Special Courses tab as “Animal Sciences Internship”. You will want to thoroughly read through the information under the Content tab as you will be required to complete a quiz in order to gain access to forms that you need.
Are you completing a cool internship or animal experience? Contact the Student Success Center in Plumb Hall 116 to be featured on this webpage!
Specific Internship Opportunities
If you are interested specifically in an Equine Experience or a Dairy internship, check out the links below for more information.
Career Resource Guide
Building a Great Resume
Searching For Internships and Jobs
Job Search & Career Development Links
A web site of career development and job search information, sponsored by the National Association of College Employers (NACE).
Monster College – http://college.monster.com/careers
This site provides a self-assessment, a time management quiz, a way to calculate the cost of living for various geographic areas, and help to search for internships.
“My internship with Dr. Hogan was the best job experience I had during college. I assisted with a project that involved flaming sand bedding in a dairy cow herd to determine if the flame reduced the incidence of environmental pathogens that cause mastitis. Who wouldn’t like getting paid to play with fire?” Lindsey Raubenolt, Senior
“My summer internship with the Ohio Wildlife Center was the best work experience I had while at OSU. It was very challeneging aand I learned more than I ever expected.” Caitlin Wingfield, Senior
“So far my best internship is working for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association as the Youth Activities Intern. Although I just started there, so far it’s been a blast and I’ve met so many awesome people!” Lauren Fehlan, Junior
“I had an internship at Select Sires as a Beef Marketing Intern. It really helped open my eyes to the industry and got me valuable experience in that field. I also worked at the Ohio State beef and sheep barns for two summers. I really enjoyed this because it allowed me to stay in contact with animals and was a nice place to escape the city for a while.” Brett Kneeskern, Senior
“The internship I completed at River Downs Race Track and my job currently at Stonestreet have allowed me to grain many contacts and meet influential people in the industry.” Danielle Nichter, Senior
“Working for Ward Ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming. I spent the summer at the base of the Big Horn mountain range working with a 400 head purebred Hereford operation.” Joel M. Anderson, 2nd year DVM