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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Information Technology Intern Program

DEADLINE: Application window is normally open between January and February of each year

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) central information technology (IT) management organization and is responsible for overseeing USDA agencies and staff offices in the design, acquisition, maintenance, use and disposal of information technology; and for monitoring the performance of USDA's information technology programs and activities.

The USDA Information Technology Internships are designed to combine academic studies with on-the job training and experience, and to give students an opportunity to work at USDA while completing their education. Students are provided a 2-year internship that develops competencies and skills essential to their career field.

Interns who successfully complete their academic studies and internships, and meet all qualification, suitability and performance requirements may be offered permanent employment upon graduation. These positions would be in Information Technology or Engineering positions throughout the USDA. The OCIO will specify in their job offers if geographic mobility is required as a condition of employment.

The Application Process

The Application Window for the OCIO IT Intern Program is normally open between January and February of each year. Following the close of the application window, applications received are thoroughly reviewed and evaluated. Candidates referred for further consideration may be interviewed. Hiring for the IT Intern Program may be done throughout the year, as funding allows; however, most selections for immediate placement will be made in April. If selected, you should receive a job offer by approximately May 1. Due the volume of applications expected, only those persons who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about the program and to be one of the first to know about upcoming internship opportunities, visit and become a member of the USDA-Academy at

Minimum Qualifications Include

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be currently enrolled full-time, in a 4-year accredited college or university in a Bachelors or Masters degree program (College study at an accredited 2-year college will be accepted if the credits are transferrable to and the student has a guaranteed transfer agreement to a 4-year accredited college or university toward completion of an applicable degree program)
  • Be working towards a degree with a major or minor in Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Cyber Security, Geo-Spatial Information Systems, and/or other related IT programs
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation


  • Get Paid While you Learn
  • Housing is Provided during the Summer Sessions in Washington DC
  • Eligible Interns may work, part-time, while attending college during the school year
  • Upon graduation, successful interns may obtain full-time, federal employment
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Telework
  • Annual and Sick Leave
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Thrift Savings Plan and Savings Bonds Purchases
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Ten Paid Holidays Per Year
  • Commuter Subsidy

Job Title: Student Trainee (Information Technology)
Location: Nationwide
Job Type: Full-Time / Part-Time
Salary: $24,933.00 - $61,678.00 / Per Year
Education / Career Level: Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students