Company: US Department of Agriculture
Location: East Lansing, MI


Job details

$13.32 – $21.75 an hour

Job Type
Full Job Description



    This position is located at ARS research facility in East Lansing, Michigan.


    • Interns may perform any or all of the following duties in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment depending on the grade level and environment of the position in which they qualify:
    • Prepares routine media, and solutions, by weighing and measuring;
    • Assists in plot preparation and maintenance, plant harvesting and sample preparation and maintenance;
    • Performs simple repetitive task such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, potting, and maintaining plants;
    • Uses common laboratory equipment and apparatus such as autoclaves, sterilizers, centrifuges;
    • Maintains a neat and orderly work area and washes or cleans laboratory equipment;
    • Performs routine and recurring techniques;
    • Maintains, calibrates, and modifies equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures;
    • Keeps detailed records of experimental data; and/or
    • Maintains inventory of chemicals, prepares solutions and reagents.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0499 Biological Science Student Trainee

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
    • Must be in good academic standing and hold a GPA of at least 2.0
    • Must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis at an accrediting educational institution
    • Must sign Pathways Participant Agreement prior to official offer of employment.
    • Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check
    • 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 enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited educational institution


    Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. The duties of the position must be related to either the student’s academic or career goals.

    To be eligible, this position must be related to the student’s academic or career goals ( i.e., biological sciences).


    Education:Completion of 1 full academic years of post-high school study.


    Education: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate’s degree.


    Education: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree.


    You must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; 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 any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education visit NACES website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

    Additional information

    Student Interns must continue to meet program eligibility 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.

    Upon successful completion of the internship, interns may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position. Non-competitive conversion is not an entitlement of the internship program.

    This internship is temporary and therefore does not have promotion potential.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Veteran’s preference applies in the arrangement of qualified applicants for all USDA Pathways Programs positions (5CFR 302.101(a). Qualified applicants eligible for veteran’s preference will be referred and considered ahead of non-veterans.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you provided false documentation, you will be removed from consideration.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply” button to the right.

    To view the application form, 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


  • 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, 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.
    • Proof of enrollment or acceptance of enrollment and good academic standing in the form of letters, records, or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college, or university. The documentation provided must be issued from an authorized source (example: university registrar’s office).
    • A copy of your most recent transcripts which show your field of study, school name, students name, current GPA or academic standing, past and current course work, degree program, and major/concentration. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.

    You must submit the documents below if you claim the following:

    • Veterans, if claiming preference: DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty showing dates of service and type of discharge. Disabled veterans must include VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • 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 students already enrolled on at least a half-time basis in an accredited college, professional, technical, vocational, or trade school pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. U.S. citizens and nationals and permanent residents and foreign nationals who meet Immigration and Annual Appropriations Laws concerning employment.