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APHIS Careers - USDA Pathways Program




We offer several career “pathways” for students and recent graduates in a variety of fields through the USDA Pathways Programs. These pathways include paid internships for current students, a training and development program for recent graduates of any qualifying educational institution, and a fellowship program for recent graduates with an advanced or professional degree. (Students interested in the fellowship program may also apply in the fall of their final year of graduate school.) Pathways Programs may lead to a permanent position at USDA, without further competition, after completing the requirements.

To find and apply for current Pathways opportunities, go to USAJOBS (search “USDA Pathways”).

In addition, several of the Pathways internships available with APHIS include tuition assistance. These opportunities are for undergraduate and graduate students in nonveterinary fields of study, veterinary medicine (focused on animal health or animal welfare), and plant health science. To learn more, check out the program information below.

Chester A. Gipson Internship Program 
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students in veterinary medicine and related fields
  • Up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate studies; up to $15,000 per year for graduate studies
  • Paid employment during summer and school breaks as a Veterinary Student Trainee with APHIS Animal Care
  • Possibility of conversion, without further competition, to a permanent position with APHIS after completing a D.V.M. degree and meeting all Pathways Program requirements
  • Apply online via USAJOBS; announcement opens in the spring each year for approximately 1–2 weeks
  • Questions? Email us at gipsonscholarship@usda.gov.


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Daniel E. Salmon Internship Program
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students in nonveterinary fields of study
  • Up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate studies; up to $15,000 per year for graduate studies
  • Paid employment during summer and school breaks with APHIS Veterinary Services
  • Possibility of conversion, without further competition, to a permanent position with APHIS after completing a degree and meeting all Pathways Program requirements
  • Apply online via USAJOBS; announcements open in the spring each year for approximately 2 weeks
  • Questions? Email us at vs.recruitment.pathways@usda.gov.
Saul T. Wilson, Jr., Internship Program
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences
  • Up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate studies; up to $15,000 per year for graduate studies
  • Paid employment during summer and school breaks as a Veterinary Student Trainee with APHIS Veterinary Services
  • Possibility of conversion, without further competition, to a permanent position with APHIS upon completing a D.V.M degree and meeting all Pathways Program requirements
  • Apply online via USAJOBS; announcement opens in the spring each year for approximately 2 weeks
  • Questions? Email us at vs.recruitment.pathways@usda.gov.
William F. Helms Internship Program
  • Undergraduate students in plant health science and related fields
  • Up to $5,000 per year for studies in your Junior and Senior years ($10,000 max.)
  • Paid employment during summer and school breaks with APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine
  • Possibility of conversion, without further competition, to a permanent position with APHIS upon completing a degree and meeting all Pathways Program requirements
  • Apply online via USAJOBS; announcement opens in the spring each year for approximately 2 weeks
  • Questions? Email us at PPQHelmsScholarship@usda.gov.

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