How Undergraduate Internships for Academic Credit Work

UMass Career Services recommends the websites listed here

How to Find Internships Workshop, every Monday@ 12:30pm in 508 Goodell.

Any student wishing to get academic credit for a spring semester internship needs to find a faculty sponsor and add their placement details to the UMass Amherst CareerConnect system by ADD/DROP Feb. 1. There are no longer paper contracts.  To list your internship, log into the system at:

Login with your SPIRE Net ID & pw.  Go under your Profile/ Internship/Co-op tab/Add New

In addition to CareerConnect, Career Services recommends you use other on-campus resources such as:

1. Financial Aid Student Job Board for work study, non-work study jobs (on & off campus) as well as internship leads at:

2. Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies (OURS), 10th floor of Library has opportunities for many majors (early deadlines) 
3. Academic department announcements/events, Career Services events and faculty and advisor leads.

4. Use national websites for summer jobs and internships, see attached.

5. Engineering Career Center and Isenberg’s Chase Career Center resources.

UMass Career Services offers resume review service Mon-Fri, 1-4pm in Goodell and Wed nights from 5-7 pm in SORC, no appointments necessary.

Equine Breeding Internship at First Flight Farm in Boerne, TX

Breeding intern for the 2020 breeding/foaling season. Position would start in January 2020. The internship would be a live-in position with accommodations provided and a small stipend for expenses. Click here to read the full job description.

Riverbend Animal Hospital, Hadley, Massachusetts

Riverbend Animal Hospital (rt. 9 Hadley) offers opportunities for interns to assist in the surgery department. Duties would include assisting surgery technicians with various procedures, putting up medications, cleaning and wrapping instruments, autoclaving, and laundry. Riverbend is a busy general-medicine practice with a referral-surgery service. Anticipated hours would be 2-5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  This internship is available for the summer as well as the coming academic year.  Riverbend is conveniently located in Hadley on a PVTA bus route.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please contact Sam Clark, CVT, Riverbend Animal Hospital, 43 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035, 413-587-3737

Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship

U.S. citizen college students can make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS). VSFS harnesses the expertise and digital excellence of U.S. citizen students to move the work of their government forward on multiple fronts. Since 2009, thousands of VSFS eInterns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government around the world – from dorm rooms to libraries and coffee shops, to wherever the students happen to be. This year, there are more government agencies than ever participating.

U.S. students can apply to their top three VSFS projects from July 2-22 on

The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge has Jobs and Internships

Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida is offering internship opportunities.

Peterson & Smith are looking for students enrolled in pre-vet, general agricultural or equine science programs that want to expand their exposure to the world of equine veterinary medicine.  We concentrate on the areas of:  surgery, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, theriogenology, emergency medical/surgical care, sports medicine, general medicine, and herd health. We offer placements in our referral hospital (surgery/ medicine/ sports medicine), at our equine reproduction center, and in our ambulatory department. Details of the proposed placements are attached.  The program will run during the spring semester (approximately mid-January through May) and the summer semester (mid-May through mid-July); with application deadlines of October 1st and March 1st respectively. Please note that the application process is very competitive. We accept twice as many interns in the spring as we do for the summer. Therefore, chances for acceptance are much higher for the spring applicants.

UMass Equine Summer Practicum

Shadow Equine Veterinarian Dr. Carlos Gradil at the UMass Equine Reproduction Clinic for 2 weeks during the May 15, 2018 - July 15, 2018 time period.

The goal of the practicum (AnSci 298 Practicum, 1 credit) is to provide participants with current knowledge of assisted reproduction in the modern equine industry. We will discuss principles and mechanisms of normal and abnormal aspects of equine reproduction and current approaches to reproductive care and management. Content includes: functional anatomy, reproductive life cycles and terminology, discussion of breeding management, common causes of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies i.e., ultrasound, semen processing etc.

Students must make arrangements with Dr. Gradil for the specific 2 week time period that they would like to participate in the internship and complete a Practicum Contract (found at with Dr. Gradil. The signed contract must be submitted at Career Services, 511 Goodell Building to register.

NIH Summer Internship Program

The Summer Internship Program provides internships to outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences to work on a research project that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field. Participants are selected by scientific mentors from the NIEHS Division of Intramural Research.  This video explains how to apply for an NIH summer internship.

Scientific Summer Scholars Program at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.

Our highly competitive Scientific Summer Scholars Program (June - August) provides research training opportunities for top-tier students to gain research experience, enhance their preparation in applying to top graduate and professional programs, and expose them to NIBR's approaches to patient-driven research. Scholars work on their own project with the guidance of a NIBR scientist. NIBR's research covers many disease, science, and technology areas that allow us to closely match your specific interests with one of our labs.

As a Scholar, you will work on your own project with the guidance of a NIBR scientist as well as participate in professional development and social activities:

  • Research project: designing and executing experiments; analyzing your own data, learning new experimental techniques, and building your understanding of scientific concepts
  • Scientific development: learning about drug discovery projects from experts; showcasing your results to the broader NIBR community; evaluating scientific articles in a fun and interactive setting
  • Professional development: engaging in graduate/professional school preparations; cultivating your network with fellow scholars and NIBR scientific leaders; gaining insight into how our community channeled their scientific interests into various career objectives
  • Social activities: fostering collegial interactions during a scavenger hunt at a local museum, welcome and farewell events, and NIBR-wide ice cream socials

CeCe Brotchie-Fine, a VASCI alumna and Manager of Animal Welfare Compliance and IACUC Chair & Animal Welfare Officer at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc. is inviting VASCI students who would like to know more about how interning at a Pharma company can be of use in their future plans to contact her via email.

CeCe Brotchie-Fine, MA, CPIA, Manager, Animal Welfare Compliance, IACUC Chair & Animal Welfare Officer
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.
700 Main Street, 421W, Cambridge, MA 02139  USA
Phone: +1 617 871 5064; Cell: +1 617 834 4784
Email: candice.brotchie-fine [at]; Web:

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Internship Challenge offers paid internships that allow our students to gain invaluable experience with biotechnology companies.

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, is hosting a summer internship opportunities.

Undergraduate Student Internship:
For details or to apply,…/iiad-undergraduate-internship-prog…/…

Applications are now available and are due by 5 p.m. CST on February 23, 2018. For more information about the internships, contact Kelly Soltysiak, Ph.D., M.S., IIAD program coordinator, at Kelly.Soltysiak [at] or 979-845-2855.

Undergraduates majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or agricultural education

Veterinary Student Internship:
For details or to apply,…/undergraduate/iiad-veterinary-stud…/…
Veterinary students of any year or classification and undergraduate students with junior and senior classifications are encouraged to apply to the program. Selected interns will be matched with IIAD scientist, education, or agricultural Extension mentors for paid six-week summer internships gaining hands-on experience while working on projects related to the detection, control, and mitigation of high consequence transboundary animal diseases.


Veterinary Assistant/ Student positions - The Hampshire Veterinary Clinic is looking for students who are interested in gaining on the job training working 3 to 8 hours per week assisting the veterinarians. This is a paid position, hours are flexible.  Please call the clinic 549-5800 for additional information.  Hampshire Veterinary Clinic, 260 Snell Street, Amherst, MA .

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is offering an Equine Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices will spend one year living, working, and training at the UMass Hadley Farm with the herd of Bay State Morgans and Hanoverians UM. The apprenticeship includes all areas of equine management, breeding, and training providing a valuable opportunity for students who have graduated from an equine–related associate or bachelor’s degree program to further their industry skills and gain valuable work experience.

The National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Opportunities exist in almost every state as well as Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Internships take place during the summer and all Sites provide stipends, housing and meals, in addition to travel to and from the Site.

Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is offering a Summer Undergrad Volunteer Opportunity in their Wildlife Clinic.

The Worcester Animal Rescue League is looking for student interns who are willing to learn every aspect of animal shelter work including: veterinary care, general animal care, and administrative tasks.

The American Society of Animal Science Foundation offers a Summer Internship Program that provides experience for undergraduate or graduate students in legislative, regulatory, or administrative science policy activities in Washington, DC that affect animal science and animal agriculture. Application deadline: Monday, October 30, 2015.

Dow AgroSciences LLC offers an extensive and exciting laboratory-based Research & Development Summer Intern Program located at their global headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.  This is a paid internship; salaries are adjusted according to the student’s year in school and subsidized housing is available for qualified students. Applications will be accepted between August 1 and November 1, 2015 for the 2016 program.

The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program is dedicated to improving the opportunities for college students wishing to pursue a career in the field of equine management.  The KEMI program opens the door to the Thoroughbred industry for highly motivated students with a strong work ethic and sincere interest in horses.  KEMI offers a comprehensive educational experience for students enrolled for academic credit through a sponsoring college or university, or for recent graduates of such institutions. Through the 22 week internship, students integrate academic studies with practical experience, leadership and responsibility as a contributing participant on a Central Kentucky horse farm. During the first week of the course, students participate in Orientation activities as a group and are introduced into a network of equine professionals representing multifaceted careers in the equine profession.  After the first week, students are employed full-time by participating farms where they become familiar with the day-to-day management of horses on commercial thoroughbred farms. Together, the employment and classroom components increase the potential for successful employment following completion of the course.

The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, New York is offering a Research Technician position and an Internship in Agricultural Research.

New England Aquarium offers internships.

Mystic Aquarium offers internships.

BioSpace posts career opportunities.

Saul T. Wilson, Jr. Internship

As a Saul T. Wilson, Jr., intern, you will experience the real-world situations facing Federal regulatory veterinarians every day. Working in the field, you may:
•     Assist with veterinary technician duties;
•     Observe and/or conduct testing and identification activities to support disease management programs for livestock such as cattle, swine, and cervids;
•     Contact owners to schedule animal disease testing;
•     Attach animal identification tags and help with recordkeeping;
•     Draw blood samples for laboratory testing;
•     Brand animals that react to certain tests;
•     Help supervise disinfection and cleaning at affected sites.
Working in one of our animal health laboratories, you may:
•     Conduct routine tests,
•     Log in test samples,
•     Track test results,
•     Prepare specimens.
In an office setting, you may assist our disease programs with:
•     Information gathering and data  collection;
•     Data verification, tracking, coding, and entry;
•     Document review and literature searches;
•     Statistical, quantitative, or qualitative analysis;
•     Producing preliminary analytical reports.

Daniel E. Salmon Internship

The Daniel E. Salmon internship provides students:
1) Up to $5,000 per year for undergraduate studies and up to $10,000 for graduate studies for tuition and fees associated with your course of study.
2) Paid employment during summer and school breaks as a Student Trainee, participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System and theThrift Savings Plan (401K), and paid vacation and sick leave. Based on the length of the work periods, compensation may also include health insurance benefits.
3) The possibility of conversion, without further competition, to a permanent appointment with APHIS upon successful completion of Pathways Program, with required degree, training, and other work requirements.

After completing all of the mandatory requirements for the program, the student must become a full-time agency employee for at least 1 calendar year (12 months) for each school year (2 semesters, 3 quarters, or the equivalent) that the student was covered by the internship. If the student intern does not accept an APHIS employment offer, he or she must reimburse APHIS for all financial assistance received under the Salmon internship program. If the intern fails to serve the entire length of the mandatory APHIS employment period, he or she must reimburse the agency a prorated share of the funds awarded.