Interested in a career in agriculture, botany, plant pathology, entomology, or other biological sciences? The USDA Pathways Program: William F. Helms Internship program provides university and college-level students with the opportunity to help protect U.S. agriculture and the environment while facilitating global trade of pest and disease-free agricultural goods. Students may experience hands-on activities like inspecting plants, plant products, and other regulated items for pests or disease; conducting crop and commodity surveys; assisting with the identification of suspected pests and diseases, or participating in plant health emergency response efforts.
Students accepted into the program will receive tuition assistance while pursuing a degree, mentoring, paid work experience during school breaks (both summer and holiday periods), career exploration, and possible permanent employment upon successful completion of education, training, and work requirements.
-Be a U.S. citizen
-Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited college or university
-Be a sophomore or junior with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
-Be enrolled in programs related to agriculture or the biological sciences
-Agree to work for the agency during school breaks (both summer and holiday breaks) a minimum of 640 hours prior to completion of studies
For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.