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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

As part of the federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship Program offers paid, federal internships at USDA agencies and offices around the country for professional development opportunities in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields.

The program is available to high school to graduate students who are currently enrolled in qualifying educational programs or institutions. OneUSDA internships offer on-the-job experience, mentorship, and training tailored to each student’s education, experience, and interests. Students gain valuable experience to enhance their educational goals and help shape their career choices.

In 2020, USDA hosted thousands of in-person and virtual internships around the country, many of which were through the through the federal Pathways Program.

The deadline for summer 2021 internship applications is Monday, November 16. Application review will begin immediately and candidate notification will take place in early spring 2021. For more information on the program and eligibility, email internship@usda.gov.

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.

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Apply today for the following occupational fields:

Administration and office support includes administrative and office support, human resources, information technology, business administration/management, program policy, legislative affairs and outreach/communications.

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

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Business and Industry includes agribusiness, agricultural economics, program policy, agriculture outreach and communications, and procurement/contracting.

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Engineering and architecture includes general engineering, civil engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering technical, survey technical, Electronics technical, and other related disciplines.

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Students can gain experience in financial management includes federal budget, finance, accounting, auditing, and payroll.

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

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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.

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