The Improving Pig Survivability Team desires to help maintain pork industry leadership. One way we hope to accomplish this is facilitating opportunities for students (undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary) to gain industry experiences and develop networks with leaders in the industry.
We are currently exploring ways to help connect students to the industry as well as help the industry provide good experiences to students.
The Improving Pig Survivability Project hosts Swine Research Interns. These internships help train undergraduates and veterinary students with commercial research projects related to improving pig survivability. The interns will collaborate with our team to design and implement research protocols, collect data, and distribute results of the studies. Contact Stacie Matchan at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions related to the internship program.
The intern will work with Improving Pig Survivability Team faculty/staff and swine industry partners on an applied research project. Intern will gain experience and exposure to the swine industry via research, extension, and direct industry contact. Under supervision, the intern will be responsible for data collection for a trial related to reducing mortality in a commercial swine barn. Other responsibilities of the internship will include collaborating with faculty/staff partners to develop an experimental protocol, analyze experimental data, and write reports of project results and outcomes. If desired, the intern will contribute to an abstract and poster/presentation at a scientific conference.
1. Basic experimental design, protocol development, and implementation
2. Creation of educational materials for different audiences
3. Swine industry/commercial swine production practices
4. Networking within the swine industry
1. Strong interest in pursuing a career in the swine industry
2. Previous experience working with pigs preferred
3. Meet with collaborators 1-2 times prior to beginning of internship to make intern aware of project details and objectives, assist in writing protocol and project timeline
4. Must be a full-time undergraduate student in animal science (or related field) or a veterinary student (preferably swine or large-animal focused) in good academic standing (GPA greater than 3.0)
5. Must have a valid U.S. (or equivalent) driver's license
6. Must be physically able to work with pigs in a commercial environment on a daily basis.
7. Ability to travel throughout the duration of the internship, to various states.