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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 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 2018, USDA was proud to host more than 3,000 interns throughout the country, about half were through the Federal Pathways program.

For the summer of 2019, we are aiming to bring even more college students onboard in the Federal Pathways program, to serve their country through a career in government and begin pursuing careers in agriculture, natural resources, and rural development.

The improvements we’re making to internships at USDA will enable us to recruit the best (that is you!) and retain the best (it’s a competition, and we want you to perform at your best here, for the American people!).

Why We’re Doing This Important Work

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

USDA has made the Summer 2019 Pathways Internship job announcement easier-than-ever for college students to find and we’re currently hiring Pathways Interns in hundreds of locations across every state in the country for the following occupational fields. After you review this list, follow the “Instructions to Apply” section below:

Veterinary Science

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.

Natural Resources and Biological Sciences

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

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

Business, Contracting, Procurement, and Industry

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

General Administration and Office Support

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

How to Apply

Applicants will have an opportunity to specify their preferred geographic location, area of interest, and USDA Agency or office.

USDA is looking to fill our ranks with those who are interested in honing their skills, expanding their knowledge, and developing their experience, including young people from all of the wonderful parts of this great country- so we encourage you to apply!

If you have questions, please email the USDA Office of Human Resource Management at

    1. Create an employment profile at through January 18, 2019
    2. Review available USDA Pathways Internship job postings.
    3. Select the desired Job Announcement below.
    4. Follow the prompts to apply to the position. The process will include uploading a resume, transcripts, and any other required documents, and answering all qualification questions.
    5. Submit application, then you can also track the status of your application in USAJOBS.

Apply Now

There is one posting for Veterinary Science positions nationwide. Click below to apply.