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The IHS employs five to fifteen Environmental Health externs each year through the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training Extern Program (JRCOSTEP).

  • Earn ~$3,000/month and hold the rank of Ensign in the USPHS
  • Assignments usually occur in summer
  • Locations are at field offices across the U.S.
  • Duties are typical of an IHS Environmental Health Specialist

For information about COSTEP pay, benefits, eligibility, and application requirements, please visit the USPHS Commissioned Corps Student Opportunities and Training website Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving .

For information specifically about Environmental Health and Injury Prevention opportunities in the IHS, contact Stephen Piontkowski at 301-443-1263.

COSTEP/Extern Experiences