The Conference on Asian Pacific Asian Leadership (CAPAL) is proud to announce its Summer Internship Program for current undergraduate and graduate students to work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). This program will select two research or management interns to work at a nearby ARS location during the summer.

The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific research agency and the nation’s premier agricultural research organization. Its primary mission is to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table. Here’s a few rough numbers to illustrate the scope of the organization:

  • 1,200 research projects within 21 National Programs
  • 2,100 scientists
  • 6,000 other employees
  • 100 research locations including a few in other countries
  • $1.1 billion fiscal year 2009 budget

ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority.  ARS provides information access and dissemination to:

  • ensure the safety of food and other agricultural products;
  • assess the nutritional needs of Americans;
  • sustain a competitive agricultural economy;
  • enhance the natural resource base and the environment; and
  • provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.

ARS works to ensure that Americans have reliable, adequate supplies of high-quality food and other agricultural products. ARS accomplishes its goals through scientific discoveries that help solve problems in crop and livestock production and protection, human nutrition, and the interaction of agriculture and the environment. ARS is seeking to increase the number of Asian Pacific Americans in its workforce and has partnered with CAPAL to launch this new internship program. For more information about ARS and USDA in general, please visit or

The Research Intern will assist an ARS researcher with laboratory research at one of the numerous ARS research centers found throughout the United States to conduct research on a topic of interest.

The Management Intern will assist the ARS on communications, management financial, and/or administrative activities under the supervision of a senior administration official.

ARS has over 140 research centers across the entire United States near almost every major university.  Interns have the choice of serving at any one of these locations as long as ARS can place the intern on an appropriate project.  All applicants may indicate on their applications up to three of their top location choices.

Interns will receive a $2,000 stipend towards the successful completion of their summer internship and the development of a Community Action Plan.  An additional $500 stipend will be given to help cover travel and housing expenses. They will have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research at one of many ARS research centers and laboratories found across the nation near his/her campus. Selected interns will be able to perform laboratory research in scientific fields of their interest on a part-time basis at ARS laboratories with the nation’s leading researchers while being fully enrolled in their academic degree programs, and may even be able to receive academic credit for the internship.

The online application is available here.  All supporting materials must be submitted electronically to by March 9, 2012.

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