As a result of the current Federal government funding situation, the information on this website may not be up to date or acted upon. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at www.opm.gov . Despite the lapse in appropriations, IHS will continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through IHS clinics. For more information on how IHS is impacted, visit: HHS Contingency Plan
IHS Extern Program (Section 105)
The IHS Extern Program, authorized under Section 105 of the IHCIA, is designed to give IHS scholars and other health profession students the opportunity to gain clinical experience with IHS and Tribal health professionals in their chosen discipline. This program is open to IHS scholars and non-scholars. Students are employed up to 120 days annually, with most students working during the summer months. In FY 2015, the Extern Program funded a total of 124 student externs. There were 108 summer and 16 winter externs. A total of 120 students were health profession students and 25 (20 percent) were American Indian/Alaska Native. The following health disciplines were funded in FY 2015:
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Students apply for positions in specific Areas. Funding for each Area is based on the availability of positions and number of extern applicants.
To learn more, visit the IHS Extern Program.