Internship and Work Experience Programs

Animal Science Mini-Internship Program

The Animal Science Mini-Internship program matches students with a community-based farm for a 3-day workplace visit over reading week. The program runs twice a year, during both fall and winter reading weeks. During this time students have the opportunity to observe, ask questions, and get their hands dirty!

Placements For Students in Food Science

Students who apply to the food science area of study will work with an organization in the food science industry.

Program Dates

Please note that the Animal Science Mini-Internship and Food Science Placement program dates and application deadline are the same.

Fall Reading Week: November 13–15, 2019

Winter Reading Week: February 19–21, 2020



The Animal Science Mini-Internship can help you:

  • Become more aware of your potential career options within the animal science industry.
  • Learn how to apply your education, training and/or experience.
  • Test a career option before making a commitment to pursue it.
  • Make useful connections to develop your professional network.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the animal science industry.


  • For students in Animal Science
    • Must be a current undergraduate student at the University of Alberta
    • Must be enrolled in, or have previously completed Animal Science (AN SC) 101 (previously Animal Science 200), or have previously participated in the mini-internship
  • For students in Food Science
    • No academic prerequisites required

Student Requirements 

Students selected into the program must:

  • Pay a $50 program fee, due only if you are successfully matched.
  • Attend the program orientation.    
  • Attend the program wrap-up: We host a wrap-up event after the program to discuss the program and encourage you to reflect on your experiences. 


Please note that the Animal Science Mini-Internship and Food Science Placement program application deadline is the same date.

Application deadline: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Apply Now


We are currently recruiting farm sites from around Alberta to host students. Each host site will welcome a minimum of 2 students for 3 days over the fall or winter reading week.

Hosting students provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Provide new professionals with the support you had (or wished you had) when you first started working.
  • Contribute to the education and development of new professionals in your field.
  • Create awareness about career opportunities in animal sciences. 

If you are interested in being a host, please contact Frank Robinson at