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If you have ever considered a career in health care, we invite you to explore and discover a comprehensive array of student opportunities in Indian health. If you have the motivation and the desire to pursue an Indian health career, we have the road map to achieve it.

Indian health programs around the country have an urgent need for dedicated and passionate health professionals. Filling that need begins with people like you, someone who chooses to pursue an uncommon path and embarks on a career of higher purpose. Embrace our mission and make it your own.

IHS Scholarship Program

Since its creation in 1977, the IHS Scholarship Program has supported thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native students in their quest for a health professions degree leading to a career in Indian health. Today, this support continues as IHS seeks the next generation of leaders committed to improving the health of Indian communities.

Visit the IHS Scholarship Program website or contact the branch office at (301) 443-6197 for application and program information.

IHS Extern Program

The IHS Extern Program offers IHS scholarship recipients, as well as other health professions students, the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience in an Indian health facility. This experience allows students to develop their clinical skills under expert supervision while contributing to an interdisciplinary team of health professionals.

Testimonial

"In my work, I get to put to use every skill I developed when I trained as a psychologist. I'm involved in research, writing, patient care, disease prevention and public health. Every day I learn something new and it makes my job very rewarding."

- IHS Psychologist
IHS Scholarship Recipient

If you are seeking a life-changing cultural and pre-professional experience, we encourage you to pursue one of our externships. Visit the IHS Externship Program website or contact the branch office at (301) 443-6197 for more information on the IHS Extern Program.

IHS Residencies and Rotations

IHS has established residency and rotation agreements with a number of health professions schools throughout the United States. These agreements provide excellent clinical and cultural experiences within Indian communities and can lay the foundation for a career in Indian health.

Contact the IHS recruiter serving your health profession for more information.

Other Student Opportunities

Indian health professions grant programs are designated partnerships between academic institutions and IHS for the purpose of training more American Indian and Alaska Native health professionals to serve in Indian health programs.

American Indians into Nursing Program

The American Indians into Nursing Program's mission is to increase the number of nurses, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners who serve Indian communities.

For more information, contact:

Arizona State University
Stephen Livingston
Phone: (602) 496-0889
Montana State University
Brian King
Phone: (406) 994-2710
 
University of North Dakota
Deb Wilson
Phone: (701) 777-4519
Oglala Lakota College
Joan Nelson
Phone: (605) 867-5856
 
Salish Kootenai College
Katherine M. Willock, PhD, RN
Phone: (406) 275-4921
 
 

American Indians into Psychology Program

A growing need for well-trained clinical psychologists of American Indian and Alaska Native descent led to the development of the American Indians into Psychology Program (INPSYC).

Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing psychology degrees. INPSYC furnishes valuable, in-the-field training opportunities in Indian communities to graduate students in clinical psychology.

For more information on INPSYC programs, contact:

Oklahoma State University
John M. Chaney, PhD
Phone: (405) 659-1928
University of North Dakota
Justin McDonald, PhD
Phone: (701) 777-4497
 
University of Montana
Gyda Swaney, PhD
Phone: (406) 243-5630
 
 

American Indians into Medicine Program

American Indian and Alaska Native college students can pursue support for their health care career preparation via the American Indians Into Medicine Program (INMED). INMED presents a range of health care career possibilities and proven paths to success through career counseling, tutoring, scholarship and financial aid application assistance. Educational summer sessions are available as are travel grants for health conference expenses.

For more information, contact:

University of Minnesota
Anna Wirta Kosobuski
Phone: (218) 726-7235
University of North Dakota
Gene Delorme
Phone: (701) 777-3037
 
University of New Mexico
Gayle Dine'Chacon
Phone: (505) 272-2165