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Virginia Tech Summer Sporthorse Breeding Internship Virginia Tech Summer Sporthorse Breeding InternshipVirginia Tech Summer Sporthorse Breeding Internship

Location:  Middleburg, Virginia

The Virginia Tech Summer Sporthorse Breeding Internship is a unique program that delivers targeted instruction and development of practical and scientific skills to help prepare undergraduate students for careers in the horse industry, academia or the biological sciences.

The internship will allow students to actively participate in all aspects of a large-scale research facility, outreach center and commercial horse operation. This is an immersive learning environment for those students who are sincere in their desire to secure employment in the horse industry and/or pursue post-baccalaureate education in veterinary or graduate school. This novel program provides substantive and authentic experiences which are truly transformative, resulting in the ultimate capstone experience.

As an intern, students will:
  • Participate in daily horse care and management.
  • Participate in foaling and breeding work.
  • Prepare and exhibit young stock bred by Virginia Tech in USDF Sporthorse Breeding and/or USEA Future Event Horse classes.
  • Develop skills in handling and training young horses.
  • Travel to regional breeding farms, veterinary and research centers, and equine events.
  • Develop proficiency in breeding stock selection, conformation and gait evaluation, and pedigree analysis through classroom sessions, projects and review of scientific literature.
  • Cultivate instructional, outreach and leadership skills by assisting with summer educational programs and events hosted at the farm.
  • Assist faculty and graduate students with ongoing research projects.
Furthermore, interns will collaborate with faculty, staff, graduate students and fellow interns to complete daily tasks, educational events and research projects, thus developing essential organizational and communication skills. Finished interns will have a greater appreciation of and proficiency in skills necessary to work on larger equine operations. Interns will have a greater understanding of the scientific method, including experimental design and implementation, and will be able to demonstrate improvement in their critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, collaboration and independent learning skills.

This internship is appropriate for students entering their junior or senior year in the fall semester following the internship. The internship is open to current undergraduate students at Virginia Tech or any other institution in the United States or Canada. The internship generally runs from early- to mid-May through mid-August. Current students may receive college credit if desired. Housing is provided.

Interested students should complete the application form on their website (see below):

Dr. Rebecca Splan, Associate Professor
Virginia Tech MARE Center
5527 Sullivans Mill Road
Middleburg, VA  20117

Phone:  540-687-3521 ext. 27

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