IIAD Veterinary Student Internship

Principal Investigator(s):

All applications must be submitted to iiad@ag.tamu.edu by 5 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, is hosting an internship program for veterinary students interested in furthering their knowledge and competencies in the areas of public health, education, outreach, and extension.

Veterinary students are encouraged to apply to the program and selected interns will be matched with IIAD scientist, education, or agricultural Extension mentors for paid six-week summer internships gaining hands-on experience while working on projects related to the detection, control, and mitigation of high consequence transboundary animal diseases.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit a completed application no later than February 28, 2016
  • Be of full-time student status at the time of the internship, at an accredited US-based veterinary school
  • Maintain valid health insurance during the course of the internship

If selected for the internship, students are required to:

  • Attend a webinar orientation in April 2017
  • Be willing to relocate, if necessary, to the site of the internship for the duration of the 10-week appointment (travel costs will be partially covered)
    • Participating IIAD scientists and educators are located around the world. Internships will occur at the location of mentors’ laboratories, companies, or universities. Unless a potential intern indicates willingness and availability to travel to one of IIAD’s international collaborators, the internship will take place at the location of one of IIAD’s U.S. partners.
  • Interns that work in a laboratory must create and submit a laboratory safety plan, with the assistance of the internship mentor
  • Complete a six-week internship with an IIAD scientist or educator
  • Conduct a research or training briefing at the internship site
  • Maintain a weekly training log
  • Submit a 10-page summary report
  • Complete and submit all required forms
  • Complete an extension-related community activity that showcases their research. IIAD mentors will assist, as necessary, with developing this activity.
  • Provide a one-page peer review critique of another intern’s final presentation and one for their extension project.

View Summer 2017 application.

View printable flyer.

All applications must be submitted to iiad@ag.tamu.edu by 5 p.m. (CST) on Friday, February 28, 2017.

For more information, contact Kelly Soltysiak, Ph.D., M.S., IIAD program coordinator, at Kelly.Soltysiak@ag.tamu.edu, 979-845-2855.


Past Veterinary Student Interns

2016 Veterinary Student Interns
2016_CaseyChristine Casey

University: University of Georgia

Classification: Class of 2018

Major: Veterinary Science

Project: Disease surveillance at the wildlife-livestock interface

Mentor: Brant Schumaker, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D., associate professor, Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory

Host Institution: University of Wyoming
2016_FrancKatherine Franc

University: University of Georgia

Classification: Class of 2018

Major: Veterinary Science

Project: Develop a new animal model for Q Fever

Mentor: Angela Arenas, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, assistant professor, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (TAMU CVM) department of veterinary pathobiology

Host Institution: TAMU CVM