Job Overview


Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.
The Indian Health Service (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. Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal Careers while still in school and getting paid for the work performed.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

  1. You must be a student accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and in good standing; enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school including high schools, colleges, universities, technical, trade, vocational or business schools.
  2. You must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis.

This announcement will serve as public notice of competition to hire new Pathways students on 1 year NTE positions, to convert current IHS interns from NTE positions into Pathways positions that expire with the completion of your educational goals, and to extend current Oklahoma City Area Pathways Interns for an additional 1 year NTE.

An agency may convert an Intern non-competitively from the Internship Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service provided that all the terms of section 5 CFR 362.204 are met and there is an available position. Once all the terms of section 5 CFR 362.204 are met the person is qualified for the position and there is an available position, this position may be converted to the following series; 0080, 0185, 0201, 0203, 0303, 0318, 0326, 0340, 0341, 0382, 0399, 0510, 0525, 0540, 0560, 0601, 0610, 0620, 0621, 0630, 0631, 0633, 0636, 0640, 0644, 0645, 0647, 0649, 0651, 0655, 0661, 0662, 0671, 0675, 0679, 0681, 0682, 0688, 0801, 0802, 0808, 0809, 0819, 0850, 0856, 0962, 1102, 1105, 1106, 1530, 1601, 1640, 1725, 2005, 2210.  However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. U.S. citizenship is required to be eligible for conversion.
This Internship is for students who can commit to working year-round. Interns may work full-time, part-time, intermittent or (seasonal) schedules.
The IHS is required by law to give absolute 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 IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


As an Administrative & Office Support, Pathways Intern, he/she will perform the following job duties:

  • Filing and scanning documents for mailing and internal distribution
  • Receives visitors and answers the telephone
  • Prepare and edit spreadsheets
  • Create, edit, cut and paste a variety of documents utilizing Microsoft Word
  • Other duties as assigned

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    Few vacancies in the following locations

    • Lawrence, KS
    • Anadarko, OK
    • Claremore, OK
    • Clinton, OK
    • Lawton, OK
    • Oklahoma City, OK
    • Okmulgee, OK
    • Pawnee, OK
    • Shawnee, OK
    • Watonga, OK
    • Wewoka, OK