U.S. Public Health Service

Attention NIOSH Hiring Officials

Main Contact: Bill Murphy, wjm4@cdc.gov

The U.S. Public Health Service has an internship program for US citizens called the Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (COSTEP). COSTEPs are viable hiring options to help you with special projects and work tasks. Information on the Junior COSTEP (JRCOSTEP) can be found at: https://usphs.gov/student/jrcostep.aspx.  Over 10 students have been hired over the last few years at NIOSH offices within Agriculture Safety and Health, DART, EID, EPRO, OMSHR and WSD and have worked across the country from Cincinnati, Ohio to Anchorage, Alaska. Programs have been pleased with the quality of the students and the work they have performed during their internship experiences.

The USPHS is recruiting students who qualify for the Environmental Health Officer and Engineer categories. These applicants must complete eligibility screening between October 15 – November 30, 2018. Please see the attached JRCOSTEP Timeline document developed by USPHS headquarters for additional information.
Students interested in a JRCOSTEP must have completed at least two years of study in an accredited baccalaureate program or at least one year of study in an accredited master’s or doctoral program. Interested students should phone the PHS Call Center at 1-888-225-3302 to start the application process.

Students are eligible for the JRCOSTEP as long as they meet the application requirements.  They do not have to have finished the Engineering degree, but are eligible if they are enrolled as an Engineering or and Environmental Hygiene student.

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