Animal Sciences Career E-Letter

February 4, 2013

From the Desk of Barry Delks

Animal Sciences Careers Website
All Current Full-Time Positions
All Current Internship Positions
College of Ag Interview Opportunities
Employers by Concentration/Species
All-Campus Career Information


Career Fairs
1. Professional Nametag Sales

Full-time Positions
1. Feed Ingredient Purchasing Agent

Part-time Positions

Internships/Summer Work
1. Royer Farm Fresh Beef, Lamb, and Pork Intern
2. USDA Internships
3. Tuskegee University IBS-REU Summer Internship Program
4. Columbian Park Zoo Internships
5. Becker Farms Summer Internship

Study Abroad
1. Animals and Food Security: Service Learning in Rural Romania (Maymester)

Club Callouts

Leadership Development

1. Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon

Career Fairs

1. Professional Name Tag Sales

 Want to look more professional to prospective employers at the upcoming Spring College of Ag Career Fair? Order a professional Purdue University nametag from the Agribusiness Club! Orders will arrive prior to the February 20th Career Fair.

Order Dates: Thursday, January 24th- Tuesday, February 12th
Order Locations: KRAN 681, ABAD 121, or LILY 3-229
Cost: $10 (cash or check payable to "Purdue Agribusiness Club")

Questions? Contact:
Ethan Demerly:

Full-time Positions

1. Feed Ingredient Purchasing Agent

Progressive Indiana animal nutritional company is searching for a highly motivated Feed Ingredient Purchasing Agent to work with their well-established procurement team in purchasing feed ingredients. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from a highly effective team of purchasing agents and offers a huge opportunity for advancement.

Ideal Candidate: has a good understanding of the feed ingredient industry, both micro and macro.
Qualifications: BS degree in Animal Science required along with at least two years of experience in the animal nutrition industry
Salary: $60,000-70,000 plus excellent benefits.

Interested? Contact:
Vic Heinold

Internships/ Summer Work

1. Royer Farm Fresh Beef, Lamb, and Pork Intern

Located just outside of Clinton, IN, Royer Farm Fresh Beef, Lamb, and Pork has raised family-farm grown meats in a healthy and natural environment for over a century. This farm is offering a great internship opportunity this summer for a student to gain experience in many aspects of sustainable production and direct marketing of farm products through farmers' markets, a farm store, and via the internet. For more information about this internship opportunity along with qualifications and about the application process, go to the "All Current Internship Positions" link at the top of this e-letter and click on the Royer Farm link. Application deadline is February 17, 2013.

2. USDA Internships

Job Description: These internship positions are conducted by the Agricultural Research Service. Interns who are assigned as a Biological Science Trainee will have the opportunity to perform standardized routines in support of research projects in a laboratory, field, and/or greenhouse setting.

Location: A variety of locations across the United States are available.

Duration: Beginning of May to the end of September

Application Deadline: February 8, 2013

For more details and to apply: go to

Note: One specific internship is with Dr. Tara McDaneld at the US Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. If you are interested in this project, be sure to select Clay Center, NE as the location. Details of the project are:

Description of the Project:

The cattle genome contains genetic variation that can be utilized for improvement in beef cattle reproduction. By identifying genomic regions harboring DNA sequence variation affecting performance traits, genetic markers can be developed for the cattle industry to select animals that are superior in reproductive performance. High-density genotyping arrays have been utilized to genotype multiple cattle populations across the US to identify genetic variation on Chromosome 5 associated with high or low reproductive performance. Further evaluation of this genomic region on Chromosome 5 will identify specific DNA markers and other DNA variants associated with reproduction that can be utilized by the cattle industry.

The student selected for this project will evaluate regions on Chromosome 5 that have been identified to be associated with reproductive performance in multiple cattle populations. The student will accomplish this by first learning and using laboratory techniques including DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), basic sequencing protocols, and statistical and sequence analysis programs to determine if the DNA marker or gene sequence on Chromosome 5 contains variation associated with high or low reproductive performance. The student will then use these techniques to generate sequence from the identified region of Chromosome 5 and identify additional sequence variation (DNA markers and copy number variation) that demonstrate association with reproductive performance in multiple breeds. From this project, genetic markers will be identified for use in the cattle industry. The intern will have the opportunity to attend weekly discussions of research being done at the Center targeted to undergraduates. Additionally, a final report connecting the intern’s research with the beef industry’s needs will be presented to other interns and interested scientists.

Prior experience and/or coursework required: The individual selected for this project should have an interest in genetics and molecular biology. Additionally the intern should have an interest in learning laboratory techniques to evaluate DNA sequence.

Mentoring of the student: The intern will be mentored by Dr. McDaneld, Dr. Kuehn, and Dr. Keele, but will also have the opportunity to interact with other scientists in the Genetics and Breeding and Animal Health Research Unit and other scientists at the US Meat Animal Research Center. Additionally, the intern will receive mentoring in laboratory skills from a technician with over 20 years of experience at the US Meat Animal Research Center. 

3. Tuskegee University IBS-REU Summer Internship Program

Tuskegee University will serve as a Research Experience for Undergraduates site this summer with a program in Integrative Biosciences. This National Science Foundation- supported program provides undergraduates with a great opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor in a variety of life and natural science fields, including biology, chemistry, animal science, plant science, soils sciences, environmental sciences, and more- all with an emphasis on Bioinformatics!

For an overview of eligibility criteria, visit:
Students receive: $5,000 salary, travel assistance, complimentary housing in a Tuskegee University Dorm, as well as many meals
To look at past research projects and to apply: go to
Location: Tuskegee, Alabama (40 miles East of Montgomery, AL)
Duration: May 26-August 2, 2013
Deadline: March 1, 2013; Students selected for the program will be notified no later than April 1

Questions? Contact:
Ms. Marilyn Hooks
Program Assistant

4. Columbian Park Zoo Internships

 Summer 2013

Fall 2013

For more information, go to

Questions? Contact:
Courtney Nave
Assistant Education Coordinator
Columbian Park Zoo

5. Becker Farms Summer Internship

Interested in small farms and niche marketing of farm products?
Becker Farms was established in 2007 by two Purdue Ag Alumni; the farm specializes in the production of grass-fed beef, pastured pork, chicken, turkey, duck, eggs, and produce. They attend 2-4 farmers markets per week throughout East-Central Indiana.

Location: Mooreland, IN (1 hour East of Indianapolis)
General Duties: General farm labor, preparing for and attending farmers markets, and maintaining social media accounts
Ideal Candidates: not afraid to get dirty, be able to lift 30-40 pounds, be able to work independently, have customer relations skills
Housing: Housing and most meals will be provided
Wage: $450/ week

For More Information about Becker Farms, visit:

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to:
Becker Farms, Kyle and Emily Becker
7392 N. Wilbur Wright Road
Mooreland, IN 47360

Questions? Contact:
Emily Becker ( or
Barry Delks (

Study Abroad

1. Animals and Food Security: Service Learning in Rural Romania (Maymester)

Enroll today and have the opportunity to learn about rural community development by working with university students in an animal-oriented culture! There are currently vacancies available to any undergraduate student interested in a great experience and 4 ANSC 494 credits. If you are interested, join the class on Wednesday nights at 5:30 in LILY 3-418 or contact Drs. Ebner or Russell directly. Apply to IPIA in AGAD Room 26 ASAP. The Maymester will be held May 13th- June 6th, 2013.

Dr. Paul Ebner
Dr. Mark Russell


1. Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon

Use your Animal Science knowledge to compete against your fellow classmates in a fun competition on February 22nd and 23rd! The competition is made up of a quiz bowl, lab practicum, oral presentation, and a written test. The winning team will have all expenses paid to compete in the regional competition representing Purdue. Sign up to join the fun! For more information about the competition details along with how to sign up, click on the link below.

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