The U.S. Department of Agrculture's Office of the Ombudsperson is seeking a Volunteer Intern, part- or full-time for two to four months. The internship offers an excellent exposure to a growing Ombuds program and the chance to acquire significant experience working with USDA Ombuds.
The Secretary of Agriculture created the Office of the Ombudsperson as part of the Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement. Operating since the summer of 2015, the Office aims to improve access to USDA programs for minority farmers and ranchers by listening to concerns about access to USDA programs, reporting issues and trends to USDA leaders, and making recommendations about how to improve access for the farmers and ranchers.
Currently, the Office serves Native American producers in seven states (Arizona, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas) as part of a graduated Office roll-out. The Office will eventually expand to serve all the states and minority groups. Please see www.usda.gov/ombudsperson for additional information.
The Office of the Ombudsperson Volunteer Intern will learn about the functions of an external organizational ombudsman office and how to build valuable relationships within a large federal agency. The intern will assist the Ombudsperson with outreach, trend identification and office administration. This is an unpaid position located in Washington, DC. Interns are expected to work 20 - 40 hours a week (e.g., 2 – 4 months), and the exact start and end dates are negotiable. The Office of the Ombudsperson strives to adhere to the International Ombudsman Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and is a neutral, informal, independent and confidential resource at USDA.
In order to apply, please email a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in working in the USDA Office of the Ombudsperson to Joanne Dea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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