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These are temporary, part-time (20 hrs/week) positions not-to-exceed 1 year, and may be extended in 1 year increments up to 8 years in total, as long as the student remains eligible for the program.

The Agricultural Research Service is seeking qualified students to participate in the Pathways Internship Program. This temporary appointment is expected to begin in May/June 2017. Internships are open to individuals who have been accepted for enrollment or who are enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Students seeking degrees in Library Sciences are highly desired.

These positions are located in the National Agricultural Library (NAL), Information Products Division (IPD), Information & Customer Services Branch (ICSB), Nutrition & Food Safety Program (NFSP). NFSP includes both the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) and the Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO). 

The primary purpose of this position is to support the Technical Information Specialists in both nutrition and food safety with website development, reference, communications, and content development, including conducting literature research for trends in specific areas such as nutrition, sustainability, food safety, and other areas to envision new products and services; provide services to NAL and its partners, ARS, USDA personnel, researchers, scholars and the public. The employee also provides traditional library services and information to a variety of national and international users of NAL.

PLEASE NOTE:  This vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at 11:59 pm ET on the closing date identified above or the day we receive the 100th application, whichever occurs first.


Major Duties:

  • Support the public reference services at the NAL as they pertain to nutrition and food safety.  Be trained on the internal reference tracking systems, as well as the process for responding to public inquiries. Become familiar with the content available in the library, pertaining to nutrition and food safety. With training from experts on staff, support the process of responding to reference inquiries.
  • Support development of the library’s digital collections and exhibits that pertain to nutrition and food safety. With training and instruction from Technical Information Specialists on staff, the student will support the development of themes, locating content for the collections, building the collections, and making the collections available to the public online.
  • Assist with the Nutrition & Food Safety Program’s social media strategy. Aid in the development of content to be used on social media platforms.
  • Contribute to website enhancements, including both content and functionality enhancements. With training from experts on staff, support identification of new resources, outreach to partner organizations/agencies for new content, and overall management of website functionality.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No