Experiential Learning Opportunities for Career Preparation of Animal Science Students

  • Curtis R. Youngs (Iowa State University)
  • M. Douglas Kenealy (Iowa State University)
  • Philip L. Spike (Iowa State University)
  • Bridget Driscoll (Iowa State University)
  • Michael S. Retallick (Iowa State University)
  • Michael C. Gaul (Iowa State University)


Most students enroll in a baccalaureate degree program to obtain a formal education that will increase the likelihood of their obtaining employment that is challenging, rewarding, and satisfying. A student’s formal education becomes more meaningful when coupled with hands-on, industry-relevant training such as an internship or part-time job. We describe herein a multi-pronged strategy that we have employed to encourage undergraduate students to participate in an experiential learning opportunity as a part of their formal education. Based on student feedback and the high placement rate of our students, we conclude this approach has been highly effective.

Keywords: ASL R2745

How to Cite:

Youngs, C. R., Kenealy, M. D., Spike, P. L., Driscoll, B., Retallick, M. S. & Gaul, M. C., (2012) “Experiential Learning Opportunities for Career Preparation of Animal Science Students”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 9(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-663

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Published on
01 Jan 2012
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