Careers & Internships

The poultry industry is a global industry reaching all parts of the world. Graduates who receive a poultry science degree from the Department of Poultry Science in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas will have received a broad education in the science and business of animal agriculture, focusing on poultry.

We are one of the most industry-supported departments at the University of Arkansas and with this tremendous support comes financial assistance, scholarships, internships, incredible facilities, classrooms and more. A degree in poultry science will open doors for graduates at the state and national levels, as well as throughout the world.


Graduates with a degree in poultry science will be prepared to enter a variety of careers in either the public or private sector or apply to a professional school in medicine, dental, pharmaceutical or the veterinary sciences.

Average starting salary offers made to new poultry science graduates:

  • Bachelor of Science $45,000.00
  • Master of Science $65,000.00
  • Ph.D $95,000.00

Here are just a few of the companies where a poultry scientist might work:
Butterball, Simmons, Cal-Maine, Abbott Labs, Cargill, Kroger, Intervet, Elanco, Pfizer, DeKalb, Hubbard, Purina, Roche, Ivesco, Tyson Foods, Wayne Farms, Aviagen, OK Foods, Cobb-Vantress, George’s, Pilgrim’s Pride, HEB, Animal Health International, Hyline International, McDonalds


Poultry Science internships offer students a chance to earn a paycheck and gain valuable hands-on training which complements and expands their classroom experiences. For example, companies participating in our internship program have included: Cargill Meat Solutions, Cal-Maine, Cobb-Vantress, Georges, Pilgrim’s Pride, Simmons Foods and Tyson Foods.

For more information about interning, contact Patrice Sims (479) 575-3699.

Student Internships Summer 2018