Job Overview



The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is looking for people who want to work to improve foreign market access for U.S. products.  FAS operates programs designed to build new markets and improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace.

FAS has the primary responsibility for USDA’s international activities—market development, trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. It also administers USDA’s export credit guarantee and food aid programs, and helps increase income and food availability in developing nations by mobilizing expertise for agriculturally led economic growth.

FAS also enhances U.S. agriculture’s competitiveness by providing linkages to global resources and international organizations.

FAS's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FAS offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.


Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. 



Student Trainee (Budget) Pathways Intern position is located in the Chief Operating Office, Budget and Financial Management Division.

As a participant in the Pathways Program, selectee will be expected to perform such duties as:

  • assists with gathering, compiling and analyzing of data and preparation and distribution of reports, memoranda, and correspondence;
  • prepares budget presentations for Administrator and Department officials;
  • creates and maintains a filing system for reports, project documents, and memoranda, documenting pending and completed actions;
  • drafts project status reports, memoranda, executive correspondence, policy papers and all other forms of written communication; and
  • reviews incoming correspondence, documents and other materials.