Internship Opportunities ~ Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently posted an OUTSTANDING opportunity that is certainly worth consideration – and I quote:

“Please consider an amazing opportunity to support the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology, within the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The Office is the principal Federal entity charged with the development of a nationwide interoperable health information technology infrastructure to ensure that public and private sector programs and initiatives related to the exchange of health information are complimentary efforts executed in a coordinated manner.

ONC is headed by a National Coordinator who serves as the Secretary’s principal advisor on the development, application, and use of health information technology; coordination of HHS health information technology policies and programs internally and with other relevant executive branch agencies; direction and development of a strategic plan to guide the nationwide implementation of interoperable health information technology in both the public and private health care sectors to the extent permitted by law; and provision of comments and advice at the request of OMB regarding specific Federal health information technology programs.  Opportunities are available for motivated individuals interested in working on new programs, policy initiatives, program reviews, and operational initiatives.

We are looking for dynamic individuals who want to grow personally and professionally, full-time, as part of a cohort in a developmental program that includes rotational work assignments, structured training and other activities in the areas of overall management and administration.    All applicants must have strong writing and public speaking skills as well as intermediate experience using the Microsoft Office suite of programs.  We’re also looking for candidates with project management, program analysis, quantitative research, and/or policy analysis skills.  In addition, experienced information technology project managers are encouraged to apply.


Position Title:                                   Management Analyst (Multiple Positions will be filled)
Open Period:                                    May 21, 2010 – June 4, 2010
Series/Grade:                                   GS-0343-09 (Promotion Potential to GS-12)
Salary:                                             $51,630 – $67,114 (with promotion potential to $97,333)
Duty Location(s):                              Washington, D.C.

The Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP) is a two-year entry-level, full-time employment and career development training program in the public service. As a Federal Career Intern, you will participate in developmental assignments designed to train you for the full performance level or promotion potential of the position. You will be responsible for a wide variety of sensitive and complex duties involving analytical, coordinative, advisory and consultative services. To be eligible for FCIP, you must be a U.S. citizen.

Salary Level GS-09: Master’s or equivalent graduate degree; or two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master’s or equivalent degree; or a combination of qualifying education and experience; or one year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal government.”

Need I repeat that this is an OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY? Talk about the potential to learn, grow, and make connections!

Go to the original posting to get application specifics – one thing though, the deadline is June 4th – so if you’re interested, get moving!

About the author


Gwen Darling

Gwen Darling is a Search Executive specializing in Healthcare IT, the Founder of Healthcare IT Central (the leading online Career Center for Healthcare IT job seekers and employers), and the Former Editor/Founder of Healthcare IT Today. Gwen also is a featured blogger for Healthcare Informatics magazine.

1 Comment

  • I am a San Franciscan resident just graduated to earn an associate degree in Healthcare Information Technology.

    I have spent six months of finding an HIT job and realized that I do not meet the job criteria (minimum at least 2 years in healthcare). However, I have more than 10 years of IT experience in which I highly believe will contribute productively in any healthcare settings including government.

    Since I do not meet the criteria, the only hope I foresee is searching an internship to gain experience in healthcare.
    I am certain that ONC is critically looking for talented individuals with both IT and Healthcare knowledge to support eHR implementation as quickly as possible, but I cannot help when I am not given the opportunity to demonstrate and gain experience.

    Please provide me list of intern program preferably in the San Francisco Bay Area where I can gain experience and contribute to any private/public healthcare firms.If there is not possible then a referral would be greatly appreciate. My email address is

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thank you for your understanding and kind support.

    Best regards,


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