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Recent Graduates Program

Recent Graduates at USDAThe Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply). Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. The program last 1 year (unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program).



Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two (2) years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.


Training and Development

  • Orientation program for Recent Graduates hired for the Program.
  • Mentorship throughout the Program. 
  •  Individual Development Plan (IDP) to create and track the Recent Graduate’s career planning, professional development, and training activities.
  • At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the Program.
  • Positions offer opportunity for career advancement.