The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a regulatory public health agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Our mission is to protect consumers by ensuring that meat, poultry, and processed egg products are safe, wholesome, and properly labeled and packaged.
Each year FSIS funds a number of paid internships throughout the United States. These positions provide students with an opportunity to gain experience working for FSIS in a wide variety of positions. The following descriptions are some, but not all, of the possible available internships.
Possible Internship Positions (Paid)
Job Locations and Salary
Positions are located throughout the United States. FSIS may pay travel expenses to get students to their duty station at the beginning of the summer and back to their school location at the end of the summer, as well as housing expenses for the summer. Salaries vary depending on position and location.
How to Apply for an Internship (Paid):
Applicants may apply to any of FSIS' Internship Program announcements posted via USAJobs (www.usajobs.gov). Applicants are encourage to visit USAJobs and submit applications following the instructions on the "how to apply" section of the vacancy announcement.
The Volunteer Student Program (VSP) provides experience that is directly related to the student's education and career goals. We have developed the VSP to provide students with valuable career related work experience in our public health agency.
This non-paid educational opportunity usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks and can be completed throughout the calendar year dependent upon the student's schedule and the program availability. There is no reimbursement of expenses or a salary provided. The student will be responsible for housing and transportation during this experience. Students are encouraged to find a location where they can stay with family/friends or near their college.
Eligibility requirements for the Volunteer Student Program
FSIS is recognized for its excellence in supporting diversity and for strategic management of human capital.
How to Apply for an Externship (Unpaid):
Please email FSISStudentjobs@fsis.usda.gov the following information:
If you have any questions about the program. please email Laura.Sepulveda@fsis.usda.gov.
If you claim veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD 214. If you claim a 10-point veterans' preference, you must also complete a SF 15 in addition to providing a copy of your DD 214.
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