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Real-World Experience

An internship with the Federal government is a great way to get real-world experience while you’re working on your college degree and begin your professional career.

OneUSDA Internship Program

The OneUSDA Internship Program offers Federal opportunities to students currently enrolled in qualifying educational programs or institutions. It is a comprehensive developmental program intended to provide students with experience in a dynamic work environment that will enhance their educational goals and help shape their career choices. An internship with USDA will involve various components of on-the-job experience, mentorship, and training tailored to the student’s education, experience, and interests.

During the summer of 2019, we received more than 10,000 applications for the Federal Pathways program, all seeking to serve their country through a career in government and begin pursuing careers in agriculture, natural resources, and rural development.

This year, the improvements we’re making to internships at USDA will enable us to recruit the best and retain the best. We are currently accepting applications through November 15 and we’re aiming to notify candidates by early spring 2020.

Through our enhanced OneUSDA internship program, Secretary Perdue’s team will provide a simpler and more fulfilling experience for interns and to better meet Mission Areas’ workforce development needs. This new approach is another way that Secretary Perdue continues to enact his vision to make USDA one of the most efficient and effective Departments in the Federal Government.

Join Us

Below are the occupational fields we are accepting application for:

Students receive varied assignments designed to provide on-the-job training and experience in activities related to veterinary services including headquarters-type settings, veterinary field environments and veterinary laboratories.



Biological sciences include forestry, rangeland management, wildlife biology, fish biology, ecology, botany, recreation, natural resources management, biological sciences, and other related disciplines.



Engineering and Architecture includes General Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering Technical, Survey Technical, Electronics Technical, and other related disciplines.



Business and Industry includes Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Program Policy, Agriculture Outreach and Communications, and Procurement/Contracting.



Administration and Office Support includes Administrative and Office support, Human Resources, Information Technology,  Business Administration/Management, Program Policy, Legislative Affairs and Outreach/Communications.



Students can gain experience in financial Management includes federal budget, finance, accounting, auditing, and pay.



Information Technology includes data management, cyber security, network management, system design, systems engineering and design, systems analysis.