Internships for Veterinary Students
Internships for veterinary students are open to CURRENT veterinary students who will have completed their first year before the Summer, second year students, and third year students at a College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This is not for students who are about to graduate.
This internships opportunity provides experience that is directly related to the student's educational program and career goals. We have developed this program to provide students with a valuable career-related work experience in our public health agency.
Students will work directly under the supervision of a Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) acquiring knowledge of what PHV's do throughout the Agency. Students will learn what our in-plant PHV's do to ensure the meat and poultry products that reach the consuming public are safe, wholesome and correctly labeled. Students will spend time with several PHV's in the Agency to gain an understanding of the variety of roles PHV's have in our public health regulatory agency.
At a minimum, students will be asked to be available and commit to 6 weeks of full-time employment during the summer. It doesn't matter when the student starts, it just depends on the student's schedule. Students may also work during subsequent school breaks prior to graduation.
We have PHV's in various locations throughout the country to serve as mentors. In order to match students with mentors, students will be asked during the application process where geographically they are interested in working. The student's duty station* will be determined based on their geographical interests and the availability of a mentor in, or close to, that location.
If the duty station for which the student is selected requires the student to relocate from their current school location, FSIS WILL BE responsible for locating and paying for summer housing and travel costs incurred (domestic travel within the United States) in getting the student to their duty station and back to their school location at the end of their employment period. FSIS WILL NOT be responsible for finding housing that allows a student to bring pets.
*Duty station - the geographic location (city and state) where the student will spend the majority of their time this summer; it will serve as the student's "hub".