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 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 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.
The improvements we’re making to internships at USDA will enable us to recruit the best and retain the best. We are currently evaluating the applications we received, and we’re aiming to notify candidates by mid-April 2019.
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.