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APHIS Careers - Internships and Fellowships

We partner with colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and others to create internships and other student work experiences at APHIS. Read on to explore the many ways you can find your future with us.

1890 National Scholars Program
  • Open to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors in agriculture-related fields of study at participating universities
  • Full scholarship (tuition, fees, books, and room and board) and paid employment each year for up to 4 years
  • Application deadline: January 31, 2021
APHIS Animal Care Externship Program
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students in any field of study
  • Unpaid work experience with APHIS Animal Care nationwide
  • Application deadlines: June 1 for fall, November 2 for spring, March 1 for summer
APHIS Foreign Service Fellowship Program
  • Open to applicants from any undergraduate institution who will be pursuing graduate studies in Agriculture or Veterinary Sciences/Medicine at Tuskegee University in the upcoming academic year
  • Significant financial support for graduate studies, two summer internships (one domestic and one overseas), mentoring, and professional development
  • Entry into the APHIS Foreign Service at completion of fellowship program
  • Highly competitive; application deadline each year in March
APHIS and Navajo Technical University—Veterinary Technology Program Internship
  • Open to students in the Veterinary Technology program at Navajo Technical University
  • Paid, 8–10-week internship (including housing and travel) with APHIS
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis for summer and fall internships
APHIS Smithsonian National Zoo Summer Internship Program
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students in any field of study
  • 12-week internship as a trainee with APHIS Animal Care, working onsite at the National Zoo with a curator or biologist
  • Applications accepted once per year
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students in any field of study
  • Unpaid work experience with APHIS Veterinary Services
  • Externships usually last 2–6 weeks, depending on the student’s schedule and availability of APHIS Veterinary Services personnel
  • Applications accepted year-round
  • To apply, email us at with a statement or cover letter describing your interest, background, and dates of availability; your resume; and your unofficial transcript.
Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) Internship Program
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students in any field of study
  • Summer internship in public service at APHIS or another Federal agency
  • $3,000 stipend and reimbursement for travel expenses
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program
  • Open to students in any degree-seeking program at an accredited higher education institution
  • Paid internship (including housing and travel), academic credit, and professional development
  • Applications accepted year-round for spring, summer, and fall session internships
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Internship Program
  • Open to NSF Graduate Fellows
  • Research internship with USDA or other partnering agencies across the Federal Government
  • Applications details available on the NSF website
Native American-Serving Institutions Internship Program
  • Open to undergraduate students in any field of study
  • Paid, 8-week summer position at one of APHIS’ offices around the country
  • Applications accepted through participating schools on a rolling basis
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)/USDA Summer Internship
  • Open to current students (sophomores and up) and recent graduates in any field of study at a TMCF member school
  • Paid, 10-week internship at USDA, with roundtrip airfare, housing, local travel allowance, and stipend included
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Open to all interested individuals, including both students and non-students ages 14 and up
  • Unpaid work experience with APHIS at locations nationwide
  • Volunteer assignments are usually short-term, ranging from 1 month to 1 year
  • Applications accepted year-round
  • Questions? Email our Volunteer Service Coordinator at

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