Students Showcase Value of Internships

By Maggie Jennett

Internships are valuable experiences that help students develop skills and build portfolios. One animal science class helps students share those experiences through a poster session. In November, 39 students shared their experiences at the Second Annual Internship Poster Fair held in Kildee Hall on the campus of Iowa State University.

Mary Szynalski, interned with Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center, last summer. Szynalski assisted Philip Matthews, head veterinarian at the center.

The internship helped Szynalski realize exactly what she wants to do in the equine industry, which is to become a head manager of a facility working with stallions. She also got a head start on this fall's classes.

“I learned terminology that's helped me in my animal science classes this semester,” said Szynalski.

Edan Lambert interned with Christensen Farms. Lambert, a sophomore in animal science, learned every stage of swine production from breeding to caring for piglets and marketing. Lambert did chores daily and learned some technical details about hogs and confinements.

“The hands-on experience made my internship educational,” said Lambert, “It’s an experience that will be valuable as I continue my career in the swine industry.”

For more information about the animal science class contact Christen Burgett at