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OSHA Graduate Nurse Internship Program

Instructions to Applicant


The application period for the 2015 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 Sheila Arbury, Health Scientist, Office of Occupational Health Nursing at 202-693-2547.

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 2015.

See the Program Outline for more important information about the Graduate Nurse Internship Program.

  1. Please provide your resume to document your professional experience (provide at a minimum the past 5 years of work experiences).
  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 Program eligibility criteria.
    3. Indicate your choice of eight-week internship period in your application. Internships typically take place between May and September.
    4. Considering the objectives of the internship program, explain why you are interested in the OSHA Graduate Nurse Internship Program.
    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. Send all elements of the application to:

    • Sheila Arbury, Health Scientist
    • Office of Occupational Medicine and 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
  • Review data on enforcement cases in healthcare: Use OSHA data over five years to analyze patterns in citations over time, looking for trends and changes and generating ideas to address these changes as needed. Develop classification systems for signature hazards, including bloodborne pathogens, workplace violence, and ergonomics, and code healthcare inspections by this system. Examine the changes in citations over time as an indicator of the effectiveness of OSHA standards and guidelines over time.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens: Assist with project to analyze bloodborne pathogens enforcement data since 1991, grouped in 5-year periods, to determine incidence of citations for specific parts of the standard and what conclusions can be drawn about trends over time and standard effectiveness.
  • Workplace Violence: Perform literature review since 2010; update OSHA electronic internal and external resources and suggest additions/updates for WPV webpage. Collaborate with others in Agency to compare characteristics of WPV of the different perpetrator types (client, co-worker, criminal) and prevention strategies.
  • Heat Enforcement Cases, 2014: Using OSHA’s heat enforcement data, review and analyze the 2014 cases to follow-up on the 2014 analysis of 2012 - 2013 cases and to evaluate the effectiveness of existing heat illness prevention campaigns and tools and to identify needed changes.
  • Healthcare eTool: Assist in Agency project to revise/update eTool.
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