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OSHA Graduate Nurse Internship

Instructions to Applicant


The application period for the 2014 Graduate Nurse Internship Program is now closed.

Submit a complete application package consisting of the following documents. Include your name as a header on every page of each document submitted. Failure to include any of these elements from the application package may eliminate the candidate from successfully competing for an intern position. Address questions about the application process to the Office of Occupational Health Nursing (OOHN) at 202-693-2120.

Interns are assigned to projects based on OSHA priorities and the intern’s experience and skills. See the textbox on this page for possible intern projects in 2014.

See the Program Outline and the Letter of Intent for more important information about the Graduate Nurse Internship.

  1. Please provide your resume to document your professional experience (provide at a minimum the past 5 years of work experiences). Applicants may be requested to participate in a telephone interview with the Director and other OOHN staff members. Indicate your contact information and availability for such an interview.
  2. A letter of support from the director of your academic program or the person responsible for your academic specialty. The letter should include:
    1. Name and address of faculty advisor, if different from the program director.
    2. Full title of your program of study.
    3. Confirmation of good academic standing.
    4. Documentation of the percentage of required academic credits you will have completed by the start of the internship. (You must have completed at least 50% of the required credit hours toward completion of the program of study by the start of the internship.)
    5. A statement of faculty support for your application. This statement should include an assessment of your skills and abilities, e.g., technical writing abilities; oral and written communications skills; ability to conceptualize and to work dependently/independently; team work skills, etc.
  3. Copies of the following items:
    1. List of graduate courses that will be completed by the start of the internship rotation period.
    2. Current nursing license. If your state prohibits the photocopying of the license, indicate
      this in your narrative and provide the licensure verification procedure for your state.
    3. If you are a board-certified occupational health nurse, a copy of your current certification. Indicate and submit copies of any other national certifications you hold.
  1. A personal narrative addressing the following items:
    1. Full title of your program of study.
    2. Describe how you meet the Graduate Nurse Internship eligibility criteria.
    3. Indicate your choice of rotation period in your application letter by proposing any consecutive eight-week period from May, 2014 through September, 2014.
    4. Considering the objectives of the internship program, explain why you are interested in the OSHA Graduate Nurse Internship.
    5. Describe the expertise and experience in occupational health and safety you bring to the internship relative to OSHA activities, e.g. work experience, formal education, research. Describe relevant OSHA experiences you have had, either in the past or at present.
    6. Indicate your potential areas of interest from the text box of possible projects and describe how your experience and skills would contribute to the projects.
    7. Describe how this internship will further your overall professional goals.
  2. A technical writing sample written during your graduate study. The sample does not need to be written specifically for this application, but can be a document written for graduate school purposes. However, the sample document should be no older than three years, a maximum of 10 double-spaced pages with one-inch margins all-round; font should be Times New Roman, 12 pitch.
  3. The completed Letter of Intent signed by you and the appropriate university representative.
  4. Send all elements of the application to:

    • Office of Occupational Health Nursing
    • U.S. Department of Labor - OSHA
    • Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management
    • Room N-3653
    • 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
    • Washington, D.C. 20210
Possible Projects
  • Chemicals in healthcare: Gather information on chemicals in healthcare, such as formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, ethylene oxide, mercury, cleaning products, Bisphenol A and phthalates, and create an electronic assistance tool for the OSHA website. 
  • Healthcare patient/worker safety: Research materials on this subject and create an electronic assistance tool for the OSHA website which incorporates patient and worker safety into an overall safety culture.
  • Workplace violence: Modify and expand the existing online tool for OSHA compliance officers performing inspections where hazards include workplace violence. Create codes for inspections done before and after the publication of OSHA’s Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care and Social Services Workers and examine OSHA enforcement data to determine the effect of this publication on the number and types of workplace violence citations.
  • Young workers: Create a young worker safety and health bibliography to serve as an internal OSHA resource and support OSHA’s 2014 young worker initiative during the implementation and evaluation of its outreach activities.
  • Review data on enforcement cases in healthcare: Analyze OSHA enforcement inspections in healthcare to develop useful classification systems for signature hazards, including bloodborne pathogens, workplace violence, and ergonomics.  Identify an historical timeline of changes in standards and compliance interpretations. Code health care inspections by the developed coding system.  Examine the changes in citations over time as an indicator of the effectiveness of OSHA standards and guidelines over time.
  • Analyze enforcement cases to determine the relationship between exposures, health effects and work settings: Organize enforcement cases by specific disease outcomes. Classify them by chemical exposures and exposure groupings and by job categories.  Identify groups of NAICS codes and job titles / descriptions with generally high exposures to select for targeted inspections.
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