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Spy Coast Farm Internship Opportunities
About Spy Coast Farm
Our internship program is based out of our primary facility in Lexington, KY. This location provides the ultimate opportunity to obtain experience with multiple aspects of the sport horse industry. Our Lexington facility is home to our Reproductive Division, CEM Quarantine, Young Horse Development Center, Rehabilitation and Fitness Center, and Equine Education Center.
The internships offered at Spy Coast Farm include an ample amount of hands-on experience, as well as educational opportunities customized towards each division. Most interns will also have the opportunity to participate in off campus equine experiences, attend and participate in lunch and learn meetings with staff, and attend lectures with industry experts.
Spy Coast Farm is looking for hard-working, motivated, passionate individuals who are looking forward to obtaining experience in multiple aspects of the sport horse industry. Please note that positions are limited and that each application is reviewed thoroughly.
A brief Spy Coast Farm experience. Intern may be selected to work in one division or to rotate through two or three divisions during their stay.
Summer (2-3 month)
Prospective interns should request the division which would best benefit their vocational and/or educational needs. Intern placement will vary depending on season and placement availability (e.g. breeding and foaling is seasonal). This program option will include goal setting and monitoring, off campus experiences (depending on division), and hands-on work experience.
Interns that choose the half year option may do 2 full divisional rotations or may be able to shorten their rotations to gain experience in more than 2 divisions. Division selection will vary depending on the season, as breeding and foaling is seasonal. This program option will include goal setting and monitoring, off campus experiences, lunch and learn meetings with staff, and hands-on work experience.
Interns that are selected for the full year option will rotate through each division. This program option will include goal setting and monitoring, off campus experiences, lunch and learn meetings with staff, and hands-on work experience. Interns may have the opportunity to participate in one of the several research projects currently being conducted at Spy Coast Farm.
Applicants must be a graduate from an accredited Veterinary Degree program and pass the NAVLE exam. The interns will have the opportunity to work in all divisions of Spy Coast Farm and will also spend one third of the time working on Thoroughbreds at Burleson Farms in Midway, KY. The internship is 12 months long beginning in June and living accommodations will be provided on the farm.
Equine Reproduction Center (Breeding and Foaling)
Interns will work during the breeding season and assist Dr. Modesty Burleson with breeding mares, collecting stallions, handling fresh and frozen semen, and neonatal care. Interns are advised to stay close to the farm during this unit as they will be contacted to attend foalings. Interns will also learn CEM quarantine policies and procedures
Young Horse Development Center
Interns will work closely with management and trainers to understand the process of starting a young horse and to experience Spy Coast's training methodology. Interns will have the opportunity to acquire advanced management and horsemanship skills while improving their grooming techniques. Depending on the time of the year, interns may also attend shows in Lexington and possibly in other locations such as Tryon, NC.
**Please note that this is not a riding internship. Riding opportunities are limited and will be determined on a case by case basis as per the head trainer's assessment of the intern's riding proficiency.**
Equine Rehabilitation and Fitness Center
Spy Coast's Rehab and Fitness Center is overseen by resident veterinarian Dr. Julie Vargas. The facility includes water treadmills, a cold saltwater leg spa, whole body vibration therapy, regenerative lasers, and other state of the art rehabilitation equipment. Interns will work closely with Dr. Vargas and facility staff, learning about the various treatment modalities and their applied uses for equine rehabilitation and fitness.
How do I apply?
Internship positions are filled throughout the year. Applications will be processed upon receipt and will be kept on file for one year. Applications for summer internships should be submitted by December 1st of the previous year.
Applications must include:
A cover letter
An updated resume or curriculum vitae
One letter of recommendation
Spy Coast Farm will contact applicants who have been chosen for the interviewing process. Interviews may be conducted in person or on Skype/Zoom. Potential interns must be prepared to discuss their previous horse experience and personal goals.
Spy Coast Farm offers a stipend to chosen interns. Interns must provide their own transportation to Lexington. On-site housing options are limited and not guaranteed.
What does this internship mean to Spy Coast Farm
Spy Coast Farm believes in learning through hands on work combined with mentorship and access to educational materials. We hope to aid in the growth of the sport horse industry by offering this opportunity to those wanting to be a part of the industry's future. Please send inquires and applications below or to