Saul T. Wilson, Jr. Internship Program

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Awards Available: Varies

Scholarship Description

Are you a student in veterinary medicine or biomedical sciences? We have paid internships—with tuition assistance available at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Our interns work alongside APHIS veterinarians and other experts at the forefront of animal health to protect American agriculture.

Dr. Wilson dedicated his professional career to public veterinary medicine, first within APHIS and then at Tuskegee University after he retired in 1989. During his federal career, he made outstanding contributions to the health of the Nation’s livestock and poultry industries. He also played an essential role in eradicating foot-and-mouth disease from Mexico in the 1950s, helping protect our country against reinfection from this devastating animal disease. He made a long-lasting impact on APHIS and the field of public veterinary medicine.


• Up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate studies and up to $15,000 for graduate studies for tuition, books, tutors, and laboratory fees • Paid employment during summer and school breaks as a Veterinary Student Trainee • Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan (401K) • Paid vacation and sick leave • Based on the length of the work periods, compensation may also include health insurance benefits. • Possibility of conversion, without further competition, to a permanent appointment with APHIS upon completing a D.V.M degree and meeting all other Pathways Program requirements

After completing all program requirements, you must become a full-time APHIS employee for at least 1 calendar year for each school year the internship covered. If you do not accept an APHIS employment offer, you must reimburse all financial assistance received under the program. If you fail to serve the entire length of the mandatory APHIS employment period, you must reimburse the agency a prorated share of the funds awarded.

Undergraduate applicants must have completed at least 2 years (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours) of a 4-year pre-veterinary medicine or other biomedical science curriculum. Upon graduation, undergraduates are expected to proceed on to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine (D.V.M. program). Graduate students must show proof of acceptance to an accredited veterinary school. Scholarship Search