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Student and Summer Employment

NIFA offers opportunities through the Pathways Program for students and recent graduates to work in the agricultural, science, technology, math, environmental, management, business, and many other fields. USDA offers internships to students and recent graduates to help them to excel in their chosen fields. More information on the Pathways Program can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/students-recent-graduates/.

USDA Internship Program

The USDA Internship Program provides paid work experiences for students who are in high school or pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accredited college or university (including Home-Schooling, Certificate Programs and Community Colleges). Interns may work during the summer, fall, spring or year round. Please apply at: https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads.

USDA Recent Graduates Program

The USDA Recent Graduates Program provides individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs with developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service. Participants must have obtained a degree, or completed a qualifying career or technical education program within the preceding 2 years. Veterans are eligible to participate to the program within 6 years of obtaining a degree or graduating qualifying program. Please apply at: https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads.

USDA Presidential Management Fellows Program

The USDA Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a prestigious, competitive program that is managed by the Office of Personnel Management. The PMF Program supports leadership development for recent graduates who have been pre-qualified or recommended by a network of graduate schools. Graduates are provided with a 2 year appointment at USDA that may lead to conversion to a permanent appointment. More information on the PFM program can be found at: http://www.pmf.gov/.

Questions regarding any of the three USDA Pathways Programs can be directed to: Askusdapathways@dm.usda.gov