A variety of volunteer, internship and independent project opportunities are available to motivated undergraduate students. Our undergraduate students are involved in all aspects of research, and are encouraged to pursue small independent projects. As a result many have presented at national and international conferences, co-authored abstracts or manuscripts, and earned research awards. If you are interested in joining our lab, the internship application information detailed below is for you!

Before applying for an internship we ask that you explore the “What We Do” page to confirm that the research topics we work on align with your interests.  If so, we encourage you to email with the following materials to Dr. Makagon (mmakagon@ucdavis.edu):

1) your resume along with a cover letter highlighting any relevant research or course experiences you have had and what you hope to gain from the internship opportunity. Not sure how to put together a resume or cover letter?  The Internship and Career Center provides examples along with tips on how to get started! No previous research experience? No problem! Research experience is not a pre-requisite for joining our lab.  We provide hands-on training in all tasks carried the undergraduate student researchers.

  2) your availability for the quarter when you wish to work in the lab. Please note that we require all of our incoming undergraduate interns to commit at least 6 hours of work per week, either in 2 x 3 hr or 3 x 2 hr chunks of time.  

Although we are always looking for dedicated and detail oriented students, we do give priority to internship applicants who connect with us before the start of or within the first 2 weeks of a given quarter.

Interested in applied animal behavior or animal welfare research, but don’t think poultry is for you? Check out applied ethology/animal welfare research opportunities in other labs associated with the Center for Animal Welfare at UC Davis, basic and applied animal behavior research opportunities in labs associated with the Animal Behavior Graduate Group, or external internship opportunities (this external link is a good starting point).