Administrative and Office Support (Pathways Internship Program Opportunity)

Washington D.C.
Apr 06, 2017
May 01, 2017
Full Time

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.

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 attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (high school, home-school programs, vocational, technical, undergraduate, and graduate) with paid opportunities to work in Agencies and explore Federal careers while attending school. This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal Civil Service by providing meaningful developmental work at the beginning of their career, to fully establish a career path.

The Internship positions are located within various offices and divisions within the Indian Health Service, Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. The Internship opportunities are available for various administrative and office support positions. The Intern will report to the Director or other supervisors within the selected office or divisions.

 Conversion to a term or permanent position is not mandatory or guaranteed. U.S. Citizenship is required to be eligible for conversion.

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.

Interns may work full-time, part time, and seasonal schedules.

This position is being announced concurrently under Merit Promotion and Excepted Service procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-17-HQ-1932577-ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

  • Not Required

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  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

    In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-


    For Internship positions, you must meet ONE of the following criteria:

    GS-1 Level: Enrollment in a high school diploma or GED program

    GS-2 Level: High school diploma or equivalent

    GS-3 Level: Completion of One (1) academic year of post-high school study

    GS-4 Level: Completion of two (2) academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree

    Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

    • You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree, GED, or certificate program on a full-time or half-time basis as defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school of curriculum).
    • Enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved home school; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4- year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school and medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum; and
    • Students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing, maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis.

    You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship program.

    When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution. Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: .

    You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, April 28, 2017

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