Job Overview


Come Join a Great FSIS Team!

This in an Excepted Service Appointment. The purpose of the Pathways Internship Program is to provide the intern with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and provide financial support to encourage and support educational goals.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health regulatory agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Our mission is to protect consumers by ensuring that the commercial supply of  meat, poultry, and egg products moving in interstate commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.
This position is covered by the Public Health Human Resource System (PHHRS) Demonstration Project. Effective July 19, 2009, FSIS began operating under the PHHRS, a Pay Banding and Pay for Performance Demonstration Project, in which non- bargaining unit positions will be classified by career path, occupational series, and pay bands rather than the traditional General Schedule (GS) grades in the Federal Service. The AP-1 pay band is equivalent to the GS-1/2/3/4 grade levels. PHHRS will allow FSIS the flexibility to offer exceptional candidates higher salaries than most other Federal agencies. Additionally, employees will be eligible to receive an annual pay increase based upon performance. For more information on PHHRS, including information on its pay tables and how it will benefit employees, please visit PHHRS. PHHRS Website.

NOTE: Students applying to this announcement will be selected to work in the Program listed below. Carefully review the description of the Program and the desired majors and/or skills the Program is looking for in a Student. If you wish to be considered for a position in this Program, please follow the instructions in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement. 

The Office of Public Health Science (OPHS), Risk Assessment and Analytics Staff (RAAS) develops and performs risk assessments of biological/chemical hazards in meat, poultry and egg products in support of the Agency's policy development activities. These risk assessments are used to evaluate intervention strategies to reduce foodborne risks and to guide, support, and enhance the Agency's overall decision-making process, risk-management policies, outreach efforts, data collection initiatives, and research priorities. To learn more please visit:

Desired majors: Public Health, Biology, Math/Statistics, and Pre-Medical/Pre-Veterinary.

Desired knowledge and skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and research and analysis appropriate for an undergraduate are desired. Any additional skills in computer programming, database management, and data analysis, are highly desirable but not necessary.

Location: Fort Collins, CO.


This announcement will be used to fill Student Intern (Administrative and Office Support ) positions in USDA, FSIS, OPHS. Below are some of the duties you may be asked to perform.

  • Provide support in the development of documents, presentations, analyses, and other materials related to science, public health, and food safety.
  • Assist with literature reviews, data entry,management, and data analysis on various projects.
  • Perform triage of consumer complaints
  • Conduct interviews and communicate the status of a complaint to consumers
  • Review and manage quality of historical data
  • Assist in the surveillance of hazardous events 
  • Attend and assist with the coordination of interoffice and interaency meetings