Job Overview


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.


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.