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The USDA Internship Program

The USDA Internship Program provides paid and unpaid work experience to 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).

General Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident,
  • At least 16 years of age,
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational institution at least part time, and
  • Be in “good academic standing

Internship Program Information

Name of Internship Deadlines Point of Contact (POC)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) at USDA May, December Carol Scott
USDA Internship Program Year-round Wenndy Carrasco
USDA Internships
Junior Agricultural Ambassador March For Florida & Puerto Rico:
Vladmir Diaz

For Central-Northern California & Washington:
Juan Alvarez
Veterinary Studies Fall Laura A. Sepulveda
National Agricultural Library Year-round Main POC:
Theresa Ridgeway

For NAL Repository:
Melanie Gardner

For the National Invasive Species Information Center:
Joyce Bolton

For DigiTop, USDA's Digital Desktop Library:
Stan Kosecki
International Agricultural March Nikia Sizer
Foreign Agriculture March Nikia Sizer
Wallace-Carver January-March Carol Scott:
Information Technology April Margaret Smith



Affinity Groups Internship Program (Paid or Unpaid work experience)

Name of Internship Deadlines Point of Contact (POC)
HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)

The HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) offers extensive leadership training in conjunction with internship opportunities for college students with federal agencies or major corporations.

Fall: June Summer: Oct Spring: November Sandra Cortez
Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL)

Each summer, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) places over 10 summer interns in the U.S. Federal Government. These internship positions are open to ALL MAJORS, and are suited for individuals looking to gain real-world federal government experience. Many of the CAPAL interns acquire public policy and management skills at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). However, CAPAL also has partnerships with many other federal agencies as well.

February Christine Chen: or
Washington Internship for Native Students (WINS)

The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) offers students of sovereign American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) nations the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, DC. Developed in response to the White House Initiative on American Indians and Alaska Natives, this enriching program offers qualified students full scholarships funded by American University and sponsoring organizations. Participating students will gain professional work experience through interning at a federal agency or private firm, take courses focusing on Native American public policy concerns, and enjoy engaging social and cultural extra-curricular activities.

February Amy Morrill Bijeau
Assistant Dean for Experiential Education Washington Semester Program
American University 202-895-4967
202-904-5397 (Cell)
Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP)

The MBSYEP is a locally funded initiative that provides District youth since 1979 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the government and private sectors for a period of six weeks. The purpose of the SYEP is to expose young people ages 14-24 to various career fields and introduce them to the dynamics of working in a professional and positive work environment. Please visit: for more MBSYEP information.

February/March Michelle Jordan