Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP)
Engineering students can train alongside active duty Engineer Officers of the Indian Health Service during their summer break as part of the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program. Participants are paid and receive health benefits, housing and travel allowances. Programs last between 30 and 120 days in Summer 2022. Participants become inactive Public Health Service officers upon completing the program and can activate upon graduation. There is no obligation to join the USPHS Commissioned Corps.
Students will work in collaboration with the Indian Health Service’s Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction or Division of Facilities Management.
Duties may include
Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction (Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste)
- Assists with engineering tasks required for the design of individual and community sanitation facilities including water supply and distribution, sewage collection and treatment and solid waste collection and disposal methods.
- Visits sites to obtain information such as condition of systems, location of sewer mains, local water pressures, plumbing layouts, etc., investigates malfunctioning water and sewer system components, and assists with preliminary diagnosis.
- Estimates cost, manpower, and material necessary to correct malfunctioning systems.
- Inspects active construction of water and wastewater facilities or healthcare facilities for compliance with designs and specifications and safety requirements.
Division of Facilities Management (Healthcare Facilities)
- Participation in activities related to the design and construction of assigned projects.
- Assist with development of drawings and specifications for routine projects.
- Review engineering texts, periodicals, manufacturer’s publications and agency technical material to obtain information on material, equipment, and pertinent data to accomplish projects and improve operation of building and building systems.
- Observe and participate in the nature and scope of operation, modification, and repair of facilities.
- Visit campus sites to obtain specified information on condition of existing structures.
• Undergraduates with at least two years of study toward a baccalaureate degree in an engineering major (including: civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical, etc.).
• Master’s students who have completed at least one year of graduate study in engineering.
• Pay: Participants receive the pay and allowances of an O-1, Ensign (or more for those with prior service).
• Housing: A tax-free allowance for your rent or mortgage calculated based on your duty station and dependent status.
• Health care for emergencies and space-available care at military medical treatment facilities.
• Travel costs are covered between your home and program location.
Interested in becoming a USPHS engineering intern?
To learn more about the application process and eligibility, visit https://www.usphs.gov/students/
To begin the pre-screening process & submit an application, submit the “Contact JR/SR COSTEP” form at: https://www.usphs.gov/contact-costep