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IHS Dental Externships

Jump-start Your Dental Career

If you’re a third-year dental student in search of a rewarding and unique training opportunity, the IHS Division of Oral Health (DOH) Dental Externship Program can provide you with the perfect opportunity. You will:

  • Gain valuable clinical experience practicing in an Indian health facility.
  • Develop your clinical skills under expert supervision.
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals.

You can apply to fulfill a dental externship during the summer before your final year of dental school. Externships take place every year between May 1 - September 30. Lengths vary, but typically range from two to four weeks. Each facility offers comprehensive dental practice experience and most are located within some of the most beautiful and recreational locations in the continental United States and Alaska.

As a dental extern, the knowledge you’ll obtain about public health dentistry will enable you to make an informed career choice in the months before graduation. What’s more, you’ll have an opportunity to establish relationships with mentors and dental health professionals who could open doors for your career.

You’ll also have an opportunity to decide whether working in a nontypical clinical setting, being mentored by an experienced staff and having an opportunity to provide much-needed care to a medically underserved patient population is your calling. An Indian health dental career offers you a chance to work in state-of-the-art facilities with excellent pay and benefits and eligibility for financial freedom through the IHS Loan Repayment Program.