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Special Programs and Initiatives




APHIS supports and participates in several-focused initiatives created and sponsored by various Departmental Task Forces and Committees in response to the White House Initiatives/ Presidential Executive Orders.  APHIS programs and offices should note that some of these programs and initiatives have specific timeframes or deadlines for selecting students.  Please review the attached list and contact Sophia Kirby of the CREC staff at 301-851-4192 if you wish to participate and select a student or need additional information.


USDA/1890 National Scholars Program

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the eighteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. The program awards scholarships to students attending one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities, pursuing a bachelor's degree in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines, and willing to work full-time with the USDA upon graduation.

Application Deadline for Students –

Agency Selection Process:

For additional information, please go to the website:



USDA/1994 Tribal Scholars Program

The USDA/1994 Tribal Scholarship is a 4-year scholarship program for U.S. Citizens who are seeking a bachelor's degree or a related science at one of the thirty-two currently operating 1994 Land Grant Institutions. 

 Application Deadline for Students –

Agency Selection Process Deadline:

For additional information, please go to the website: USDA/1994 Tribal Scholars Program: http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1994/tribalscholars.htm


Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program

The HACU Intern Program recruits college students for paid summer and semester-long internships at Federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, DC and throughout the country.  The ten and fifteen week internships are designed to give college students direct experience in diverse careers.   

Agency Deadline for requesting a Summer Intern: 

Cost: $ – Program Dates:  (10 weeks)

 Agency Deadline for requesting a Fall Intern: 

Cost: $ – Program Dates:  (15 weeks)

For additional information, please go to the website:  http://www.hacu.net/hacu/hnip.asp


Public Service Leaders Scholars Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Public Service Leaders Scholarship Program provides undergraduate and graduate level students with a challenging internship opportunity combined with a scholarship. The program is designed to promote public service and create access to higher education. Upon successful completion of program and degree requirements, participants become permanent employees of USDA.


Agency Selection Process:  


For additional information, please go to the website:



Washington Internships for Native American Students (WINS)

The WINS Program offers students of sovereign American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) nations the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, DC. Developed in response to the White House Initiative on American Indians and Alaska Natives, this enriching program offers qualified students full scholarships funded by American University and sponsoring organizations. Participating students will gain professional work experience through interning at a federal agency or private firm, take courses focusing on Native American public policy concerns, and enjoy engaging social and cultural extra-curricular activities.

Cost: $ – Program Dates: (8 weeks)

For additional information, please go to the website: http://www1.american.edu/wins/

Agency Selection Process: 


Pathways Program (replaces the Career Intern Program –

Under the newly signed Executive Order 13562 entitled “Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates,”   this executive order consolidates student and recent graduate programs into the Pathways Programs framework with three clear programs paths that are tailored to recruit, train and retain well-qualified candidates:

Internship Program - A new Internship Program will be created that is targeted toward students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions.

Recent Graduates Program - This brand new program will target recent graduates of trade and vocational schools, community colleges, universities, and other qualifying institutions. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have six years after degree completion). Successful applicants will be placed in a two-year career development program with a cohort of peers hired during timeframes aligned with academic calendars. After successfully completing the program, participants will be considered for noncompetitive conversion to career jobs.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program - For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal government's premier leadership development program for advance degree candidates. The Executive Order expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and including those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years. It also directs OPM to set qualification standards, and to make changes in order to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants.

 For additional information, please contact Heidi Bock, HR Staffing Specialist on (612) 336-3343.


 Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

Since its inception in 1987, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has provided scholarships to qualified students attending its member-schools.  TMCF scholarships have provided support to help fund an education at one of our nation's public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

TMCF provides merit-based scholarships to students seeking financial assistance to
complete their education. TMCF scholarship recipients are awarded annually to students meeting the TMCF eligibility criteria. Awards are made each semester and are based on a verification process designed to ensure that academic expectations are being met and that there is an unmet financial need.  All classifications of students are invited to apply for a TMCF scholarship.  The selection process is year-round.

For additional information, please go to the website:  http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/scholarship/about-scholarships-program


Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) 

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) manage the program, which continues to be successful with the participation of many other federal agencies and sub-agencies. Since the program's expansion in 1995, over 6,000 students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP.  The selection process is year-round.

For additional information, please go to the website:  www.wrp.gov


2012 AgDiscovery Program

AgDiscovery is a summer enrichment camp designed to create an awareness in youth ages 12-17 about career in USDA-APHIS.  This program is a partnership between APHIS, colleges and universities.  This year, APHIS has 17 summer programs available for students to attend nationwide.

Application Deadline for Students: 

Students will be notified of acceptance no later than

For additional information, please go to the website:  /agdiscovery/


APHIS Summer Intern Program

APHIS offers paid summer internships involving substantive work assignments to college students/high school graduates who have been accepted by a college or university.  Students are recruited into the program utilizing the regular vacancy announcement system.                      

For additional information, please contact:    Heidi Bock, HR Staffing Specialist on (612) 336-3343. 


The William Helms Scholarship Program (WHSP)

USDA offers tuition assistance, mentoring, and summer work to college students interested in pursuing a career related plant pathology, biology, virology, ecology, and entomology.


Application Deadline for Students: 


For additional information, please go to the website:  /plant_health/helms/index.shtml



The Saul T. Wilson, Jr. Scholarship (STWJS)

A career in public veterinary health would afford you the opportunity to be involved with the health of major animal populations in many activity areas. Veterinarians have a responsibility for the health of the Nation's animals, and public health veterinarians can have a broad and lasting impact on animal health issues. A hallmark of VS is its multidisciplinary approach to working on animal health problems. VS have employment opportunities in the public veterinary field for professionals from a variety of disciplines. Additionally, APHIS employs veterinarians in its Animal Care and Plant Protection and Quarantine programs. Employment opportunities are located throughout the United States.


Application Deadline for Students: 


For additional information, please go to the website: