Meet the 2017 USA Communications Interns

The Australian Society of Animal Production and the American Society of Animal Science offer two places each year for Australian students to travel to the USA to participate in an internship in science writing and communications.

The internships are open to final-year undergraduate students enrolled in animal science or agriculture degrees, and are selected via a competitive application process.

Successful applicants receive:

  • 8-12 weeks in the USA (Illinois) working with professional staff in the American Society of Animal Science office gaining hands-on skills in science writing, communication and media skills.
  • Travel costs and assistance with accommodation, and visa application to a total of AUS $5,000 per student.
  • Mentorship in workplace and interpersonal skills to make you more employable.

This year the two interns selected were Ashlee McEvoy from the University of Adelaide and Penny Young from the University of Melbourne.


Ashlee McEvoy

ashley-mcevoyHi everyone, I am Ashlee McEvoy and am one of the Australian interns selected for the 2017 ASAP/ASAS internship. I grew up on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia in a small, rural town called Minnipa, where I lived for over 18 years. I attended a small area school of 60-70 students called Karcultaby Area School. Here my favourite subject was always Agriculture as we got involved in many animal projects such as led steers and showing wethers. My father is a farmer and my mother a teacher and I grew up surrounded by horses, sheep, cattle and crops. In 2013 I graduated and in 2014 moved to Adelaide to complete my degree in Bachelor of Science (Animal Science). This degree went for three years and I participated in many side projects as well as the required subjects. Some of the things I participated in include the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging university team in Wagga Wagga, a university study tour in China about the conservation of tigers, I was a member of the university led steer competition at the Adelaide Royal show and also participated in a summer scholarship at the beginning of 2016 in reading cortisol levels in sheep wool. I’ve now completed my undergraduate degree and am currently looking to complete a Masters of Teaching in 2018 when I return to Australia after completing this internship in Illinois for the American Society of Animal Science.


Penny Young


My name is Penny Young, and I have been lucky enough to be selected as one of the two communications interns in the joint American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP) program for 2017. We will be working at the ASAS headquarters in Champaign, Illinois from January to April.

I am from Melbourne, Australia, and last year completed my undergraduate degree majoring in Animal Health and Disease at the University of Melbourne.  I also studied subjects associated with microbiology and immunology and have a particular interest in biosecurity, epidemiology and zoonotic diseases.

This scholarship is an incredible opportunity and I am looking forward to taking part in the events the ASAS has organized during our internship, in particular the Midwest section meeting and the university visits.


Keep up to date with our travels in the USA by checking out the Taking Stock Australia newsletter.

For more information about this internship please click here.

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