AVMA Headquarters Externships

The AVMA Headquarters Externship program helps students who would like to explore the opportunities of organized veterinary medicine. This externship is open to all students who are current members of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA). The AVMA provides 10 stipends up to $2,000* for externships lasting between 3-4 weeks. With 3 of those stipends dedicated specifically just for students interested in working directly with the Economics Division. Student participants can spend their whole externship in one division or divide their time among various divisions, depending on choice, time, and availability.
The work a student extern could expect at AVMA Headquarters is varied and differs from division to division.  However, excellent written and verbal communication skills are a major asset for an extern.  Examples of experience learned at the AVMA may include: assisting in document and/or letter writing, developing content for the AVMA website, participation in council/committee meetings held at AVMA Headquarters or elsewhere, providing information to AVMA members, performing background research and collecting data on current veterinary issues.
Students are able to select from AVMA divisions that are of most interest to them. These divisions include:
  • Animal Welfare
  • MarCom (Marketing and Communications)
  • Convention and Meeting Planning
  • Education and Research
  • Membership and Field Services
  • Animal and Public Health
  • Veterinary Economics
  • AVMF
(More information about each division is included within the application.) 


  • Be a current Student Chapter/Associate member in good standing
  • Secure own housing and transportation arrangements (local information will be supplied)
  • All current veterinary students are eligible to apply

Application deadline to submit will be January 2019.


 The application has now closed. Please return in fall 2018 for next year's application.


The AVMA HQ is located at 1931 N. Meacham Rd. Ste. 100, Schaumburg, IL.

For questions regarding the HQ Externship, please email Jackie Ross at JRoss@avma.org.

*Stipend amounts are subject to taxes. Please consider discussing these tax implications with a tax professional before applying for the externship.