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How Interning Helps Prepare You for Grad School


Posted on October 18, 2018 by By Jazmin A. Markey ’19, a Delaware Valley University animal science major.

Courtesy: Jazmin A. Markey ’19. Jazmin A. Markey ’19 at her summer 2018 internship. Markey is now preparing for her next step, graduate school.

I have four potential grad school offers as a result of my internship experience this summer. Interning helped me make connections and decide what my specialization would be going into grad school. 

I am currently applying and in contact with the University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State, the University of Illinois, and Texas A&M University. By interning, I was able to make connections with faculty at the schools that I am interested in attending. My final step in applying is obtaining GRE scores. I am looking into the possibility of teaching assistantships at two of the four schools at this point. I am planning to visit the listed programs over winter break. 

From May 20 to August 14 I participated in the Summer Experience in Agricultural Research at the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, New York. The paid internship gives juniors and seniors the opportunity to engage in the Institute’s ongoing research projects. Participants write a proposal for, carry out, and give a formal result(s) presentation on an independent research project under an assigned advisor, who is employed by the institute. Selected students are given a set of topics for the summer and decide amongst themselves which independent project they would like. Interns also have the opportunity to write and publish short articles on hot topics in the industry. The institute focuses their research on environmental science, equine nutrition, and reproduction (Morgan Horses), dairy cattle nutrition and reproduction (Holstein Cattle), and crop science. 
This summer I carried out an in vitro project utilizing Tilley-Terry and NDF methods. I looked at the effect of rare earth marker attachment on corn silages' digestibility. By observing whether or not the markers affected the digestibility, we noted the markers' potential as a ration additive to calculate the rate of passage of feed through a ruminant's digestive tract. Other projects I was able to partake in included topics such as heat abatement and heat stress in dairy cattle, and dairy calf nutrition. 

I am now looking into opportunities to continue my research back on campus in the spring semester before graduating. While I spent my summer working alongside dairy cattle, my graduate school focus will be beef cattle nutrition. Areas of focus will include genomics and feed efficiency, as well as mathematical modeling.

About the Author
Jazmin A. Markey ’19 is a Delaware Valley University animal science major who is specializing in livestock science and management. She completed independent research under the primary guidance of Michael Miller along with other employees during a summer 2018 internship at William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute. On campus, Markey is treasurer of both the Student Government Board and the Equestrian Team.