The USDA Agricultural Ambassadors Program provides high school students with the opportunity to intern with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Edinburg, TX, and Parlier, CA. Students selected will also receive a leadership development training. Ambassadors are selected based on their academic excellence, interest in science, and demonstrated leadership qualities.
The program is designed to expand students’ knowledge of the importance of public service, provide educational and professional experiences and increase students’ awareness of career opportunities with the USDA.
Students will be placed in a professional internship assignment at the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Ambassadors will be assigned an USDA professional mentor, who will train and guide students during the program.
Ambassadors will work in a paid internship 20 hours per week for five weeks. The schedule will be determined in coordination with the supervisor.
Each ambassador will be responsible for making sure their mentor submits their weekly hours to the administrative point person for processing.
Ambassadors are responsible for arranging their transportation to and from the internship location.
To be considered for the program you must:
Be in good disciplinary standing.
Be in good academic standing with minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0/4.0.
Be an incoming sophomore, junior or senior.
Be a student leader and committed to public service.
Be interested in agricultural science related careers.
Attend the required orientation accompanied by a parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
Complete the application and mail in the required documents.
Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Each high school principal may nominate a maximum of three students to be considered for this program. Students submit an online application and a one page essay. Additionally, two letters of recommendations must be submitted by the student's teacher and counselor. Finally, students must also submit an unofficial academic transcript via email.
The USDA fully sponsors each selected student for this program.
In addition, Ambassadors will receive a stipend for their internship based on minimum hourly wages. Minimum wages vary by state, California ($8.00), and Texas ($7.25). Students will work 20 hours per week for five weeks.
There are no fees or extra costs involved, if selected.
Application Opens: Thursday, April 24, 2014.
Application Deadline: Friday, May 16, 2014.
First Week of Program: June 16, 2014.
Leadership Training: June 23, 2014.
Second Week: June 30, 2014.
Third Week: July 7, 2014.
Fourth Week: July 14, 2014.
Fifth Week: July 21, 2014.
To learn more about the USDA Agricultural Ambassadors Program, please contact your local USDA official.
Mr. Juan Alvarez
USDA/HSI National Program
Central-Northern California & Washington