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  • The Objectives for today’s training are:Provide an overview of the impact that the Student Internship Program has on the Cultural Transformation Initiative.Give an understanding of the On-boarding process, Development and how that leads to retention.A review of resources available for recruiters, coordinator and supervisors. And provide a better understanding of the old and new OPM Hiring Authorities.
  • The Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area of the U. S. Department of Agriculture has Federal leadership responsibility for Advancing scientific knowledge related to agriculture through research, extension, and education. In particular, we welcome young people to consider joining us in a rewarding profession in which the creation and dissemination of knowledge contributes to the well being of the entire human race.
  • The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the largest intramural research agency of USDA. ARS has a workforce of around 8,000 employees, including 2,500 life and physical scientists who represent a wide range of disciplines and who work at more than 100 locations across the country and at five overseas laboratories. The ARS research agenda is broad, with about 1,200 research projects organized under 4 major program areas: Nutrition, Food Safety and Food Quality; Animal Production and Protection; Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems; and Crop Production and Protection. All ARS locations hire students during the school year and summer months. In addition to student jobs, many locations also hire temporary employees for a set period of time, usually not more than 180 days at a time. To learn about student and permanent jobs, click on the Careers link from the ARS web site or any of the Area/location web sites.The Economic Research Service (ERS) is USDA’s primary source of economic information and economic and social science research. ERS’ mission is to anticipate economic and policy issues related to food, agriculture, the environment, and rural development, and conduct research that informs public program and policy decisions. The National Agricultural Library is one of four national libraries of the United States, with locations in Beltsville, Maryland and Washington, D.C. It houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture field libraries. In fiscal year 2011 (Oct 2010 through Sept 2011) NAL delivered more than 100 million direct customer service transactions. NAL has about 150 employees in the Beltsville/DC area.The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is committed to providing timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. Its reports cover virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture, including production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm finances, chemical use, and changes in the demographics of U.S. producers. The National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is USDA’s primary extramural research funding agency. Its mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, and human health and wellbeing by funding targeted research, education, and extension projects and programs, some of which are specific to the Land-Grant University System, others open to participation by other partner organizations.
  • POSITIONS COVERED: Note that citizenship restrictions apply—must be a US citizen, or hold permanent residency. Note also that most federal jobs now require a background check, and in ARS at least, if offered a job, you must complete Optional Form 306, that asks about prior military experience, selective service registration (for men only), convictions/parole/imprisonment), previous employment, debt delinquency, etc.ARSARS has had only very limited permanent positions for the last year and foreseeable future. All ARS permanent positions open to the public are posted on the USAJobs website and all ARS permanent vacancies are posted on the ARS website. About 2 dozen Post-Doc/Research Associate positions are always being recruited. Research Associate (RA) vacancies are posted on USAJobs and on the ARS website. These positions are normally filled at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade level and applicants must hold a PhD and appointments are usually for two years.Three types of temporary positions are often available:Term positions: usually up to two years. Vacancies posted on the ARS and USAJobs websites. Students and non-students eligible, usually full time positions. Limited Appointment: usually up to 180 days, can be renewed, often part-time. Students and non-students eligible. Student employment programs: usually part-time. Student jobs are exceptionally good opportunities to earn a good wage, have interesting work, and learn about job opportunities in the agency you work in as well as federal jobs in general. Be persistent and proactive when seeking jobs. Must be currently enrolled (PT or FT) in a certificate/degree programMust be able to document continued enrollment in the following semesterSome students hired during the academic year, many are also hired just for the summer monthsUsually apply directly to the supervisorVacancies based on need and available fundingCheck each location’s web site for current student/temporary jobsMany ARS Areas also run internship programs; NPA is currently recruiting for 7 internships—click on Careers from the NPA web siteMost internships cover only salary – usually at the GS 3 for undergraduates. Research Scientists and Technicians account for roughly half of all ARS permanent positions. However, ARS also offers many opportunities in administrative type positions – accounting/budget, procurement, property, business/administrative officers, etc. Many current employees have started in one field and have successfully transitioned to other jobs. Keep in mind that many federal jobs start at the lower pay scale. Advancement is most easily accomplished by taking positions that have an automatic promotion providing employees perform satisfactorily. When looking for jobs, look for the “full performance level” which indicates what an employee can reasonably expect to achieve over time.
  • Also, become familiar with each agency’s web site, and always check the Careers/Jobs links.
  • Today we Are a technical service agency. NRCS has a staff of experts from many disciplines who come together to help private landowners conserve natural resources in efficient, smart and sustainable ways. Provide technical guidance as well as financial assistance through the Farm Bill grants to private landownersTo utilize scientific methods to assist farmers and ranchers to plan conservation projects that willReduce ErosionProtect WildlifeEnsure good land useRestore WetlandsManage Watersheds Offices in most counties in the continental United StatesService offices in the Caribbean and Pacific BasinTechnical service centers at nine locations across the United StatesHeadquarters located at the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC
  • We have more than 30,000 employees all over the country, and we have a history and culture of decentralization. We empower our employees to take initiative … to work with partners … to find solutions at the local level. With so many talented people in our agency, there are new ideas every day on how to truly become an agency that looks like the populations we serve. As a decentralized organization, the Forest Service has always been committed to working with rural communities to meet local needs and solve local problems. Today, we are committed more than ever to creating vibrant and resilient rural communities all across America. The President is committed; the Secretary is committed; and so is the Forest Service.Thru Seven Strategic Focus AreasFire research, Invasive species research, Recreation research, Water, Air & Soils R&D, Wildlife and fish research, Resource management, Resource data and analysisThe Forest Service offers a host of opportunities for part-time and temporary employment for students. We also offer internships, student opportunities and scholarships for promising student candidates. GO TO NEXT SLIDE
  • First is the Multicultural Workforce Strategic InitiativesEach year, the Multicultural Workforce Strategic Initiatives (MWSI) program offers a number of opportunities for giving top students with diverse backgrounds access to paid work experience with the Forest Service - as well as the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in natural resource careers. The Forest Service's network of MWSI liaisons connect with colleges, universities and communities nationwide to identify qualified and talented students for the Forest Service. Two Forest Service Programs, the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) provide unparalleled opportunities for you to learn what it's like to work for the Forest Service, while gaining valuable first-hand work experience and earning money.As you can see on the slide we vast opportunities in our agency andour top priorities at the Forest Service is inclusiveness and diversity. We cannot afford to miss out on the skills and abilities, the talents and contributions of what is rapidly becoming the majority of Americans. Diversity of thought is key to successful organizations, and it comes from hiring people from all different backgrounds—rural and urban … male and female … with ethnicities, professions, and perspectives of all kinds.In conclusion with your help and skills the Forest Service will become a fully inclusive organization: an agency where everyone is welcome, respected, and has equal opportunity to contribute and succeed. This is essential if we are going to serve our diverse communities and compete in the job market.Next Slide (contact numbers)
  • I challenge all of to do some research and do your part to ensure the Forest Service excels as an agency that reflects America’s diversity!Thank you. I will be follow by……….
  • Today we Are a technical service agency. NRCS has a staff of experts from many disciplines who come together to help private landowners conserve natural resources in efficient, smart and sustainable ways. Provide technical guidance as well as financial assistance through the Farm Bill grants to private landownersTo utilize scientific methods to assist farmers and ranchers to plan conservation projects that willReduce ErosionProtect WildlifeEnsure good land useRestore WetlandsManage Watersheds Offices in most counties in the continental United StatesService offices in the Caribbean and Pacific BasinTechnical service centers at nine locations across the United StatesHeadquarters located at the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC
  • Today we Are a technical service agency. NRCS has a staff of experts from many disciplines who come together to help private landowners conserve natural resources in efficient, smart and sustainable ways. Provide technical guidance as well as financial assistance through the Farm Bill grants to private landownersTo utilize scientific methods to assist farmers and ranchers to plan conservation projects that willReduce ErosionProtect WildlifeEnsure good land useRestore WetlandsManage Watersheds Offices in most counties in the continental United StatesService offices in the Caribbean and Pacific BasinTechnical service centers at nine locations across the United StatesHeadquarters located at the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC
  • Today we Are a technical service agency. NRCS has a staff of experts from many disciplines who come together to help private landowners conserve natural resources in efficient, smart and sustainable ways. Provide technical guidance as well as financial assistance through the Farm Bill grants to private landownersTo utilize scientific methods to assist farmers and ranchers to plan conservation projects that willReduce ErosionProtect WildlifeEnsure good land useRestore WetlandsManage Watersheds Offices in most counties in the continental United StatesService offices in the Caribbean and Pacific BasinTechnical service centers at nine locations across the United StatesHeadquarters located at the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC
  • Usda sep-outreach pp(revised as of april 26 2012)

    1. 1. U.S. Department of Agriculture Student Employment Programs Recruitment and Diversity - OHRMUSDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. Careers by Educational FieldManagement Agribusiness and Industry Science and Technology 4
    5. 5. Management Careers USDA Agencies Office of Human Resource Management Student Employment Opportunities USDA Agencies Office of Human Resource Management Careers FSA FAS RMA FNS FSIS AMS APHIS Student FS NRCS ARS ERS NASS NIFA GIPSA Employment Opportunities RBS RHS RUS OHRM OIG NFC FManagement Careers FSA FAS RMA FNS FSIS AMS APHIS GIPSA FS NRCS ARS ERS NASS NIFA RBS RHS RUS OHRM OIG NFC F FManagement Accounting/Auditing * Accounting/Auditing * * * * * * * * * * * * * F F Accounting/Auditing * * * * * * * * * * * * * * F Budget Budget Budget * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * R R Contracting/Procurement Contracting/Procurement Contracting/Procurement * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Criminal Justice * * * * * * F Criminal Justice Criminal Justice Equal Opportunity * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * F F Equal Opportunity Equal Opportunity Management/Program Analysis * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * F Personnel Management * * * * * * * * * * * Management/Program Analysis Management/Program Analysis * * * * * * * * * * * * * M Public Affairs * * * * * * * * * * Personnel Management Personnel Management Computer Scinces * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * A M A Public AffairsAgribusiness and Industry * Public Affairs * * * * * * * * * G Agricultural Business * Computer Sciences * Computer Scinces * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * A Agricultural Commoditites * * * * A 5 AAgribusiness and Industry Crop Insurance Administration *
    6. 6. Student Employment OpportunitiesManagement Careers Agribusiness and Industry Careers FSA FAS RMA FNS FSIS AMS APHIS GIPSA FS NRCS ARS ERS NASS NIFA RBS RHS RUS OHRM OIG NFC F F Accounting/Auditing * * * * * * * * * * * * * * F Budget * * * * * * * * * * * R Contracting/Procurement * * * * * * * * * Criminal Justice * * * * * * F Equal Opportunity * * * * * * * * * * * * F Management/Program Analysis * * * * * * * * * * * * * Personnel Management * * * * * USDA Agencies * * * * * * M Public Affairs * * * * * * * Office of Human*Resource Management * * Computer Scinces * * * * * Student Employment Opportunities * * * * * * * * * * A AAgribusiness and Industry Careers FSA FAS RMA FNS FSIS AMS APHIS GIPSA FS NRCS ARS ERS NASS NIFA RBS RHS RUS OHRM OIG NFC FManagement Agricultural Business * * * * * * G F F Accounting/Auditing Agricultural Commoditites * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * A Budget * * * * * * * * * * * R Crop Contracting/Procurement Insurance Administration * * * * * * * * * * Criminal Justice * * * * * * F Crop Insurance Underwriting Equal Opportunity * * * * * * * * * * * * * N F Economics Management/Program Analysis * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * F Personnel Management * * * * * * * * * * * Agricultural Extension Public Affairs * * * * * * * * * * * * M N Agricultural Management Computer Scinces * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * A AAgribusiness and Industry * Agricultural Marketing * * * * * Agricultural Business * * * * * * R G Food ProgramCommoditites Agricultural Management * * * * * A A International Trade Economics Crop Insurance Administration * * * * Crop Insurance Underwriting Loan Management/Finance * * * * * 6 E N Economics * * * * * * * * * F
    7. 7. Management/Program Analysis * * * * * * * * * * * * * Personnel Management * * * * * * * * * * * Science and Technology Careers Public Affairs * * * * * * * * * * Computer Scinces * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Agribusiness and Industry Agricultural Business * * * * * * Agricultural Commoditites * * * * Crop Insurance Administration * Crop Insurance Underwriting * Economics * * * * * * * * * Agricultural Extension * * Agricultural Management * * * * * Agricultural Marketing * * * * * USDA Agencies * Food Program Management * Office of Human Resource Management International Trade Economics * * * Student Employment Opportunities Loan Management/Finance * * * * CareersScience and Technolgoy FSA FAS RMA FNS FSIS AMS APHIS GIPSA FS NRCS ARS ERS NASS NIFA RBS RHS RUS OHRM OIG NFCManagement Agronomy * * * * Animal Science Accounting/Auditing * * * * * * * * ** * ** * * * * * * * Archaeology * Budget * * * * * * * * * * * Contracting/Procurement * Biological Science * * * * * * * * ** * * * * * Criminal Justice Chemistry * * * * * * * * * * * Equal Opportunity * Engineering * * * * * * * * * * ** * * * * Management/Program Analysis * Food Inspection * * * ** * * * * * * * * Personnel Management * * * * * * * * * * * Food Technolgoy * * * * * Public Affairs * * * * * * * * * * Forestry * * Computer Scinces * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Geology/Hydrology * * * *Agribusiness and Industry Landscape Architecture * * Agricultural Business * * * * * * Mathematics/Statistics Agricultural Commoditites * * * * * * Nutrition Crop Insurance Administration * * Plant Pathology/Physiology Crop Insurance Underwriting * * * * * * Soil Sciences/Conservation * Economics * * * * * * ** * * * * Veterinary Medicine Agricultural Extension * * * * * Agricultural Management * Wildlife Biology * * * * * ** 7
    8. 8. U.S. Department of Agriculture Student Employment Program Applicant GuideUSDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. USDA – DM - Revised on 4/5/2012
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. Visit the USDA-Department Management webpage to learn moreSTEP ONE: about agencies and their student employment opportunities 10
    11. 11. • Go to• Click on “Information for Interns”Step One 11
    12. 12. • Click on “Student Employment Programs” under Departmental Management Intern InformationStep One 12
    13. 13. • 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
    14. 14. 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
    15. 15. 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
    16. 16. 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
    17. 17. • After you have created your profile account, aFabiola verification confirmationFabiola message will appear asSmith • To begin 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
    18. 18. STEP THREE: Begin your application through the USDA Student Portal Type: User ID & Password 18
    19. 19. • 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
    20. 20. 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
    21. 21. 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
    22. 22. 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
    23. 23. 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
    24. 24. 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
    25. 25. 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
    26. 26. 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
    27. 27. 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
    28. 28. 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
    29. 29. 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
    30. 30. 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
    31. 31. Continue - Academic Status Information Section• Select your “Academic Major.”Step Three 31
    32. 32. 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
    33. 33. 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
    34. 34. 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
    35. 35. 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
    36. 36. • 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
    37. 37. • 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
    38. 38. 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
    39. 39. 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
    40. 40. Confirmation Message Section• This message served as your confirmation to acknowledge that your application was successfully submitted.Step Three 40
    41. 41. Confirmation Message Section • This message served asFrom: a second confirmation toDate: 10 Apr 2012 11:29:49 -0400 acknowledge that yourTo: <> 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 @***Please do not respond directly to this e-mail. The originating e-mail account is notmonitored.*** Step Three 41
    42. 42. Mission Areas
    43. 43. Research, Education and Economics (REE)
    44. 44. 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).
    45. 45. 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
    46. 46. 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
    47. 47. 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
    48. 48. Point of Contact for REE InternshipsAgricultural Research Service Mary Weber 301-504-1397National Agricultural Statistics Mary DeNardo 202-720-4971 ServiceNational Institute of Food and Eboni Wiggins 301-504-1757 AgricultureEconomic Research Service Loretta Miller 202-694-5379 (Serves ERS)
    49. 49. Food Safety (FS)
    50. 50. 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
    51. 51. Application Process and Point of Contact• For FSIS internships:  Non-veterinary Students: submit your application via or send your resume and transcript to  Veterinary students: apply for the Veterinary Student Employment Program announcement via available November-December• For FSIS externships (student volunteers):  Email• Point of Contact: Laura Sepulveda 202-720-9401
    52. 52. Natural Resourcesand Environment (NRE)
    53. 53. 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”
    54. 54. 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.
    55. 55. FS Application ProcessApplication Packages sent to 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
    56. 56. Point of Contact for FS Internships• Apply at:• Send a one page resume to:• Contacts:  National Employment Manager: Pedro M. Nieto:  National Student Recruiter: Julie Ortiz:  National Veteran Recruiter: Sonia Montoya:  MWSI Manager: Berlinda Baca:  National Student Veteran & Disabilities:
    57. 57. Natural ResourcesConservation Service (NRCS)
    58. 58. How Can You Be Involved? NRCS Careers: • Soil Conservationist • Rangeland Specialist • Soil Scientist • Civil/Agricultural Engineer • Biologist
    59. 59. Point of Contact for NRCS Internships• To apply, submit to:  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  or 202-690-3477
    60. 60. Farm and ForeignAgriculture Service (FFAS)
    61. 61. 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.
    62. 62. 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.
    63. 63. 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.
    64. 64. 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
    65. 65. Point of Contact for FFAS InternshipsFor more information on RMA and FSA, please contact:Keisha Jones, Program Manager at keisha.jones@wdc.usda.govFor more information on FAS, please contact:Nikia Sizer, Program Manager at
    66. 66. Marketing andRegulatory Programs (MRP)
    67. 67. 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)
    68. 68. MRP Student Internship OpportunitiesAgency Positions Locations Agricultural Marketing Trainee Market Reporting Trainee AMS Administrative Assistant/Clerk Agricultural Commodity Grader Economist Trainee Veterinary Student Trainee Throughout the US Biological Science Lab TechnicianAPHIS Biological Science Student Trainee Animal Health Technician Administrative Assistant/Clerk Agricultural Marketing TraineeGIPSA Agricultural Commodity Grader Administrative Assistant/Clerk
    69. 69. Application Process & MRP Point of Contact• Applying to MRP internships:  For summer student positions and for other internship or scholarship opportunities, please visit• MRP Point of Contact: Heidi Bock MRP Student Employment Coordinator 612-336-3343
    70. 70. Food, Nutrition andConsumer Services (FNCS)
    71. 71. 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
    72. 72. 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
    73. 73. 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  For FNS (non-paid volunteer program) email
    74. 74. Interns Success Stories
    75. 75. 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.
    76. 76. Join Our Team!
    77. 77. Student Employment Program Contact InformationApplicant Program Manager 77
    78. 78. Department Student Employment Program ManagerGeneral Questions:Wenndy Carrasco, M.P.A.Student Employment Program ManagerOffice of Human Resources or USDA.internships@dm.usda.gov202-260-8335For technical questions, send inquiries via email at 78
    79. 79. Mission Areas Student Employment Program Managers Agency Contact Email PhoneFarm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS)Farm Services Agency Keisha Valentine-Jones 202-401-0228Risk Management AgencyForeign Agriculture Service Nikia Sizer 202-401-0176Food, Nutrition and Consumer ServicesFood and Nutrition Service Joanie Dilone 703-305-2463Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Serves FNS and CNPPFood Safety Laura Sepulveda 202-720-9401Food Safety and Inspection ServiceNatural Resources and Environment (NRE)Forest Service Laura Medina 505-563-9262Natural Resources Conservation Service Tanya Robles 202-720-0768Office of Environmental MarketsMarketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) Heidi Bock 612-336-3343Agricultural Marketing Service;Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service;Grain Inspection, Packers, and StockyardsAdministrationOffice of the Inspector General Candace Samuels 202-720-7538Research, Education and Economics (REE)Agricultural Research Service Mary Weber 301-504-1397National Agricultural Statistics Service Mary DeNardo 202-720-4971National Institute of Food and Agriculture Eboni Wiggins 301-504-1757Economic Research Service Loretta Miller 202-694-5379Rural Development (RD) Leslie McBroom 202-692-0199 79
    80. 80. 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 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: