Summer Internship

Summer Internships

Spend the summer of 2018 at the Economic Research Service (ERS), 355 E Street, SW, Washington, DC as a Student Trainee (Economics) and Student Trainee (Information Technology).

The Pathways Program offers paths to Federal employment for students to begin their careers in the Federal Government. The program provides the opportunity for students enrolled in various educational institutions the opportunity to be paid while working in a Federal agency and to 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

This year, ERS is selecting students for the Summer Internship Program (SIP). The SIP work experience begins in May or when the student is available and ends eighty-nine days (89) days from the start date.

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   The announcement numbers are as followed:

ERS-PATH-18N-008, Student Trainee (Economics), GS-0199-07/09

ERS-PATH-18N-007, Student Trainee (Information Technology Specialist), GS-2299-04/05

To apply for positions see section "How to Create An Application". For assistance in the application process, visit Federal Occupations by College Majors.  Positions are opened February 5-16, 2018.  Applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), Friday, February 16, 2018.   

Positions Available:

Student Trainee (Economics) GS-0199-07/09, 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.


Student Trainee (Information Technology) GS-2299-04/05, four 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.
  • Serves on Divisional task forces to assist others in the use of microcomputers.
  • Works with other Information Specialist to improve the IT infrastructure by implementing new procedures.

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


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-18N-0008- Student Trainee (Economics)- Pathways Intern, GS-0199-07/09
    • ERS-PATH-18N-0007- Student Trainee (Information Technology)- Pathways Intern, GS-2299-04/05
      There is a limit of 300 applicants; therefore, the announcement could close before February 16th.
  • Series and grade level you are applying for GS-0199 (Economics) or GS-2299 (Information Specialist)
  • Resume
  • Proof of enrollment in the form of a letter, record, or statement issued from a high school, vocational institution, college, or university
  • A copy of your college transcripts (unofficial at the time of applying but the official must be received before hiring)
  • 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, EST on Friday, February 16, 2018

Agency Contact Person for Pathways Program Summer Internship

Loretta Miller
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Economic Research Service
355 E Street, SW
Room 6-227B
Washington, D.C. 20024
PH: (202) 694-5379


For more information contact: Loretta Miller