SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I keep finding conflicting information online, so would like to hear from current or former USPHS interns. Does "Don't ask, don't tell" apply to civilian interns? JRCOSTEP/SRCOSTEP is technically under United States Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Indian Health Service (which is gay-friendly) and other agencies where they don't care. At some point you're "active duty," the details of which are a bit hazy and variable. Some people report going to gov agencies, some people go to prisons (eep) and some work on military installations. I would think that on a military base, DADT would be in play, but I've also met openly gay/trans civilians who work for the VA with no problem. So it gets confusing.