Company: US Department of Agriculture
Location: Riverdale, MD




    If selected for this position you will be part of the USDA Pathways Internship Program – Chester A. Gipson Internship – as a Student Intern for a comprehensive mentorship and career development program intended to prepare the employee for a career in the field of Veterinary Medicine.


    • The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
    • Receives varied assignments designed to provide on-the-job training and experience in activities conducted by Animal Care.
    • Performs support work related to the regulatory process of program management and/or animal welfare information systems.
    • Performs inspection related activities directly with Veterinary Medical Officer (VMOs) and performs inspection related activities.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0799 Veterinary Student Trainee

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a US Citizen
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
    • Must be in good academic standing as defined by their academic institution
    • Complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree
    • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution
    • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways
    • Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check
    • Successful completion of two-year trial period
    • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
    • Must be available to work a regular schedule when classes are in session as well as during scheduled breaks.
    • Proof of student status must be submitted with the application.
    • All applicants must be in good academic standing.
    • Applicants must be at least 16 years old.


    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

    ELIGIBILITY: Students who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.

    Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below.


    GS-7: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent) OR eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement provision; to qualify based on superior academic achievement you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements.


    Current DVM student applicants must have completed not more than 1 full academic year of study in veterinary medicine.


    Please see above for education requirements.

    What Does the Chester A. Gipson Internship offer you?

    The Chester A. Gipson Internship Program is designed to recruit students enrolled in veterinary medicine and other biomedical science curricula to Animal Care critical positions.

    Upon completing Pathways educational, training and work experience requirements, and within 120 days of meeting Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree requirements, internship students may be converted to career or career-conditional appointment in the target permanent position as a Veterinary Medical Officer. Students agree to provide one (1) year of service to Animal Welfare Operations for each school year of financial support received by the Gipson Internship Program.

    The internship program provides financial assistance for the student up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for undergraduate studies and $15,000 per year at the graduate level to the student’s institution for tuition, books, tutors, laboratory fees, and other fees levied by the institution in conjunction with the course of study.

    Employment While Attending School: A minimum of 640 hours of paid employment during the course of your Internship for Pathways work requirements. The work requirements must be completed prior to, or concurrent with, the completion of the internship educational requirements to be considered for a possible conversion without further competition, to a permanent appointment with APHIS upon successful completion with a D.V.M. degree, training, and other work requirement(s).

    When enrolled in school, you can complete your work requirements during the summer months and vacation periods. The work schedule during the academic year is negotiable.

    Additional information

    Housing and travel expenses not be paid.

    This Internship confers eligibility for a noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term position in the competitive service contingent upon meeting all applicable Internship Program requirements and the needs of the agency. You will be considered for conversion to a permanent or term position upon the successful completion of your Internship. However, please note that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee the agency will opt for conversion. The target position for this internship is GS-701.

    If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to entrance on duty. Proof of enrollment or acceptance for the upcoming academic term or semester will also be required unless graduating in the current semester.

    A Pathways Participant Agreement will be required if you are selected for a position. The agreement must be signed by all applicable parties prior to entrance on duty.

    Student Interns must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of the appointment. Incumbents will be required to provide proof of continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout the internship program. Failure to do so will result in termination of the appointment.

    This is a Pathways position effective in the fall of 2020. As applicable, applicants are required to submit proof of acceptance to veterinary school by the closing date of this announcement. However, if graduating in spring 2020 and not yet accepted to veterinary school, the applicant/student is required to submit a declaration with their application, stating they have applied to veterinary school for the 2020-2021 school year, and will submit the letter of acceptance within two weeks of being contacted for supplemental information and documentation, if you meet eligibility and initial application requirements.

    Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully completed adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

    Schedule will be determined when student is selected.

    Your schedule during the academic year is negotiable. During school breaks and summers, travel to and from the official duty station, and housing expenses, will be at the student’s expense. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    Selection(s) are anticipated by no later than July 2020. After agreeing to the conditions of the internship by signing all applicable agreements, the student selected will begin receiving tuition benefits at the start of the fall semester.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Before you submit an application for this vacancy, please carefully review the position requirements. Please apply only if you meet the required minimum qualifications AND Pathways Internship program eligibility requirements described in the announcement. Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you have reviewed the announcement and believe that you meet both the minimum qualifications and the program requirements, you should document your experience and education in your resume. Since traditional resumes do not always provide all the information needed to determine your status, you should create a more detailed resume to use when applying to Federal positions. Your resume should include:

    • Type of degree and date it was received or is expected to be received
    • Statement of U.S. citizenship
    • Job announcement number
    • Work and/or volunteer experience including employment dates, hours worked per week, salary and
    • supervisor information
    • References
    • Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, permanent address, contact phone number and email address.

    Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements of the Pathways Internship program and the basic qualification requirements established for the position may be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Qualified applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference.

    Note: Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    To preview the application questionnaire, please visit:

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications; and 5) supervisors name and phone number for each work period listed and whether or not they may be contacted for reference checks.
    • College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, visit the following: Foreign Education Evaluation. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    • Proof of student status is required. Applicants must submit one of the following: a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university for an upcoming academic term; OR Transcripts showing current enrollment at an accredited college or university; OR A letter on college/university stationery stating that you are enrolled for the current academic term.
    • If claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions within 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service. Veterans’ preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
    • If claiming 10-point veterans’ preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference visit FEDSHIREVETS
  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • Students

    Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

Clarification from the agency

Students who have been accepted for enrollment or who are enrolled at least half-time in an accredited high school, college, professional, technical, vocational, or trade school pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.