Student Extern

Washington D.C.
Mar 04, 2019
Mar 04, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Eligible Externs may be able to receive travel reimbursementsfor one round trip to site.


The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interiors' definition of Indian for appointments 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.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Must be in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or above.
  • Must be enrolled in an academic health, allied health professional program OR career track listed in the IHS Scholarship Program Comparison Chart.
Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.
  • This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Upon tentative selection, selectee will be requested to complete, sign, and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care & Indian Child Care Worker Position form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 03/01/2019

GS-03: One (1) year of education above high school level (30 semester hours/45 quarter hours)
GS-04: Completed 60 semester hours/90 quarter hours
GS-05: Completed Bachelor degree (120 semester hours/ 180 quarter hours)
GS-07: Completed first year of graduate school (18 semester hours of graduate education, 27 quarter hours of graduate selection) OR a Bachelor degree and meet the superior academic achievement qualifications due to meeting one of the following: (1) A standing in the upper third of your college class or major subdivision (e.g. school of engineering); (2) A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as recorded on your official transcripts; (3) A grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale based on required courses completed in a qualifying major field of study; (4) Membership in a national honorary scholastic society that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Society.
GS-09: Completed Masters' 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

NOTE: Those who have or will graduate from their program of study before or during the externship period or not eligible for the Extern Program.
You may be asked to provide an updated transcript history if it becomes apparent that you have completed additional coursework after submitting your application.
You will be rated based on the number of credit hours completed to determine grade level you are required for. Adjustments may be made at time of appointment.
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.

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.

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:

Relocation Authorized Description: Eligible Externs may be able to receive travel reimbursements for one round trip to site. Reimbursement of movement of family members, pets, or household goods are NOT authorized.

Students may or may not be able to accrue leave depending on length of appointment. Life and Retirement benefits are not available in the Extern Program.
Health benefits are available for full-time Externs with not-to-exceed dates of 90 days or more.

For questions regarding the IHS Extern Program contact:

  • Great Plains Area Locations: Mathew Martin, (605) 266-7502
  • Alaska Area Locations: Jennifer Fielder, (907) 729-1387
  • Albuquerque Area: Jeanette Garcia. (505) 248-4418
  • Bemidji Area Locations: Tony Buckanaga (218) 444-0486
  • Billings Area Locations: Brett Miller, (406) 247-7211
  • California Area Locations: Sergio Islas, (916) 420-0030
  • Nashville Area Locations: Nicholas Mayo (615) 467-1711
  • Navajo Area Locations: Aletha John, (928) 871-1360
  • Oklahoma Area Locations: Keith Bohanan, (405) 951-3789
  • Phoenix Area Locations: Stephanie Qa 'havi, (602) 364-5225
  • Portland Area Locations: Heidi Hulsey, (503) 414-7745
  • Tucson Area Locations: Stephanie Qa 'havi, (602) 364-5225
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against the qualifications as defined in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement and your responses to the assessment questions.
You will be further evaluated/rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions to determine your competency in the following:

Your resume and any documents submitted will be retained for three months and may be used at any time during this period. After 3 months, you must reapply to this announcement in order to be considered.

You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the assessment questionnaires. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration.

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance. CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a "well qualified" rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Workforce Restructuring Career Transition website at: CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled) -
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) -
Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) -
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Click here to view vacancy questions: All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, 03/01/2019, to be considered.

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Drug test required No

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