Department Of Agriculture, Ag...
Washington D.C.
Mar 16, 2017
Mar 23, 2017
Full Time

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.

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These are temporary, part-time (20 hrs/week) positions not-to-exceed 1 year, and may be extended in 1 year increments up to 8 years in total, as long as the student remains eligible for the program.

The Agricultural Research Service is seeking qualified students to participate in the Pathways Internship Program. This temporary appointment is expected to begin in May/June 2017. Internships are open to individuals who have been accepted for enrollment or who are enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Students seeking degrees in Library Sciences are highly desired.

These positions are located in the National Agricultural Library (NAL), Information Products Division (IPD), Information & Customer Services Branch (ICSB), Nutrition & Food Safety Program (NFSP). NFSP includes both the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) and the Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO). 

The primary purpose of this position is to support the Technical Information Specialists in both nutrition and food safety with website development, reference, communications, and content development, including conducting literature research for trends in specific areas such as nutrition, sustainability, food safety, and other areas to envision new products and services; provide services to NAL and its partners, ARS, USDA personnel, researchers, scholars and the public. The employee also provides traditional library services and information to a variety of national and international users of NAL.

PLEASE NOTE:  This vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at 11:59 pm ET on the closing date identified above or the day we receive the 100th application, whichever occurs first.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age and meet state and federal employment laws
  • Must successfully pass a background check/security investigation.
  • Must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher).
  • Must sign a participant agreement prior to appointment.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    Program Eligibility Requirements

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Applicants must be seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) and be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or equivalent) throughout the duration of their program.

    • The duties of the position must be related to either the student’s academic or career goals. 

    Qualification Requirements 

    • Applicants will be assessed/evaluated through application of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Schedule D, Pathways Internship Positions.

    GS-05:  Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelors degree or equivalent degree. 

    *A Bachelor's of Science or degree in Library Sciences is highly desired.*

    All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

    A post-secondary certificate program must have been completed at a qualified educational institution equivalent to at least 1 academic year or full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

    Students must be at least 16 years of age and meet Federal, State and Local laws governing the employment of minors.

    Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution.

    Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

    If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    Must be a U.S. citizen prior to non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position.

    Not Applicable

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