The Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) offer you a career experience that puts your talents and education to the test while you learn new skills to develop your potential. Let us help you find the student program that works best for you, your lifestyle and your career path.
There are many paths that lead students to work for USDA or other federal government agencies, and our Pathway Programs is one way to begin a career in the federal government. Our Pathways Programs provide meaningful training and career development while you begin your career in the federal government. The programs are designed to help you excel in your chosen field. Through our student Pathway Programs you can participate in an internship in any of our offices nationwide, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. To see where our offices are located, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
USDA Internship Program. The USDA Internship Program is a year-round, paid internship for students attending accredited high schools, including homeschooling, or pursuing a certificate, undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college, university, or community college. As a student, you can work with the federal government and explore federal careers while still in school. For complete program information, including eligibility requirements and application deadlines, click here and https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads.
USDA Recent Graduate Program. The Recent Graduate Program is a one-year career development program for students who have recently graduated from accredited schools, including professional, technical, vocational and trade schools; community and junior colleges; 4-year colleges/universities; and advanced degree programs. If you are interested in this program, you must apply within 2 years before you receive your degree or certificate. Due to military service obligations, veterans have up to 6 years to apply from the time they receive their certificate or degree.
Presidential Management Fellows Program. The USDA Presidential Management Fellows Program is a prestigious, two-year, competitive training and development program that is managed by the Office of Personnel Management. The program is designed to attract bright and high-achieving college graduates to the federal government who come from diverse educational, cultural and social backgrounds. For complete program information, including eligibility requirements, click here and https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads.
USDA partners with several third-party internship providers to offer you the opportunity to work with our 19 agencies and gain practical experience in different fields. Students typically receive stipends for their internship from the third-party providers. The points of contact for the third-party internship providers will recruit students and determine if they are eligible. FSA and RMA offer student internships under the following third-party providers:
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Internship Programs. This is one of the largest Hispanic internship programs in the country that matches internship assignments with students' majors and career goals. HACU recruits college students from institutions with significant numbers of Hispanic students for paid internships at federal government agencies in Washington, DC and throughout the country. For complete program information, including eligibility requirements, click here.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Internship Program. This is a paid, work internship for high school seniors and students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited school. Through TMCF, USDA recruits potential employees from 47 historically black colleges and universities. For complete program information, including eligibility requirements, click here.
Washington Internship for Native Students (WINS). This is an internship program for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students who want to develop leadership skills while they intern at a federal government agency. For complete program information, including eligibility requirements, click here: .
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between USDA and the nineteen historically black 1890 land-grant universities. This program provides full tuition, as well as room and board, for the term of the scholarship. You may renew your scholarship each year if your academic performance is satisfactory and you are making normal progress towards a bachelor's degree at any of the nineteen 1890 historically black land-grant universities. For complete program information, including eligibility requirements, click here.
USDA/1994 Tribal Scholar Program. This program gives USDA agencies the opportunity to recruit qualified students who are currently pursuing degrees in agriculture-related fields and are interested in careers in public service. We provide full tuition, fees, books, use of a personal computer, software, employment and employee benefits for each year of your scholarship. The program provides college students from institutions with significant numbers of Native Americans the opportunity to explore a federal service careers. For complete program information, including eligibility requirements, click here.
Federal Student Volunteer Program. USDA provides unpaid internships as part of the federal Student Volunteer Program. You can volunteer any time as long as you have a Letter of Understanding between USDA and your college or university. For more program information, contact the federal office where you wish to work.
The Workforce Recruitment Program is a recruitment and referral program designed to connect students with disabilities to federal government employers to gain summer or permanent employment. This program is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor and Department of Defense, with a consortium of 16 other federal agencies participating. USDA uses this program to help accomplish its goal of increasing the number of new hires of persons with disabilities. For more program information, click here.
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