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The CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory offers a unique Equine Breeding Farm Internship Program. The program provides advanced training in equine breeding farm procedures and management for individuals with a sincere desire to pursue a career in the equine breeding industry. Applicants should have completed a BS in Equine Sciences, Animal Sciences, or related discipline. This is a one-year, non-degree program. Application materials must be received by October 15 to be fully considered for the position starting January 1 and by April 15 to be fully considered for the position starting July 1.
Equine Breeding Farm Internships


 Internship Contact

​Leslie Butler
ERL Internship Coordinator
Animal Reproduction & Biotechnology Lab
1683 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO  80523-1693
(970) 491-8169​

 Internship Information


Interns participate in a one-year, non-degree, program beginning on January 1 and finishing on December 31 or starting July 1 and finishing on June 30 of the following year. Applicants should have completed a BS in Equine Sciences, Animal Sciences, or related discipline. A certificate of achievement is provided upon successful completion of the program. Job placement assistance will be available upon request. A salary will be provided and interns will live in an apartment on-site at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory on the Foothills Campus of Colorado State University. Rent is required as with all on-campus housing.


Equine Reproductive Training


  • Stallion handling
  • Stallion management
  • Semen collection
  • Preparation of cooled-transported semen
  • Semen evaluation
  • Semen freezing principles
  • Hormone therapy
  • Reproductive management of mares
  • Artificial insemination
  • Care of the pregnant mare and foaling
  • Embryo transfer (assist)
  • Care of the newborn foal
  • Oocyte transfer (assist)
  • Herd health management

Responsibilities of Interns

Interns will be responsible for the following (at a minimum) and may be assigned other duties.

  1. Assistance with the Clinical Equine Reproduction Program (horse handling, herd health management, record keeping, etc)
  2. Assistance with general laboratory functions (including autoclaving, equipment cleaning, laundry, reception, etc)
  3. Participation in foal watch and foaling (provide back-up and assistance to students in the Foaling Management class)
  4. After-hours help with artificial inseminations, embryo transfer and horse arrivals/departures (rotate with or provide back-up to graduate students)
  5. Weekend on call (after-hours availability every other weekend for each intern)
  6. Night barn checks (i.e. monitor client-owned horses)
  7. Evening security check (i.e. gates shut and locked; facility doors locked)

How to Apply

For a full posting announcement and to apply, please visit the CSU employment opportunities website.