Meet Cristal Castillo, a 2023 USDA HEP/CAMP Intern

Posted by Marquita Bady, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA Workplace of Partnerships and Public Engagement in


Sep 15, 2023

Meet Cristal Castillo, a local of Pingree, Idaho who attends Idaho State College majoring in advertising. Cristal is one among eight college students chosen for an internship with USDA’s 2023 Excessive College Equivalency Program (HEP)/School Help Migrant Program (CAMP).

USDA HEP/CAMP Program recipient, Cristal Castillo

The US Division of Agriculture runs this program in partnership with the Nationwide HEP/CAMP Affiliation. This summer season, USDA’s Pure Sources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Company (FSA) hosted college students from migrant and farmworker backgrounds in paid, 10-week internships. The expertise was designed to assist college students from migrant farmworker backgrounds achieve work expertise and find out about profession alternatives with USDA.

Cristal’s drive to be part of a gaggle of like-minded Latino college students helped gasoline her curiosity in this system.

She enthusiastically traveled to Washington D.C. to intern as a advertising recruiter with FSA. For 10 weeks she was been capable of analysis and observe latest traits within the workforce and discover new recruitment methods. Cristal beneficial social media designed to talk to the values of millennials and Era Z and generate engagement and connections. She additionally developed merchandise items tailor-made to suit Era Z traits, similar to tote luggage and water bottle stickers. This motivating expertise helped mildew her future profession targets, which embrace a everlasting place in market analysis.
“For my final two years of faculty, I plan on taking all the precious expertise that I realized from my expertise right here in D.C., such because the significance of retaining involved with the individuals you meet alongside the best way and using these expertise in my future life and profession,” stated Cristal. “My confidence has additionally strengthened throughout my time right here.”

“Via considerate analysis and modern considering, Cristal performed a pivotal position in inspecting recruitment methods for Gen Z over the summer season for FSA,” stated Cristal’s FSA Supervisor Kara Bays. “Her actionable suggestions are already being included into FSA’s efforts to draw and have interaction the subsequent technology of expertise. Cristal used her advertising main and prior expertise to supply a novel perspective and confirmed an eagerness to expertise many distinction facets of USDA whereas interning at FSA.”

Study extra in regards to the HEP/CAMP internship program by emailing [email protected] or signal as much as obtain updates on this and different USDA sources, grants and packages for rural and underserved communities, college students, farmers, veterans, neighborhood nonprofits and better training establishments.


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