Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program promotes the continued growth of Hispanic enrollment in Higher Education. The USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program acts as a positive and dynamic, innovative, driving force at USDA in support of a workforce and educational delivery reflective of the needs of a diverse population. This is accomplished through targeted partnerships with Hispanic Serving Institutions and other public an private entities in a manner that supports the agricultural industry in the 21st century. 

USDA offers internship, fellowship, and scholarship programs to undergraduate and graduate students in a verity of academic fields. In addition, the office provides conference sponsorship and career mentorship to students, and organizes career fairs. In addition, they also promote grant, funding and collaborative opportunities. Through these efforts the HSINP staff strives to identify, educate, mentor, and develop future leaders. To learn more, contact the Regional Director in your area or the Student Program Manager.


Check out the links below for more information: 

  • USDA Agricultural Ambassadors 

    • The USDA Agricultural Ambassadors Program provides high school students with the opportunity to intern with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Edinburg, TX, and Parlier, CA. Students selected will also receive a leadership development training. Ambassadors are selected based on their academic excellence, interest in science, and demonstrated leadership qualities.

  • HACU National Internship Program

    • Since 1992, HACU has offered one of the best internship programs in the country. They believe that participation in an internship is an invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on work experience, but internships offered through many other organizations often come at a price, whether monetary or otherwise. Some benefits are listed below:
      • All HACU internship positions are PAID.
      • HACU will arrange housing in the internship location (optional).
      • Travel to and from the orientation and/or work site can be arranged at no cost to HACU interns.
      • Provisions can be made for interns to receive academic credit.
      • Free professional development activities are regularly offered during the course of the program.
  • USDA Internships and Scholarships 

    • Visit this link for rewarding paid and volunteer internship opportunities. The interns are selected based on their strong academic ability, leadership skills, and commitment to public service. Students may apply for internships during the Fall, Spring, and Summer. In addition to gaining valuable work experience, students may also earn academic credit. 
  • Other Internships/Scholarships

    • Includes information on other internships, college and financial aid resources, scholarship search websites, any many other scholarship opportunities. 


Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


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