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About USDA Forest Service

With over 30,000 employees ranging from teachers to firefighters, to biologists, the USDA Forest Service manages 51,000 square miles of forests and grasslands across the United States. The Forest Service has been a leader in conservation since its establishment in 1905. Today, the USDA works in partnership with other government organizations, as well as with universities and land-owners.

The USDA Forest Service offers two student programs: the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). The main difference between the two is that STEP does not necessarily relate to a student’s academic experience or career aspirations, while SCEP directly relates to these components. SCEP participants must work one to 15 hours per week, while STEP participants may work any agreed-upon hours.


Open to high school students, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, recent graduates and grad students. All applicants must be of legal working age.

USDA Forest Service

USDA Forest Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 205-8333


Number of Interns: 51 to 100
Compensation/Benefits: Varies
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students