USA Communications Internships

The Australian Society of Animal Production and the American Society of Animal Science offer two places each year for Australian students to travel to the USA to participate in an internship in science writing and communications.

The internships are open to final-year undergraduate students enrolled in animal science or agriculture degrees, and are selected via a competitive application process.

Successful applicants receive:

  • 8-12 weeks in the USA (Illinois) working with professional staff in the American Society of Animal Science office gaining hands-on skills in science writing, communication and media skills.
  • Travel costs and assistance with accommodation, and visa application to a total of US $5,000 per student.
  • Mentorship in workplace and interpersonal skills to make you more employable.

2017 Interns

Penny Young

Hi everyone, my name is Penny Young and I have been selected as one of the interns for 2017. I recently completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Animal Health and Disease. I also completed subjects associated with immunology and virology, and studied French. Outside of university, I have been heavily involved in marathon kayaking, both competing and coaching. It is a bit of a ‘niche’ sport but I have loved the opportunities it has given me to travel and meet other people. Other than kayaking, I enjoy reading, playing piano and catching up with friends.

Ashlee McEvoy

My name is Ashlee McEvoy and I grew up on the Eyre Peninsula in a small rural town called Minnipa, where I lived for over 18 years. I went to a small area school of 60 students called Karcultaby Area School where my favourite subject was always Agriculture as we got to do animal projects. I grew up around horses, sheep, cattle and farming and moved to Adelaide to complete my degree in Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) in 2014. Here I participated in several side projects such as a summer scholarship, meat judging and led steers. I’ve now completed my degree and am looking to complete a Masters of Teaching when I return from the internship with the American Animal Science Society.

Previous interns

2016
Chloe Mitchell
Holly Webb