Interested in a career in international agricultural trade? Read on.
The International Agricultural Internship Program (IAIP) gives graduate students a chance to gain first-hand experience working at one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) overseas post in U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world.
Interns will get the opportunity to work in a FAS Office of Agricultural Affairs or Agricultural Trade Office located in a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Interns will carry out tasks in support of the Agricultural Counselor, Agricultural Attaché, and/or Agricultural Trade Officer in connection with USDA’s agricultural trade policy, analysis, and market development programs.
As an International Agricultural Intern
Interns in the IAIP have varied duties based on the mission of the specific FAS overseas office. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Compiles, edits, formats, and transmits information required for the execution of USDA programs
- Assists in researching and drafting agricultural reports
- Solicits and compiles in-country agricultural trade intelligence
- Monitors trade policy developments for food and agricultural products
- Represents U.S. agriculture and promotes the interest of the U.S. food and agriculture product exports overseas
- Travels, as necessary, to complete assigned tasks
FAS will place up to seven IAIP Interns overseas offices based on qualifications and alignment with overseas office needs. Geographic location preference(s) should be noted in your application, along with specific skills that you may have in a particular region (former Peace Corps service, language capabilities, past work experience in a region, professional interests, etc.). Geographic preference does not necessarily result in placement in that region.
Internships will occur during the summer season, with departure to FAS overseas offices in late May/early June and return to the United States in late July/early August, depending on the availability of the intern and the FAS office. All interns will receive a stipend of $3,209 per month, equivalent to federal employee grade GS-7, in addition to round-trip air and land travel, travel health insurance, visas, a housing allowance, a dedicated one-on-one mentor during the internship, along with receiving internship support and training from the University of Missouri and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Office of International Programs.
Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement, Feb. 1, 2023.