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U.S. Department of Agriculture Student Employment Programs Recruitment and Diversity - OHRMUSDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Table of Content• USDA Agencies Mission Areas and Offices, page 3• Careers by Educational Field, page 4• Application Guide-, page 7• Mission Areas, page 41• Success Stories, page 73• Point of contacts, page 76• Most Frequently Asked Questions, page 79 2
USDA Mission Areas and Administrative Offices Mission AreasNatural Resources and Environment Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Research, Education and Economics • Forest Service (FS) • Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion • Agricultural Research Service (ARS) • Natural Resources Conservation (CNPP) • Economic Research Service (ERS) Service (NRCS) • Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) • National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Marketing and Regulatory Programs • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) • Farm Service Agency (FSA) • Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) • Animal and Plant Health Inspection • National Agriculture Library (NAL) • Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) • Risk Management Agency (RMA) Service (APHIS) • Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)Rural Development Food Safety • Rural Development (RD) • Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Administrative Offices• Office of the Chief Information Officer • Office of the Inspector General (OIG) • Office of Budget and Program Analysis (OBPA) (OCIO) • Office of the General Counsel (OGC) • Departmental Management• Office of the Chief Economics (OCE) • Office of Communications (OC) • Office of Congressional Relations (OCR)• Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) • Office of Environmental Markets (OEM) • Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)• Office of the Executive Secretariat (OES) • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil • Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO)• National Appeals Division (NAD) Rights (OASCR) • Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership (FBNP) 3
Careers by Educational FieldManagement Agribusiness and Industry Science and Technology 4
U.S. Department of Agriculture Student Employment Program Applicant GuideUSDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. USDA – DM - Revised on 4/5/2012
Application ProcessThe application process consists of threesteps: 1. Visit the USDA OHRM webpage to learn more about agencies and their student employment opportunities 2. Create a profile account 3. Fill out the application in the USDA Student Portal 9
Visit the USDA-Department Management webpage to learn moreSTEP ONE: about agencies and their student employment opportunities 10
• Go to www.dm.usda.gov• Click on “Information for Interns”Step One 11
• Click on “Student Employment Programs” under Departmental Management Intern InformationStep One 12
• To apply for our Student Intern Program (SIP), click “Apply Now”.• To review the steps to apply to the SIP program, click the “Applicant Guide”.Step One 13
STEP TWO: Create a profile account • You will be prompted to the “Sign In/Login.” • Click “click here” to create your account. • All information provide through this site is secured and protected. 14
Creating Your Profile Account• Provide: First Name Last Name Zip-code Country Name Email address• Confirm your email address: Provide a personal email address if you are not able to gain access to your school email account.• User ID: Your user name will be letters or numbers or characters used in your email account. Step Two 15
Choosing a password• When choosing a password read the following instructions. Sample password 7Ca#Bt2q• Confirm your password by re-typing it.• Choose two secret questions and answers in case you forget your “User ID” or “Password,” we can retread it for you.• Click “Update” and proceed to confirm your information. Step Two 16
• After you have created your profile account, aFabiola verification confirmationFabiola message will appear asSmith follows.Fsmith@yahoo.com • To begin yourFsmith@yahoo.com application, click “Home Page” and provide yourFsmith ID and Password. • Please double checkDisneyland that your information is correct before clicking the “submit” option.Elmo Step Two 17
STEP THREE: Begin your application through the USDA Student Portal Type: User ID & Password 18
• Before you start your application read the following:Click “Vacancies” to view what opportunities are available.Click “Instructions on “How to upload your documents.”Click “View Application” to begin your application.Step Three 19
Internship Vacancy Announcements• Read the announcements and remember the job announcement.• You will be allowed to proceed and choose the vacancy announcement you wish to apply, after you completed your application.• If there is no vacancy announcement or the vacancy announcement does not apply to you, submit your application to be considered for a general internship opportunity.Step Three 20
Choose Internship Session Section• Choose an Internship session.• Choose the following: Start date - when do you want to begin your internship, End date – when do you want end it Hours – how many hours you are available to work Type of internship you are looking for• After that, click “save” and move to the “next page.” We strongly encourage you to always save your answer before moving to the next section.Step Three 21
Contact Information Section• Provide your contact information. Any information with a red asterisk (*) is required.• You will not be able to move to the next page until this information is provided.Step Three 22
Eligibility Section• If you are not sure what is your eligibility, please click FAQ.• After that, click “save” and move to the “next page.”Step Three 23
Background Information Section• As part of the “Background Information,” please tell us how did you find out about USDA internship opportunities by selecting from the following options: Recruitment/Outreach Social Networks USDA Affinity Group.Step Three 24
Background Information Section Continue• We also want to know if you hold a security clearance.• After that, click “save” and move to the “next page.” Step Three 25
Applicant Data Section (Supporting Documentation) • Select the following: Gender Race/Ethnicity Living environment Veterans Status Disability Status • After that, click “save” and move to the “next page.”USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER. Step Three 26
Applicant Data Section (Supporting Documentation) • Select your “Veterans Preference.” • Read which documents we accept as proof of eligibility. • To upload documents, click “Instructions on How to Upload Your Documents” located in the heading. • After that, click “save” and move to the “next page.”USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER. Step Three 27
Applicant Data Section (Supporting Documentation) • Select your “Disability Status.” • Read which documents we accept as proof of eligibility. • Upload documents. • If you need accommodations, explain what type. • After that, click “save” and move to the “next page.”USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER. Step Three 28
Interest Area Section• Select your area of interest.• Scroll down to continue viewing areas of interest.• Choose your location State Agency Field Office or Headquarters (DC, MD or VA).• After that, click “save” and move to the “next page.”Step Three 29
Education - Academic Status Information Section• Provide the following information: Academic Status Academic Level Cumulative GPA Full-time or Part- time status Degree anticipated Anticipated graduation Academic majorStep Three 30
Continue - Academic Status Information Section• Select your “Academic Major.”Step Three 31
Continue - Academic Status Information Section• If you don’t find your “major/field” type it here.• Upload your Resume by clicking “Select Files.”• After that, click “save” and move to the “next page.”Step Three 32
INSTRUCTIONS FOR UPLOADING DOCUMENTS1. Click on the button first By 5. Once the document is uploaded the uploaded document will beclicking on the selected file button a window similar displayed in a table at the bottom of the page where you will beto the one shown below will open. able to view them.2. Select the PDF document you want to upload. 6. Same instructions need to be followed for uploading (Resumes, Transcripts and DD-214, and Schedule B certifications. 7. To upload Transcripts, just you must click the “Add School and Continue.3. All the selected files will appear in the File name: text then Clickon the Open button. You will see a progress bar for each file that Please Click "Save & Continue.." button to save all the schoolyou have selected as shown below. information that you have provided and continue with uploading transcripts(s) and/or other related Document(s).4. Click on the Upload All link to upload the documents to theweb site. Once the Files are uploaded the following confirmationmessage will appear which included the number of filessuccessfully uploaded. 8/2/2012 Step Three 33 33
Education - School Information Section• In this section, list the school(s) in which you are currently registered and upload your transcript and/or letter of acceptance.• To upload more than one school, scroll down and click: (follow the instructions)Step Three 34
Education - School Information Section• Click here to add more than one school and upload transcripts.• The document will be uploaded into the application as it appears here.• As part of your application, please list work experience dates (Month, Day, Year) and number of hours worked per week. If this information is not submitted, your work experience will not be credited.• Click submit.Step Three 35
• How do I know each section is completed? When you see a check mark on each box!• If the check mark is not on the box, click “Previous Page” to go back to each section of your application and review it.• All the boxes should be checked before processing for submission.• Submit your application by clicking continue.Step Three 36
• After submitting your application, you will be prompted to review one more time your completed application.• Print a copy of your application for your records. The copy will be in PDF. Just save it in your documents.• Click proceed to submit your applicationStep Three 37
Certification and Submission Section• Please certify and submit your application.• If you make any changes to any section of your application, you must return to this page and recertify those changes for them to be considered.Step Three 38
Agencies Internship Vacancy Announcements• After submitting your application, you will be allowed to proceed and choose the vacancy announcement you wish to apply.• If you don’t qualify for any of the vacancy announcement based of skills needed, your application will qualify you for a general internship opportunity. Remember that our Agencies and Administrative Offices are always looking to hire students throughout the year.Step Three 39
Confirmation Message Section• This message served as your confirmation to acknowledge that your application was successfully submitted.Step Three 40
Confirmation Message Section • This message served asFrom: StudentPortal@ocio.usda.gov a second confirmation toDate: 10 Apr 2012 11:29:49 -0400 acknowledge that yourTo: <email@example.com> application wasSubject: Student Internship Program successfully submitted.Your application is successfully submitted for the following vacancy.Job Number : RMA-HQ-SUM-12-04-WDCAgency : RMAYou can always view your application details @ http://www.studentapplication.usda.gov/***Please do not respond directly to this e-mail. The originating e-mail account is notmonitored.*** Step Three 41
Research, Education and Economics (REE)
Research, Education and Economics (REE)Mission Areas:The Research, Education and Economics (REE) MissionArea is dedicated to the creation of asafe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber systemand strong, healthy communities, families, and youththrough integrated research, analysis and education.• The five agencies are: The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) The Economic Research Service (ERS), The National Agricultural Library (NAL), The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Agricultural Research Service Type of Job Opportunities at ARS Jobs ARS ERS NASS NIFAResearch Scientists √ - - -Postdoctoral Research Associates √ * - *Professional, Administrative, andTechnical Staff √ √ √ √Secretarial and Clerical Staff √ √ √ √Trades and Crafts Workers √ - - -Student and Summer Employees √ √ √ √ • Internships √ -√ -√ -√ • Scholarships √ √ √ √ • Other Fellowships - - - √ • Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF) √ √ √ √ • Volunteer Opportunities √ * √ * - = Not available * = Some times √ = Available
National Agricultural Statistics ServiceThe statistics agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Provides timely, accurate, useful statistics Conducts the Census of Agriculture every five years and hundreds of surveys each year Policymakers, farmers, businesses, and community planners use our data
NASS Intern OpportunitiesNASS primary career paths Survey Statistician Mathematical Statistician IT SpecialistNASS hires from many majorsAgricultural economics and science * Computer science * Demography *Engineering * GIS * Information science * Mathematics * Statistics
Point of Contact for REE InternshipsAgricultural Research Service Mary Weber Mary.Weber@ars.usda.gov 301-504-1397National Agricultural Statistics Mary DeNardo Mary.DeNardo@nass.usda.gov 202-720-4971 ServiceNational Institute of Food and Eboni Wiggins Eboni.Wiggins@ars.usda.gov 301-504-1757 AgricultureEconomic Research Service Loretta Miller firstname.lastname@example.org 202-694-5379 (Serves ERS)
Food Safety (FS)
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)Our mission: • Ensure the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe, wholesome, correctly labeled and packaged • Career opportunities: Public Health Inspection Scientific and Technical Administrative and Professional
Application Process and Point of Contact• For FSIS internships: Non-veterinary Students: submit your application via www.studentapplication.usda.gov or send your resume and transcript to email@example.com Veterinary students: apply for the Veterinary Student Employment Program announcement via www.USAJobs.gov available November-December• For FSIS externships (student volunteers): Email firstname.lastname@example.org• Point of Contact: Laura Sepulveda 202-720-9401 email@example.com
Natural Resourcesand Environment (NRE)
Forest Service (FS) • 5 Research Stations Forest Products Laboratory • 1 International Institute of Tropical Forestry • 77 Research Units • 67 Locations • 81 Experimental Forests • 370 Research Natural Areas • 550 Research Scientists “Science Serving Society”
FS Educational Qualifications• Degrees: High School Associate Degree B.S. Degree M.S. Degree Ph.D. Degree• Forest Service hires for professional, technical, clerical and administrative positions.• The Forest Service hires up to 3, 000 Students depending on work needs and budget.• Hiring for Student Temporary positions take place as early as March and may last through September.• SCEP students are hired year round.• Recruitment for these positions start as early as November of each year.
FS Application ProcessApplication Packages sent to Recruiter@fs.fed.us should include the following: • A cover letter to include information about the student and why they want to work for the forest Service • A current resume, to include references • Up-to-date college transcripts OR High School report Card. Unofficial transcripts/report cards or copies will be accepted if legible but must be include current GPA and degree program • Letter of Acceptance or Letter of Enrollment from educational institutions • DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or other relevant documentation, if claiming Veteran’s Preference • Geographic Location Preference NOTE: DO NOT put Social Security Numbers on any documents
Point of Contact for FS Internships• Apply at: http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs/• Send a one page resume to: http://www.studentapplication.usda.gov• Contacts: National Employment Manager: Pedro M. Nieto: firstname.lastname@example.org National Student Recruiter: Julie Ortiz: email@example.com National Veteran Recruiter: Sonia Montoya: firstname.lastname@example.org MWSI Manager: Berlinda Baca: email@example.com National Student Veteran & Disabilities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural ResourcesConservation Service (NRCS)
How Can You Be Involved? NRCS Careers: • Soil Conservationist • Rangeland Specialist • Soil Scientist • Civil/Agricultural Engineer • Biologist
Point of Contact for NRCS Internships• To apply, submit to: NRCS.email@example.com Resume Copy of Transcripts Letter of Interest with desired location• Nationwide Opportunities• Stipends to assist with transportation or housing may be available• Tanya Robles, Student Program Coordinator, NRCS Tanya.Robles@wdc.usda.gov or 202-690-3477
Farm and ForeignAgriculture Service (FFAS)
Farm Service Agency (FSA)• FSA ensures the well-being of American agriculture, the environment, and the American public through the administration of farm commodity program; farm ownership. operating and emergency loans conservation and environment program emergency and disaster assistance domestic and international food assistance• FSA programs are delivered through an extensive network of offices located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS)• FAS works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products. FAS operates market development and assistance programs designed to build new markets and improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace.• FAS programs help U.S, exporters develop and maintain markets overseas for hundreds of food and agricultural products, from bulk commodities to brand-name items.
Risk Management Agency (RMA)• RMA administers the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) programs and promotes national welfare by improving the economic stability of agriculture through a secure system of crop insurance and risk management tools.• RMA meets the crop insurance and risk management needs of the Nation’s small and limited-resource farmers and ranchers through a network of public and private-sector partners.• Together, RMA and these partners create new crop insurance and risk management products, provide risk management education and outreach, and ensure program accessibility and integrity.
FFAS Student Employment Programs• FFAS actively participates in a variety of student programs offered during the summer and year-round.• We offer challenging careers, career development opportunities, excellent benefits, and competitive salaries.• FFAS participates in the following student employment programs: USDA/1890 National Scholars Program (1890) 1994 Tribal Scholar Program (1994) Public Service Leaders Scholars Program Washington Internship for Native Students (WINS) Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Summer Internship Program (SIP) Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) International Agricultural Internship Program (FAS ONLY) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF) Student Volunteer Program
Point of Contact for FFAS InternshipsFor more information on RMA and FSA, please contact:Keisha Jones, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more information on FAS, please contact:Nikia Sizer, Program Manager at Nikia.Sizer@wdc.usda.gov
Marketing andRegulatory Programs (MRP)
Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP)• MRP facilitates domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and ensures the health and care of animals and plants.• Agencies: Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)
Application Process & MRP Point of Contact• Applying to MRP internships: For summer student positions and for other internship or scholarship opportunities, please visit www.USAJobs.gov• MRP Point of Contact: Heidi Bock MRP Student Employment Coordinator 612-336-3343 Heidi.L.Bock@aphis.usda.gov
Food, Nutrition andConsumer Services (FNCS)
Food and Nutrition ServiceOur mission:• To provide children and needy families better access to food and a more healthful diet through its food assistance programs and comprehensive nutrition education efforts.• FNS works in partnership with the States in all its programs. Headquarter is located in Alexandria VA with offices in 7 Regions to include: √ Robbinsville, NJ √ Chicago, IL √ Denver, CO √ San Francisco, CA √ Boston, MA √ Atlanta, GA √ Dallas, TX
Food and Nutrition Service• FNS Programs: √ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) √ Womens, Infants, and Children (WIC) √ School Breakfast Program √ School Lunch Program √ Summer Food Service Program √ Child and Adult Care Food Program
FNS Student Internship Opportunities• Career opportunities: √ Program Analyst Food and Nutrition Service √ Nutritionist √ Dietitian (FNS) √ Management Analyst √ Budget/Financial Specialist √ Accountant• Point of Contact: When available, internships will be advertised using the USDA Student Portal. Submit your application via www.studentapplication.usda.gov For FNS (non-paid volunteer program) email Joanie.Dilone@fns.usda.gov
Interns Success Stories
Former Interns Success StoriesLazaro Sandoval works at USDA-FAS – Office of Global Analysis (OGA) as anInternational Trade Specialist. He graduated from Fresno State, a HACU memberinstitution, with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Business. As an undergraduatehe completed two internships with the USDA through the HACU National InternshipProgram. Lazaro also worked with many agencies within the USDA at the national,regional, and local level; such as FSA, RD, APHIS, FAS, and AMS. In summer 2010,Lazaro became the first Fresno State student to intern through the prestigiousUSDA-FAS International Agricultural Internship Program (IAIP).Idelisse Rodríguez currently works as a program analyst for the USDA GrainInspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). She is living testimony ofthe great opportunities that the USDA offers Hispanic students like herself who areinterested in public service. Idelisse started working with GIPSA eight years ago as asummer intern under the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities InternshipProgram also known as HACU. She worked as a HACU intern for two consecutivesummers. In 2004, after completing a Bachelors Degree in Economics at HaverfordCollege, she returned to work with GIPSA permanently as a compliance officer.GIPSA gave her the opportunity to complete her graduate studies at GeorgetownUniversity in Business Communications through the Student Career EnhancementProgram. Idelisse also works as the Hispanic Special Emphasis Program Managerfor her agency and recently completed GIPSA’s Leadership Development Program.
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Department Student Employment Program ManagerGeneral Questions:Wenndy Carrasco, M.P.A.Student Employment Program ManagerOffice of Human Resources ManagementWenndy.Carrasco@dm.usda.gov or USDA.email@example.comFor technical questions, send inquiries via email at DMAPPSERVICES_DL@ocio.usda.gov 78
Mission Areas Student Employment Program Managers Agency Contact Email PhoneFarm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS)Farm Services Agency Keisha Valentine-Jones firstname.lastname@example.org 202-401-0228Risk Management AgencyForeign Agriculture Service Nikia Sizer email@example.com 202-401-0176Food, Nutrition and Consumer ServicesFood and Nutrition Service Joanie Dilone FNSOpportunities@fns.usda.gov 703-305-2463Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Serves FNS and CNPPFood Safety Laura Sepulveda firstname.lastname@example.org 202-720-9401Food Safety and Inspection ServiceNatural Resources and Environment (NRE)Forest Service Laura Medina email@example.com 505-563-9262Natural Resources Conservation Service Tanya Robles firstname.lastname@example.org 202-720-0768Office of Environmental MarketsMarketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) Heidi Bock email@example.com 612-336-3343Agricultural Marketing Service;Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service;Grain Inspection, Packers, and StockyardsAdministrationOffice of the Inspector General Candace Samuels firstname.lastname@example.org 202-720-7538Research, Education and Economics (REE)Agricultural Research Service Mary Weber email@example.com 301-504-1397National Agricultural Statistics Service Mary DeNardo firstname.lastname@example.org 202-720-4971National Institute of Food and Agriculture Eboni Wiggins email@example.com 301-504-1757Economic Research Service Loretta Miller firstname.lastname@example.org 202-694-5379Rural Development (RD) Leslie McBroom email@example.com 202-692-0199 79
Most Frequently Asked QuestionsWHAT DOES A COMPLETE APPLICATION INCLUDE?• Online Application Form• Resume (upload)• Transcript (unofficial is acceptable) (upload)All items are to be electronically submitted as part of the application. Please upload the documents in Word or PDF format and followthe instructions when uploading the documents.WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DUE?Applications are accepted beginning the last week of January through the last week of April of each year and notification ofplacements are made between mid - April and mid - May of each year. Orientation day starts in mid-June for headquarter internsand orientation for field interns starts on their first day of work.WHEN ARE PLACEMENTS MADE?Agency student employment coordinators search the repository application database and can select your application. The studentemployment coordinator then verifies whether an available position exists within the agency, and at the requested field office, for astudent with your characteristics and qualifications (college major, work experience background, skill-set). The studentemployment coordinator will forward the application to a hiring manager based on your characteristics.The hiring manager interviews and selects the student. Once the hiring manager selects the student and makes the offer, theAgency student employment coordinator makes the arrangements for placement at the agency, providing selectee withinformational materials for placement and orientation schedule .CONTACT INFORMATION FOR USDA STUDENT PROGRAMSIf you have any questions or concerns, please send your inquiry via email at USDA.Internships@dm.usda.gov. In the subject areawrite: “Student Employment Program.”For technical questions ONLY regarding the “Student Portal” site, please direct your questions or concerns to the following emailaddress: Dmappservices_DL@ocio.usda.gov.