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IHS Dental Externships

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Insight into a Meaningful Career

If you're a third-year dental student in search of a rewarding and unique training opportunity, an IHS dental externship will give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that could lead to a career as an Indian health dental professional. During the summer before your final year of dental school, you can gain valuable clinical experience in an Indian health facility while developing your clinical skills under expert supervision and contributing to an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals. As a dental extern, the knowledge you will gain about the advantages of public health dentistry will enable you to make an informed career choice in the months before graduation from dental school. What's more, you will have an opportunity to establish relationships with mentors and dental health professionals that could open doors for your career.

You will also have a chance to decide whether working in a non-typical clinical setting, being mentored by experienced staff and having an opportunity to provide much-needed care to a diverse population is your calling. An Indian health career offers you a chance to work in state-of-the-art facilities with excellent pay, benefits and an opportunity to apply for loan repayment, as well as job stability and potential career advancement.

If you’re interested in learning more, our Dental Externship Program Fact Sheet provides an overview of the program, including eligibility, application and participation information.


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