Last May, the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) launched an internship program aimed at providing opportunities for students and recent graduates to gain additional knowledge and experience in the meat industry.

Both internship and full-time job opportunities are available at local AAMP member businesses across the country, according to Nelson Gaydos, AAMP’s outreach specialist. Gaydos, who oversees the program, works closely with the association’s processor members to place a prospective student with the company.

“The summertime [May-August] is the most popular for students, but semester long internships can be arranged,” said Gaydos. “We [AAMP] intend on setting it up in a way that a student and processor can make the internship into whatever fits both parties. Students could even have an internship with multiple businesses in the same area, if they wish.”

It is the responsibility of the host processor company to provide appropriate wages, housing for the students, and a defined time of the internship. 

Application Requirements

  • To apply, you must meet the following criteria:
  • 18 years of age or older on or before the first day of the internship program.
  • Be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate. 
  • Student is defined as an individual who is enrolled in a degree-seeking program in an accredited college or university. 
  • A resume must be included with the application. 

Gaydos says he intends to reach out to interested participants in early fall. AAMP will continue to update members and participants as new developments arise. 

Students interested in participating in the program can contact Nelson at 717-367-1168 or More information and an online application is available on AAMP’s website at