Job Overview


Applications are now being accepted for the Indian Health Service (IHS) Summer 2015 (consult the Area office for the specific timeframe) Externship Program for the Indian Health Service. These positions are being filled under the Excepted 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.

The IHS Extern Program is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on instructive experience in a healthcare setting before graduation.

Not all disciplines are available in all locations/area offices. Contact your local Area Scholarship Coordinator for more information.


Students will be assigned to an IHS healthcare delivery system (IHS clinic, Urban Indian clinic or health program, Tribal clinic or health program) to 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.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Student/Internship Program Eligibles

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