Apply for the Indian Health Service Summer Extern Program by Jan 15, 2016

Become an IHS Extern

The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers scholarship recipients, as well as Woman student working on the computer.other health profession students, the opportunity to participate in a hands-on instructive experience that will complement the knowledge and skills developed in school. This experience will help to enhance pre-professional training, while also familiarizing yourself with Native communities that are of interest to you when you begin your health professions career.

IHS externs are employed for 30 to 120 workdays per calendar year during non-academic periods.

Eligibility to Apply

IHS externships are available to students who are:

Priorities for Selection

Funding for the IHS Extern Program is limited and selections are based on the needs of the Indian health program. Below is a priority listing of those eligible (including USPHS JRCOSTEP participants) for the IHS Extern Program:

  • Health Professions scholarship recipients.
  • Health professions students (non-recipients) who are American Indian or Alaska Native.
  • Non-American Indian/Alaska Native health professions students (non-recipients).
  • Preparatory or Pre-Graduate scholarship recipients.
Application Deadline

Applications for a 2016 summer externship are now being accepted at USAJOBS through January 15, 2016. Applicants must provide current transcripts and an OF-306 at the time of application in order to be referred to a hiring official.

How to Apply

Submit your externship application at USAJOBS . The online system provides a detailed overview including:

  • A job summary
  • Key requirements
  • Duties
  • Qualifications
  • Evaluation details
  • Benefits
  • Required documentation

For more information regarding salary, travel, housing, and other aspects of this position, visit


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