Public Affairs (Student Trainee USDA Pathways Internship Program)

Washington D.C.
Apr 14, 2017
Apr 24, 2017
Full Time

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for protecting the publics health by ensuring the safety of the nations commercial supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products.   

USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. It’s ranked as one of the top 10 “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” by the Partnership for Public Service (  Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience. For more information on USDA and the Food Safety and Inspection Service, visit

This position is in the Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education (OPACE). This is a SUMMER INTERN POSITION (12 week appointment between May 1 - September 30, 2017). This is an Excepted Service appointment.  

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

  • Not Required

  • No

  • Must meet Pathways Program requirements.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must complete and pass a background security investigation
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or Foreign National Eligible
  • Must be enrolled at 1/2 time or accepted as a degree seeking student.
  • Must show proof of enrollment for current semester.
  • Must have at least 1 year of academic study remaining.
  • To qualify for the USDA Pathways Internship Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Must be enrolled at least half- time or accepted as a degree seeking student.
    • Must have at least one year of academic study remaining toward completion of current academic degree.
    • Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution.
    • Must submit unofficial transcript(s). Official transcript(s) will be required, if applicant is selected for a position).
    • 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.
    • If you are a student veteran, complete the questionnaire and submit documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, SF-15 and proof of requested on the SF-15 if claiming 10-point Veterans’ preference or DD-2014 if claiming 5 point preference or VEOA eligibility (separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service.

    To qualify for the USDA Pathways Internship Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • To qualify for the GS-07 level - Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision after completing a bachelors degree.

    ***Outstanding academic achievement must be demonstrated by an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better, on a 4.0 scale; standing in the top 10 percent of the student’s graduating class; and/or induction into a nationally-recognized scholastic honor society.

    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 signed participant agreement will be required for employment under Pathways.
    • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Must complete and pass a background and security investigation.