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Kentucky Equine Management Internship - SPRING 2023 SESSION

Spring 2023 KEMI Session

The Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program is dedicated to improving opportunities for college students wishing to pursue a career in the field of equine management. KEMI offers a comprehensive educational experience for students enrolled for academic credit through a sponsoring college or university, or for recent graduates of such institutions. Interns are employed full-time on prestigious Thoroughbred farms in the Lexington, Kentucky area, attend weekly lectures focused on expanding their knowledge of the Thoroughbred racing industry, and attend local industry events to allow for networking opportunities with industry professionals. KEMI offers two internship sessions each year. The Spring session provides opportunities for interns to learn about the commercial breeding of Thoroughbreds. The Fall session focuses primarily on sales and marketing. KEMI has provided these opportunities for seventeen years and has provided internship opportunities to more than 1,000 interns from all fifty states and twenty-one foreign countries. As a result of their participation, approximately 50% of KEMI graduates have found permanent employment in the horse industry in Central Kentucky.
The KEMI program is designed to assist students who are interested in jobs related to the equine industry, particularly those related to horse racing. Interns live and work (and get paid) on Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms and attend weekly lectures related to industry issues. The work is hands-on with horses (cleaning stalls, grooming, feeding, etc.) The lectures relate to what is happening on the farms or within the industry. This internship opportunity seeks to improve the horse-handling skills of the interns, and give them the opportunity to learn about the operation and management of commercial Thoroughbred farms. We request that applicants have at least basic horse handling experience, excellent references, some knowledge of production agriculture (have taken course or grown up around agriculture or livestock), and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Interns are supervised by the KEMI program Coordinator.

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Applications require:
Application Form
3 letters of recommendations
All Transcripts
Application Fee

This is a paid internship with provided housing.

KEMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit company. There is a tuition fee for the internship, broken down below:
$35 Application Fee
$465 Tuition Deposit
$2,000 Tuition
$2,500 Program Total

In exchange we provide weekly educational lectures, accommodations on the farms and all interns earn an hourly wage. In general, over the course of the internship, interns earn between $10-12,000.. In addition, almost every intern is offered a permanent placement after the internship.

This is a paid internship with provided housing.