Find Internships in the Beef Industry

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There are many internship options available for those wishing to gain experience in the beef cattle industry. Students majoring in animal science, beef production, and other closely related agricultural fields may benefit greatly from completion of industry internships.

Internship Opportunities

The IX Ranch offers internships on their 120,000-acre cow-calf operation in Montana. Internships are offered year-round in 3-month sessions. Spring interns (March to May) focus on calving, summer interns (June to August) focus on forage preparation, fall interns (September to November) focus on weaning and shipping, and winter interns (December to February) prepare the pregnant cows for calving. Horseback riding, roping, and various health management duties may be required.

Gardiner Angus Ranch offers 10-week spring and fall internships at their facility in Kansas. Juniors or seniors majoring in agricultural fields are encouraged to apply. Spring interns are involved with artificial insemination, pregnancy exams, and sales preparation. Fall interns are involved with calving, moving cattle from summer pastures, and sales preparation. Compensation includes a $2,000 stipend and housing.

Select Sires offers both summer internships and veterinary internships each year at its headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. The summer internship has two options: corporate communications (designing the yearly breeding calendar, newsletters, and press releases) or beef sire marketing (photography, videography, marketing projects, and traveling extensively). The veterinary internship is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Vet interns assist with reproductive work, exams, herd health, and more. The summer internships last for 12 weeks, and the veterinary internships for at least 4 weeks. Both are paid opportunities.

The American Angus Association (AAA) offers a variety of internships in areas such as journalism, communications, marketing, and public relations. Most opportunities are for college juniors and seniors majoring in agricultural journalism, animal science, or related fields.

The Lone Creek Cattle Company offers several paid internship opportunities in areas such as beef sales, ranch management, and calving. Positions are located in Nebraska. Interns are compensated with a stipend, housing, and utilities. Duties vary by position but may include hands-on cattle work or marketing and sales of beef products.

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association offers several different internships in areas such as industrial relations, public relations, member services, youth activities, and beef improvement. Spring semester internships run from January to April, 20 hours per week, and interns receive a $1,000 scholarship. The summer public relations internship is full time, May to August, and the intern receives a $2,000 scholarship. College credit is also available.

Cargill offers a wide range of internship opportunities in several states through its searchable website database. Options include cattle feeder internships, beef procurement internships, and ruminant sales internships. Candidates should be a sophomore or junior college students majoring in an agriculture-related field.

Paint Rock Canyon Enterprises offers internships year-round on its commercial Wyoming ranch property. Interns must make at least a 3-month commitment and are welcome to stay on for extended periods. Duties for interns may include calving, vaccinating, moving cattle, hay production, fencing, and various ranch maintenance tasks. Compensation is provided in the form of housing and a stipend.

The American Hereford Association (AHA) offers a summer junior activities internship for college students at its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. The internship is a paid opportunity that runs from mid-May to mid-August. Interns assist with the planning of the Junior National Hereford Expo, writing press releases, taking photos, and other duties as assigned. Frequent travel and weekend hours are to be expected. Applications are due in mid-February.

Other Ideas

Those hoping to find a career in the beef industry may also find valuable opportunities on our other related internship pages: dairy internships, animal nutrition internships, pre-veterinary internships, and animal behavior internships. Working with a bovine veterinarian also provides an excellent hands-on experience that is a big plus on a student’s resume.

Students can also check with college professors, agricultural extension agents, farm cooperatives, and beef breeders to see what internship programs might be available in their local area.