• Welcome to the Animal and Food Sciences Department’s Internship and Job Posting website.

    Internships and animal related jobs are a wonderful way to gain experience into the animal and agricultural industries and we applaud your decision to become involved outside of UK academics.

    Please note that the postings below are outside of the University’s control and you should research each opportunity carefully. Look into the credibility, reliability, and stability of each opportunity and always be aware of issues pertaining to your personal safety. When in doubt seek a different opportunity.

    We wish for you a safe, educational, and fun experience!

  • Internships & Job Opportunities
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    Meat Industry Internship Opportunties

    Employer: American Association of Meat Processors

    Position Type: Internship

    Location: variable locations variable locations


    American Association of Meat Processor’s Internship Program provides opportunities for students and for recent graduates to gain additional knowledge and experience in the meat industry. Both internship and full-time job opportunities are available at local businesses across the country.

    Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

    Internship Benefits:
    • Exposure to another side of the meat industry
    • Connect with small businesses and the local food movement
    • Gain experience in every facet of the meat industry
    • Hands on experience with: slaughter, fabrication, further
    processing, product development, HACCP and food safety
    systems, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, USDA-FSIS
    regulations, marketing and retail sales
    • Opportunities available for 2019

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    If interested, please contact Nelson Gaydos, Outreach Specialist at nelson@aamp.com, or 717-367-1168.

    Beef Cattle Herd Health Associate

    Employer: Rocky Fork Feeders and Horse Arena, LLC

    Position Type: Job Posting

    Deadline to Apply: July 15, 2018

    Location: Shelbyville Kentucky


    Rocky Fork Feeders is a progressive 2500 head stocker/backgrounder operation located in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  Designed to emphasize both cattle and worker comfort, all cattle and working facilities are housed under-roof.  Weaned calves are brought to the facility for approximately 90 days before being sold for finishing.  Modern methods of cattle feeding, health and housing are utilized in this unique operation.

    Rocky Fork is seeking to employ a responsible, self-motivated young person with interest and experience in the cattle industry to oversee daily herd health throughout the facility.  Job responsibilities will include herd health management such as:

    • Checking pens on a regular and thorough basis
    • Identifying and pulling sick calves for treatment
    • Administering vaccinations and antibiotics as needed
    • Cleaning and sanitizing vaccination equipment
    • Other general management responsibilities as necessary


    Qualifications include:

    • College course work in animal sciences
    • Ability to handle livestock with confidence and patience
    • Experience and awareness of accepted safe cattle handling procedures
    • Self-motivated and able to work with minimum supervision
    • Enjoy working outdoors in all seasons
    • Ability to work in a physically demanding job including standing, walking, bending, climbing, reaching and some lifting
    • Previous experience working with cattle preferred
    • Valid driver’s license required


    Beginning salary range:  $30,000 – $40,000, commensurate with experience.   Off-farm housing provided until on-farm housing becomes available within approximately 6 months.


    Contact Mike McIntosh, 502-220-0869


    Graduate Student Research Assistantship Position

    Employer: Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at Mississippi State University

    Position Type: Job Posting

    Location: Starkville Mississippi


    A research assistantship position is available in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at
    Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS) for a self-motivated student seeking a Master’s
    degree beginning in Fall 2018. The successful applicant will conduct research on the interplay
    between nutrient efficiency in dairy cows and the microbiome. Greater global food demand will
    increase consumption of dairy products as they provide essential nutrients in a highly digestible
    form. However, novel strategies that allow dairy producers to increase milk production under
    economic, environmental, and social sustainable practices need to be developed. The rumen microbes allow cows to harvest nutrients from both fibrous and non-fibrous feeds; thus, playing a critical role on the nutritional status and well-being of the host. Enhanced knowledge of rumen microbiome and its association with production responses may lead to novel strategies to increase the efficiency of milk production. The successful applicant will gain experience in digestibility
    trials, molecular techniques, next generation sequencing, and bioinformatic tools. In addition, the
    successful applicant will have the opportunity to assist with undergraduate training and present
    research findings at regional and national meetings.

    The assistantship includes a $14,000 annual stipend and full tuition remission (including
    out-of-state tuition waiver) for 2 years.

    Desirable candidates should have a B.S. degree in Dairy Science, Animal Science, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, or related fields. Candidates should also have an excellent academic record (minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, GRE scores will be required at the time of application to the
    Graduate School program) and farm animal training. Molecular laboratory or computational
    experiences are preferred.

    Initial application material includes a statement of purpose, Curriculum Vitae, and contact
    information of three references.

    Email application to Dr. Henry Paz at: hpaz@ads.msstate.edu

    Coldstream Dairy Farm -Student Position

    Employer: UK Coldstream Dairy

    Position Type: Job Posting

    Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2018

    Location: Lexington Kentucky


    The UK Coldstream Dairy is hiring students to work over the summer at the dairy.  This would be a great opportunity for students to obtain some dairy and large animal experience.  They can work part-time or up to 40 hours per week.

    Student responsibilities would include milking, helping feed, taking care of the calves, vaccinating animals, and overall upkeep of the dairy. 

    Please contact Matt Collins, Assistant Dairy Manager by email jmco273@uky.edu.

Do you have a job, internship or other opportunity you would like posted?  

Please email Colette.Tebeau@uky.edu. Be sure to include the job title, employer name, job location, application deadline and job description. Also please include how to apply and a url to your company's website.

Other Job boards and internship opportunties

If you don't see an opportunity that appeals to you on our website, check out some of these other organizations for additional prospects:

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

United States Department of Agriculture

USDA - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension

Kentucky Farm Bureau

National Cattlemen's Association

Certified Angus Beef

National Pork Board

National Swine Registry


Seaboard Foods

Hoard's Dairyman

American Sheep Industry

Southern States






William H Miner Agricultural Research Institute


American Horse Publications

American Quarter Horse Association

American Paint Horse Association

Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Inc.

Kentucky Horse Council

Colorado State University Equine Breeding Farm Internship

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Kentucky Equine Managment Internship

Virginia Tech M.A.R.E Center Undergraduate Summer Internships

Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Audubon Nature Institute

Monterey Bay Aquarium


Agriculture careers search

AG Careers

Yard and Groom

Federal Jobs