Kentucky Equine Management Internship Program Accepting Applications for Spring 2018

The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program offers a comprehensive educational experience for students enrolled through a sponsoring college or university, or for recent graduates of such institutions. 

KEMI is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2018 session, which runs for January 8, 2018 – June 8, 2018. 

Through the internship, students integrate academic studies with practical experience, leadership and responsibility as a contributing participant on a Central Kentucky horse farm. Aside from farm commitments, students are introduced into a network of equine professionals representing multifaceted careers in the equine profession. 
During the first week of the course, students participate in orientation activities as a group. After the first week, students are employed full-time by participating farms where they become familiar with the day-to-day management of horses on commercial thoroughbred farms. On area farms, a typical full-time work week is 48 hours per week with one day off. In most cases, students work hands-on with horses, however some farms may also assign responsibilities associated with record keeping, veterinary care or farm maintenance. At least one night each week students meet as a group for a classroom lecture, laboratory exercise or demonstration.

Spring sessions (which begin in January) provide students with an overview of the intensive management practices used on commercial thoroughbred breeding operations. On a day-to-day basis, most students will be involved in the care of pregnant and foaling mares. Some farms may require students to participate in “foal watch” rotations and/or to help with neonatal care during evenings and nights. As students become more experienced they may be expected to take mares to breeding sheds, assist with veterinary care or perform some record keeping. There are some farms that provide opportunities for students to gain experience with stallions.

Application Process:

  • Submission of the Application Form
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges awarding credits to the applicant
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
  • Payment of Application Fees
  • Further instructions for the application process can be found on Page 1 of the Application Form.

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • Completed at least two years of a college curriculum with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (4.0 scale) or better in all college coursework
  • Previous hands-on experience in the equine industry
  • A strong work ethic and personal character and be dependable

Applications to the KEMI program must be postmarked for the spring 2018 session between August 1 and October 31, 2017.

For more information and to apply, please follow this link.

Posted: October 11, 2017


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