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Summer Internships

Spend the summer of 2016 at the Economic Research Service (ERS), 355 E Street, SW, Washington, DC as a Student Trainee (Economics), Student Trainee (Information Technology) or Student Trainee (Office Automation).

The Pathways Program offers paths to Federal employment for students to begin their careers in the Federal Government. The program provides students enrolled in a variety of educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in Federal agencies and explore Federal careers. There are three components in the Pathways Program: Internship, Recent Graduate, and Presidential Management Fellows. To obtain more information about the Pathways Program, visit https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads.

This year, ERS is selecting students for the Summer Internship Program (SIP). The SIP work experience begins when the student is available and ends before or on September 30, 2016.

Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time at an accredited school (high school, technical or vocational school, 2 or 4 year college, university, graduate, or professional school) and be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or better). Students are hired to work full-time but may work part-time if discussed when student is hired. The summer internship positions are advertised via https://www.usajobs.gov/. Following are the announcement numbers for the positions:

Student Trainee (Economics), GS-0199-04/05/07/09 (Close: Tuesday February 16, 2016)

Student Trainee (Info Tech), GS-2299-04/05 (Closed:Thursday February 4, 2016)

Student Trainee (Office Automation), GS-0399-04 (Closed:Thursday February 4, 2016)

To apply for positions see section "Your application must include". For assistance in the application process, visit Applying for a Position PDF icon (16x16).  Applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Thursday, February 11, 2016 for Student Trainee (Info Tech) and Student Trainee (Office Automation), and Tuesday, February 16, 2016 for Student Trainee (Economics).


Positions Available:

Student Trainee (Economics) GS-0199-04/05/07/09, multiple positions
Summer interns will focus on economic research.

During your internship, you will:

  • Gain valuable experience working with ERS research teams to conduct policy-relevant research on agriculture, environment, and food-related topics.
  • Participate in various aspects of the research process, such as data collection/compilation, model selection, analysis, literature reviews, and/or preparation of published manuscripts reporting findings.
  • Have opportunities to work with ERS’ extensive data and GIS resources.

Qualifications:

Student Trainee (Info Tech) GS-2299-04/05, three positions
Summer interns will resolve application design problems and web security as identified and appropriate.

During your internship, you will:

  • Focus on providing support for the IT infrastructure and responding to computer problems.
  • Provide desktop support (operating systems, software installs, etc.) and respond to problems related to ERS-developed applications.
  • Respond to requests for help received via phone, e-mail, and face-to-face walk-ins.
  • Have the opportunity to work with Local Area and Wide Area Network Specialists on special projects.

Qualifications for IT positions:

  • Undergraduate interns must be working on a degree from a 4-year college or university.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and to meet project requirements on time with little supervision.
  • For more information, visit Qualification Standard for Pathways Internship Positions

Student Trainee (Office Automation) GS-0399-04, one position
Summer interns will perform clerical and administrative duties in supporting the technology services staff.

During your internship, you will:

  • Use office automation equipment and software packages to type, edit, and create a variety of standard documents.
  • Ensure all clerical and administrative tasks are accurately completed and distributed.
  • Maintain office files and other reference materials.
  • Serve as an administrative and clerical backup for other staff members.
  • Have the opportunity to work with professional technology staff in supporting the agency mission.

Qualifications for Office Automation position:

  • Undergraduate interns must be working on a degree from a 4-year college or university.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and to meet project requirements on time with little supervision.
  • For more information, visit Qualification Standard for Pathways Internship Positions

Benefits:

 Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants have been accepted for enrollment and/or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and planning to continue their education in the fall semester.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.

 Your application must include:

  • Job announcement number TAG:
    • ERS-PATH-0013: Student Trainee (Economics) - Pathways Intern, GS-0199-04/05/07/09
    • ERS-PATH-0015: Student Trainee (Info Tech) - Pathways Intern, GS-2299-04/05
    • ERS-PATH-0016A: Student Trainee (Office Automation) - Pathways Intern, GS-0399-04
  • Series and grade level you are applying for (GS-0199, GS-2299, and/or GS-0399)
  • Resume
  • Proof of enrollment in the form of letters, records, or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college, or university
  • A copy of your college transcripts
  • Veteran’s Preference- submit your DD-214 (if applicable).

If your application package does not contain all required documents, you may lose consideration for the position. Please do not include your Social Security Number on your resume or supporting documents.

What to expect next:

  • Your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements.
  • Qualified applicants will be referred to the ERS selecting official for consideration. If there are qualified candidates with veterans' preference, only those applicants will be referred to the hiring manager.
  • All documents must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Agency Contact Person for Pathways Program Summer Internship

Loretta Miller
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Economic Research Service
355 E Street, SW
Room 7-239B
Washington, D.C. 20024
PH:  (202) 694-5379

E-mail: erssummerinterns@ers.usda.gov

For more information contact: Loretta Miller

Last updated: Friday, February 05, 2016

For more information contact: Loretta Miller