Summer 2010 EHO JRCOSTEPS

More than 25 Students Participate as EHO JRCOSTEPS During 2010

The Indian Health Service (IHS), Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Coast Guard (USCG) called 25 undergraduate and graduate students to active duty as JRCOSTEPS during the summer of 2010.  Students were stationed in locations across the country and were able to experience life as a Junior EHO in the US Public Health Service.

Current list of JRCOSTEPS (PDF: 8 KB, 1 page)

Securing Your First Assignment

Securing Your First Assignment  (PDF: 1 Mb, 2 pages)

Qualifying Degrees

Qualifying degrees (PDF: 24 KB, 7 pages) for receiving a Commission as an Environmental Health Officer.

Life cycle of an Application

The following chart describes the life cycle of an application from pre-screening to Call to Active Duty.

Life cycle of an application (PDF: 123 KB, 1 page).

JRCOSTEP Information

Each year, the EHO Category hires approximately 25-35 students for summer Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) positions. Most positions are with the Indian Health Service (IHS) in many different areas of the United States, including Alaska. Other agencies that typically hire one or two JRCOSTEPs per summer are: ATSDR, CDC, Coast Guard, and the National Park Service. The EHO category typically has 70-100 applicants for these positions; therefore, all positions are competitive. Most are undergraduate level, but there are several graduate students placed each year.

Below are narratives of JRCOSTEP experiences from students who participated in the program during the summer of 2010.  These students were assigned to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).  For more information on student experiences with the Indian Health Service (IHS) please visit the Division of Environmental Health Services website.

2009 Student Narratives

For more information on student opportunities visit the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) website.

  • Tips for JRCOSTEPS (Nov 2011 edition) (PDF: 38 kb, 2 pages)
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