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Indian Health Service Dental Externships

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.


A 2024 application cycle is not expected. See the application process section below for additional details.

Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Feb 29, 2020

Indian Health Service Dental Externships provide an opportunity for dental students to gain professional experience, as well as to determine whether a career with the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health or a position at a specific IHS or Tribal site would be a career path of interest.

Most externships require a commitment of 2-4 weeks between May 1 – September 30.

Program reference guide


Externships are available for dental students between their third and fourth years of school within the months of May through September.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Covers the following travel expenses, up to $2,000:

  • Airfare, which is deducted from the budgeted expenses
  • Lodging (at government rates) when free housing is not available
  • A per diem for miscellaneous expenses

Students must be prepared to cover the travel costs (other than airfare) related to the externship. Reimbursement will be paid upon completion of travel.

Application process

According to the program website:

"The 2024 application cycle for the Class of 2025 will not be available at this time. The Class of 2026 is encouraged to join the Dental Recruitment listserv to receive the latest updates about the IHS Dental Externship as it returns in January 2025."

Links to the online application and related forms are available on the program website.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Dental workforce · Health workforce education and training · Oral health

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