Virginia Tech Summer Sporthorse Breeding Internship
Location: Middleburg, 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.
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:
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.
- 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.
proficiency in breeding stock selection, conformation and gait
evaluation, and pedigree analysis through classroom sessions, projects
and review of scientific literature.
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.
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
Internship information: http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg/undergrad-education/internship/
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