Thus far in my education I have been quite satisfied with the myriad opportunities available to interested students for travel. It is literally impossible to follow through with each and every one of them, but in general, the process of applying, getting accepted, and even rejected has been very rewarding. (Yes, though rejections can be seen as a cold, hard slap to the face and sometimes in actuality they are, they also can be helpful in elucidating which part of your application was weakest or how to improve in the future. In that sense they are rewarding.)
In undergraduate school, a host of offices dealt with summer research programs in different areas of the world, and I knew which building to visit and whom to contact. Now in vet school, I can speak a little bit to the challenges a vet student may face in this department. Funding, or lack thereof, is the biggest impediment to my current travel ambitions. The cost of education for healthcare professionals is insanely high in the U.S., and for someone interested in getting a research grant to travel to, say Ecuador or Tanzania, a lot of heavy lifting is needed to procure funding. As of now, much of that weight falls on the students’ shoulders. It really can be overwhelming to navigate through the channels of grant-giving agencies, and I feel that the vet school administration can do only so much in connecting interested students. Therefore, the onus is on us students to reach out to the organizations that can help us. It may still be winter, but summer will be here sooner than we think, so we must seize every chance we have to get the internships or positions we desire.