The M.A.R.E. Center Undergraduate Summer Internship

Applications are due by 5pm on February 27, 2017. We will begin notifying applicants of decisions on March 8, 2017. 

Objective: To help prepare undergraduate students for careers in the equine industry, academia or the veterinary sciences by applying classroom knowledge in a real world setting while learning new skills through meaningful research and Extension projects.

Who is eligible: This internship is appropriate for students entering their junior or senior year in the fall semester following the internship. The internship is open to current undergraduate students at Virginia Tech or any other institution in the United States or Canada. Students graduating in May 2017 will also be considered.

Timing: May 22nd 2017 will be the official start date. Interns may arrive earlier. Later arrivals may be allowed with prior approval.

Financial aspects: Housing and utilities are covered by Virginia Tech. Housing is on-farm in tenant houses (fellow interns will be your housemates). No stipend is available. Interns must pay for their own food, internet/TV, and renter’s insurance.


The internship will be offered in summer 2017 and is located at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE Center), a 420-acre equine facility located in the heart of Virginia’s horse country. This is an immersive learning environment for those students who are sincere in their desire to secure employment in the equine industry and/or pursue post-baccalaureate education in graduate or veterinary school. This novel program provides substantive and authentic experiences that result in the ultimate equine internship experience.

Interns will assist with all ongoing research and Extension activities at the MARE Center. Each intern will be assigned a specific project area. Project areas will include topics such as equine nutrition and health, pasture management, conservation and land stewardship, equine reproduction, and youth development (4-H). Interns will be involved with all aspects of their specified project. Interns will have the opportunity to disseminate knowledge gained through their project in an Extension or research publication or presentation, if they desire the opportunity to do so. An essential component of the internship will be developing leadership and communication skills while building networks within the equine industry through Extension activities. Interns will gain practical hands-on experience operating a 420-acre farm. Management experience will include daily horse and farm care, nutritional management, young horse handling, reproductive management, pasture and forage management, and potential management of other livestock.

Upon completion of the internship, students will gain appreciation of and proficiency in skills necessary to work within the equine industry. Interns will develop a greater understanding of the scientific method, including experimental design and implementation. Additionally, students will improve upon life skills including critical thinking, problem solving, communication, leadership, collaboration and organization.

Current students may receive college credit if desired and will be responsible for tuition and fees. Transfer credits will be the student’s responsibility.

Interns must provide evidence of renter’s insurance.

For further information, please contact Mr. Shayan Ghajar at 

Application Information

Applications are due by 5PM on February 27th, 2017. We will begin contacting applicants on March 8th, 2017. For further information, please contact Shayan Ghajar:

540-687-3521 ext 26.