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Job Title:  Student Extern
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-HQ-833645-ESEP/MP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$24,933.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 04, 2013 to Friday, July 12, 2013
Full Time - Internships NTE 120 Days
Many vacancies in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


The Indian Health Service is required by law to give preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applications are now being accepted for the Indian Health Service Summer 2013 (Approximately June 2013 - August 2013) and Winter 2013 (Approximately December 2013 - January 2014) Externship Program for the Indian Health Service.

The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs. For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV.

Depending on availability of P.L. 94-437 scholarship funds, applications are being accepted from Students enrolled in various health fields and/or health related fields of study. Due to limited resources, employment opportunities may not exist in all disciplines or grade categories.

This position is being filled under the Excepted Service. The IHS Extern Program is an opportunity to gain hands-on instructive experience in a clinical setting before you graduate.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be enrolled in an academic health, allied health professional program
  • or career track
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must be in good academic standing with a 2.0 grade point average or above
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service


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Students will be assigned to an IHS healthcare delivery system (IHS clinic, Urban Indian clinic or health program, Tribal clinic or health program) and will participate in a full range of activities in their respective health disciplines or fields. The duties will vary depending on the profession or field entered, year in school, prior experience, etc.

  • Gain working knowledge and experience in your chosen health profession or field with Indian Health Service during non-academic periods for up to 120 work days per calendar year.
  • Assist preceptor in daily duties in field of their academics.
  • Assist and prepare reports on assigned projects.
  • Assist on day to day administrative operations by performing tasks related to their office department functions.


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GS-3: one (1) year of education above high school level (30 semester hours/45 quarter hours).

GS-4: completed 60 semester hours/90 quarter hours.

GS-5: completed bachelor's degree (120 semester hours/180 quarter hours).

GS-7: completed first year of graduate school (18 semester hours of graduate education, 27 quarter hours of graduate selection).

GS-9: completed Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or two (2) full years of progressively higher graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D. if related to a health or allied health profession program.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the cut-off dates listed in the supporting document section.

You may be asked to provide an updated transcript history if it becomes apparent that you have completed additional coursework after submitting your application.


Applications will be evaluated to determine educational requirements as described above. Thereafter you will be invited to complete an occupational questionnaire of the following competencies:

  • Technical Competence
  • Self Development
  • Initiative
  • Communication
  • Job Knowledge
  • Team Work
  • Problem Solving

You will be rated based on the number of credit hours completed to determine the grade level you are qualified for. Adjustments may be made at time of appointment.

Externship locations will be based on availability and/or the selectee's preference.

For questions regarding the IHS Extern Program for the location you are interested in contact:

  • IHS Headquarters: Michelle Bowser, (301)443-6520
  • Navajo Area: Aletha John, (928)871-1360
  • Aberdeen Area: Kim Annis, (605)226-7466
  • Bemidji Area: Tony Buckanaga, (218)444-0486
  • Billings Area: Delon Rock Above, (406)247-7215
  • Albuquerque Area: Cora Boone, (505)248-4418
  • Oklahoma Area: Keith Bohanan, (405)951-3789
  • Nashville Area: Marla Jones (615)467-1576
  • Phoenix and Tucson Areas: Trudy Begay (602)364-5219
  • Alaska Area: Courtney Bridges (907)729-1917 or Tasha Hotch, (907)729-1913
  • California Area: Mona Celli, (916)930-3981 ext. 311
  • Portland Area: Eugenia Parker, (503)414-7745


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Extern's may be eligible to request travel reimbursements for one round trip to the extern site.

Students may be able to accrue leave depending on length of appointment.

Life, Health, and Retirement benefits are not available in the extern program.


Additional or alternate selections may be made within 90 days of the date the candidate referral roster certificate was issued.

Priority consideration will be given in the following order:

  1. IHS Scholarship Recipient, Section 104, Section 112, & Section 217 Health Professionals;
  2. Health Professionals, Non-IHS Scholarship/Native American Indian;
  3. Health Professionals, Non-IHS Scholarship/Non-Indian
  4. IHS Scholarship Recipient, Section 103 Pre-graduate
  5. IHS Scholarship Recipient, Section 103 Preparatory

Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

Measles and Rubella and Tuberculosis immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

Selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.  See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

  1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire, answer all questions and upload required documents.
  2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 833645. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.  If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
  3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
  4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.

The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Human Resources Customer Service, (301)443-3931, and/or HRCUSTOMERSERVICE@IHS.GOV.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


Required documentation for eligibility and preference:

All documents must be received by Friday, July 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time in order to ensure that you receive proper credit for eligibility and/or preference categories.

The following cutoff dates are interim dates before the closing date of the vacancy announcement when candidates may be referred for consideration for the next Extern opportunity. Therefore, ALL documents must be received by TAG:Closing Date at 12:00 PM Eastern Time in order to ensure that you receive proper credit for eligibility and/or preference categories on the following cutoff dates:

  • April 1, 2013
  • October 1, 2013


Human Resources Customer Service
Phone: (301)443-3931
TDD: 301-443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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