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Working for ICE Health Service Corps

Who We Are

IHSC comprises a diverse workforce of approximately 1,650 employees that includes U.S. Public health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps officers, federal civil servants, and contract health professionals who provide the delivery of safe, high-quality health care to those in ICE custody, while they undergo immigration proceedings. IHSC delivers this care in accordance with nationally recognized standards and professional peer-reviewed guidelines.

IHSC employs highly trained and experienced physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, behavioral health providers, technicians, administrators, program analysts and managers, and others.

What We Do

The ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) is the only entity within ICE responsible for providing direct medical care. IHSC is committed to providing health care services to reduce global disease and support the safe apprehension, enforcement, and removal of detained individuals involved in immigration proceedings.

“Providing care to and advocating for ICE’s vulnerable population is an enormous responsibility and a distinct honor.”

How to Apply for a Position

Job announcements are posted at USAJOBS, a hiring portal for the U.S. government. If you are a member of the general public, the first step in applying for a position at ICE is to create a USAJOBS profile, and regularly search for ICE jobs that are listed as “Open to the public (all sources).” If you are a current federal employee, you can search USAJOBS for job announcements that are listed as “Merit promotion eligible candidates” or “Eligible for federal employees.” ICE is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse workforce that is both highly productive and effective.

Tip: Use the Saved Searches feature to have USAJOBS automatically search for jobs based on your search criteria and email you daily, weekly or monthly about new vacancies.

Apply for an Opening

  • Read the vacancy announcement carefully. The required documents can vary depending on the job listing. USAJOBS instructions should be read and followed carefully for each job announcement. Include documents required for law enforcement officers.
  • Visit USAJOBS, look in the “Help” section and search for “Federal Resume Training” to find documents and videos available to help with creating a federal resume.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete.
  • Follow all required steps and submit all required documents listed in the vacancy announcement before the vacancy closes.

U.S. Public Health Service Officer Applicants

The following requirements only apply to U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers applying to ICE Health Service Corps positions. Registration Instructions

IHSC Recruiting announces IHSC Commissioned Corps Job Announcements on and is accessible to registered users. If you are a new user, please self-register on and select the Register Now button at the top right of the screen. Self-registration is available to Federal Government employees and contractors with a Federal Government email address. Federal employees/contractors with a non-government email address, as well as non-federal employees performing Federal activities, should contact or (202) 395-6860.


Registered users may subscribe to the IHSC Job Announcement Webpage as a “watcher” and receive updates.

How to Apply

Submit one combined Adobe PDF file in an email to, according to the following specifications.

  • Save your file “(YourLastName)_Hiring Documents.” Example, “Smith_Hiring Documents”.
  • Do not send zip files.
  • Email subject line should include: Title of the position, and your rank and LastName Example: “Program Management Officer – LT Smith”.

Required Information and Documents:

  • Date of most recent certificate of investigation, located in your electronic personnel file.
  • Cover letter.
  • Three (3) professional references. Include name, title and contact information.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) describing relevant experience, education, training, etc.
  • Three (3) most recent Commissioned Officer Effectiveness Reports.
  • Copies of licensures, degrees, certificates.

Student Opportunities

Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP)

The ICE Health Service Corps, in conjunction with the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), offers well-qualified students an excellent employment opportunity through the Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP). Through SRCOSTEP, students in select health-related field of study are commissioned as Ensigns in PHS during the final year of academic study towards a qualifying degree or residency. Students receive full salary and benefits in exchange for an employment commitment at the sponsoring agency after graduation.

Learn more about SRCOSTEP

What happens after you submit your application

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email the outcome after you complete each of these steps. IHSC will update your status on your USAJOBS account throughout the process.

Following receipt of a tentative selection letter, you must complete pre-employment requirements. These requirements vary by position. All positions require security vetting and drug test. You may also be required to pass a medical exam, fitness exam and oral board interview. Security vetting takes an average of three months to complete, but the process can vary from two weeks to one year, depending on both the applicant’s history and the level of security vetting required for the position. For internal candidates, a drug test is not required.

A selection letter remains tentative until the candidate meets all pre-employment requirements for the position. Once you clear these requirements, then IHSC will make a firm job offer.

Updated: 01/10/2023