Student Opportunities - Commissioned Corps Officer Student Training and Extern Program (COSTEP)
The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps offers two excellent opportunities for students to serve their country while completing their education. If you are interested in a public health career, we encourage you to apply to the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) and the Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP). Both programs offer excellent benefits and are highly competitive.
Are you looking for an opportunity to meet leaders in public health, gain valuable professional experience, and be paid for your work while you complete your health-related education?
Consider the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP). JRCOSTEP training and extern positions are available to students who have completed at least 1 year of study in a master's or doctoral program or at least 2 years of study in a professionally accredited baccalaureate program in specific health disciplines and meet other program requirements. In recent years most JRCOSTEPs are in a variety of fields such as environmental health, pharmacy, engineering, nursing, and dentistry. JRCOSTEP participants work in the same exciting Federal agencies and programs as full Commissioned Corps officers do. Typical assignments in locations throughout the country vary from 31 up to 120 days during official school breaks. Most JRCOSTEP participants are hired for the summer months (i.e., June, July, August) but other opportunities may be available throughout the year. They are not obligated to serve in the Commissioned Corps after graduation, but may decide to serve an extended active-duty assignment after they complete their professional education. Click on JRCOSTEP <http://www.usphs.gov/student/jrcostep.aspx> for more information and to read a few firsthand accounts by program participants.
JRCOSTEP Quick Facts
Applications for JRCOSTEP in 2011
Students selected to be JRCOSTEP Participants
Number of sites hosting JRCOSTEP participants
Application deadline for 2013
December 31, 2012
Are you looking for financial assistance to complete your education for a public health career?
Consider the Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP). The SRCOSTEP is available to full time students during their final year of academic study or professional training. The program of study must lead to the completion of the academic and professional requirements outlined on our website by professional discipline <http://www.usphs.gov/profession/> . Those selected for the program can receive pay and benefits of an active duty officer at the O-1 level for up to 12 months while completing their academic or professional training. Applications are accepted from all Commissioned Corps eligible areas of study, though clinical positions (e.g. nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and physician assistants) are most often selected. In return for financial assistance, SRCOSTEP participants agree to work for the sponsoring agency as a Commissioned Corps Officer after graduation. The service obligation is equal to twice the time sponsored; that is, for 9 months of financial support, a SRCOSTEP participant commits to 18 months of employment with the division or organization that provided the support. Click on SRCOSTEP <http://www.usphs.gov/student/srcostep.aspx> for more information and to read a few firsthand accounts by program participants.
SRCOSTEP Quick Facts
Applications received for SRCOSTEP from students graduating in 2012 254
Students selected to be SRCOSTEP Participants 13 Nurse
2 Nurse Practitioner
1 Physician Assistant
Federal agencies that selected SRCOSTEP Participants Federal Bureau of Prisons
Indian Health Service
Application period for students graduating spring, summer or fall of 2014 only September 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012
Additional information can be found at http://www.usphs.gov/student/ <http://www.usphs.gov/student/> .
Thank you for your interest in a program through which you can serve your country while also completing your education and earning valuable work experience.
The Mission of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service
"Protecting, promoting and advancing the health and safety of the nation."