Professional internships provide an academic opportunity to work for a period of time in an animal-related field while gaining college credit toward graduation requirements. Internship programs have developed into important learning experiences that allow students to develop professional skills, apply classroom information, and establish important contacts for potential careers. Many employers now want students with experience when they graduate, making internships even more important. Annually, a large number of ANS majors complete a professional internship with the added benefit of earning a maximum of 6 credit hours toward graduation. Most students complete their internship after reaching junior or senior class standing and find opportunities in all areas of animal science including livestock production, meat procurement and processing, extension, commodity groups, breed associations, zoological parks, entertainment facilities utilizing animals, finance, marketing, sales, research, and livestock product production. Students can choose locations throughout the U.S. or the world.

In order to take full advantage of the professional internship program, a few requirements and guidelines are to be followed to ensure a successful and rewarding experience. A grade of pass or fail will be assigned upon completion of the established requirements.

Guidelines and requirements  

Contact Dr. Jackie Jacobs, internship coordinator.


More information about internships can be pursued from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and MSU Career Network.

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