Foreign Agricultural Service Internship Program

USDAForeign Agricultural Service
United States Department of Agriculture
U.S. Embassy Berlin


Contact: Recruitment Berlin
employment-germany@state.gov

“Linking U.S. Agriculture to the World to enhance Export Opportunities and Global Food Security”

Participate in our Internship Program

Who we are
The U.S. Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) is part of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the foreign affairs agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.  FAS implements (USDA) overseas programs, such as market development, international trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection of statistics and market information.

The primary objective of the Foreign Agricultural Service is to facilitate trade in U. S. food, agricultural, forestry, and beverage products. FAS offices promote U.S. agricultural trade and assist foreign buyers to source American food products and commodities.

Background and Purpose
The FAS Intern Program is designed for students who are at least 18 years of age, are currently enrolled in an accredited university and seeking internship with U.S. Embassy, Berlin. The purpose of the program is to offer students the challenge of working in a foreign affairs field. This internship is a voluntary service. There are no benefits attached to this internship and no compensation, nor any future employment rights.

Assignments
Students may be assigned to duties that include trade assistance, administrative duties, budget and fiscal duties, business correspondence, information systems, trade leads, trade facilitation, agricultural research and analysis of international issues, marketing, and public affairs outreach.

Duration of Program
The FAS Intern Program is a year-round program on a three to six months basis with a flexible starting date. This means that each internship cycle lasts three to six months and at the end of each cycle new interns are hired.

Security Clearance
Students selected must pass a background check and receive a security clearance from The Embassy’s Regional Security Office before commencement of the internship. The security check may take up to 3 months and may require an interview with the Embassy Regional Security Office.

Performance Evaluation
The intern will receive a letter of recommendation upon completion of the internship.

Program Requirements
No compensation or benefits are offered. Service is not creditable for leave accrual or any other employee type benefits. The intern program applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment and have their own medical insurance. Good knowledge of written and spoken English and German is required as well as good knowledge of office programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point.

Application Procedures
Please submit your application with the following supporting documentation by email:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Proof of enrolment in an education institution

To: agberlin@fas.usda.gov
Attn: Kerstin Krueger

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kerstin Krueger
Phone: (49-30) 8305 1152
Email: agberlin@fas.usda.gov

Please see the following links for further information on our office:

Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
http://germany.usembassy.gov/fas/
http://www.usda-mideurope.com

Embassy of the United States of America and FAS
Foreign Agricultural Service
http://www.fas.usda.gov/

United States Department of Agriculture
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome