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About Economic Research Service

The Economic Research Service (ERS) is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Employing roughly 400 people, ERS provides economic research and information to the USDA as well as farmers, agribusiness, consumers and policymakers through various studies and publications. ERS is organized in four divisions: food economics, information services, market and trade economics and resource and rural economics.

ERS interns are hired as either economics assistants/economists or computer clerks/assistants/IT specialists. Duties include research, data compilation and web design. Interns work independently and in groups to assist agriculture and computer science experts at the agency. Their work aids policymakers in the areas of food, agriculture, the environment and rural issues. In addition to salary, perks include a convenient downtown D.C. location and subsidized travel via bus or subway.


Economics assistant/economist: open to students who have completed one economics course and who plan to continue study the following year. Computer clerk/assistant/IT specialist: open to current college students and grad students. ERS also looks for undergraduate IT/computer science majors or graduate students with experience in areas such as data visualization or multimedia technologies are preferred.

Economic Research Service

Loretta Miller, Program Specialist
Economic Research Service
Economic Research Service
1800 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 694-5379


Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


Washington, DC