The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a variety of hands-on, short-term internship programs for graduate students still in school. All offer a unique experience in one of many public health fields.
|Topic||Description||Open To||Length/Salary||Application Period|
|General Interest/Communication||Administrative and Communication Internships and Externships
Students explore the critical role of public health lawyers and analysts who work to advance the use of laws as a public health tool.
|Students enrolled in master’s-level programs earning degrees in public health, public policy, public administration, communication, business, or similar disciplines||9-14 Weeks, unpaid||Summer: January 31 (Deadline) Fall: April 30 (Deadline) Spring: October 1 (Deadline)|
Involves developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.
|Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in applied sciences||10 Weeks, paid||October to January|
|Environmental Health||CDC Summer Graduate Environmental Health (GEH) Internship
Projects where students utilize skills acquired through graduate studies and personal experiences, and activities that expose them to many facets of environmental health.
|Graduate students (currently enrolled, fulltime) interests or studies applicable to environmental health||9 Weeks, paid||November to February|
|Ethics||CDC-Tuskegee University Public Health Ethics Student Internship
Summer internship students interested in public health ethics. Interns work with mentors from across the agency to develop projects applying public health ethics principles. They also gain opportunities to become familiar with the CDC workplace and observe the principles of public health ethics in practice on a daily basis.
|Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Tuskegee University||N/A||Contact: Jo A. Valentine, MSW
Associate Director, Office of Health Equity
Division of STD Prevention, NCHHSTP, CDC
|Health Education/Communication||*DHPE Health Equity Internship Program
Offers a unique internship opportunity to prepare students of federally designated minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to apply academic skills and problem-solving to real-life work experiences while the public health programs they serve gain vitality and fresh perspectives from future leaders.
|Undergraduate and graduate students from minority-serving institutions||12 Weeks, paid||Various months. For more information, contact Karen Probert at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|General Interest||Emory Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) Program
Work study practicum to gain real-world public health experience (e.g., federal, state, county, and other government agencies, as well as Emory-affiliated programs, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations throughout Atlanta).
|Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health students (MPH, MSPH)||166.5 Hrs. each semester, paid||August 1 – September 30 and November 1 – February 17
students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for the REAL Award before March; Contact email@example.com
|General Interest||*Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program (HNIP)
Provides direct experience matched to majors and career goals in a diverse array of careers in the federal sector.
|Enrollment in a degree-seeking program (BA/BS, Masters, JD, MD, or PhD) and recent graduates||10-15 Weeks, paid||Spring: September to November; Summer: September to March; Fall: January to June|
|Infectious Diseases||James A Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Opportunities for students interested in participating in infectious diseases and health disparities research. Ferguson Fellows are encouraged to submit their research to national meetings and for publication.||Graduate students in medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, and public health master’s-level graduate programs (target students of underrepresented populations)||9 Weeks summer, paid||November to January|
|General Interest||*Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP)
An opportunity for students to work in the same federal programs as active duty Commissioned Corps officers while completing a health-related education.
|Undergraduates who have completed 2 years study in baccalaureate degree program or at least 1 year of study in a master’s or doctoral program
Note: enrollment must be in certain professional disciplines
|31-120 Days, paid||September to November|
|Epidemiology and Surveillance||Morehouse School of Medicine/ MPH Applied Practice Experience
The goal of the APE is for students to synthesize and integrate public health theory and skills acquired from coursework and other learning experiences and to demonstrate competency attainment through community engagement and fieldwork placements. Summer internship students interested in public health. The Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch (ESB) in DGHT/CGH is seeking opportunities to expose students to the Global HIV Programs. The students will also gain opportunities to become familiar with the CDC workplace and observe the principles of public health in practice on a daily basis.
|1st year MPH graduate students at Morehouse School of Medicine/MPH Program||360 hours paid(May – August)||Contact: Tonya Ross Walker
Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Division of Global Health and TB
Center of Global Health
|Environmental Health||*National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)
Current sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student at the time the application is submitted with majority of courses in environmental health focus areas. Students who apply must be from National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited environmental health academic programs.
|Current sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student at the time the application is submitted with majority of courses in environmental health focus areas. Must be with EHAC accredited environmental health academic program||10 Weeks, paid||December to February|
|General Interest||*ORISE CDC Research Opportunities
Education experience to create expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health.
|Undergraduates;graduate; post-master’s; doctoral; postdoctoral||Varies, paid||Varies|
|Emergency Response||Public Health Emergency Management Fellowship (PHEM)
Fellows gain an understanding of the structure of a public health emergency management program and an understanding of how to manage and operate a public health Emergency Operations Center during steady state and in a response.
|Master’s (MPH), doctoral (MD or PhD), or equivalent in public health or a related field (only international students selected by their Ministry of Health may apply)||4 Months||Contact: Karen Ossorio
Country Support Team Lead
Global Emergency Management Capacity Development Branch (proposed) Division of Emergency Operations
|General Interest||Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP)
Those selected for the program will become Commissioned officers in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and receive full pay and benefits of an active duty officer. In return for financial assistance, SRCOSTEP participants agree to work for the USPHS sponsoring agency as a Commissioned Corps officer immediately after graduation. The service obligation is equal to twice the time sponsored.
|Full-time students about to begin their final year of academic study or professional training||Up to 1 year, paid||September to November|
|General Interest||Student Worksite Experience Program (SWEP)
A volunteer program offering opportunities to gain practical experience by engaging in projects and tasks that contribute to professional development. Student volunteers are an important part of recruiting and developing skilled workers, and preparing the workforce of the future.Click here for full details[429 KB, 3 Pages, 508]
|High school students;
|6 Months (180 days) maximum, unpaid||For additional information, contact the HR Customer Service Center: 770-488-1725|
|Environmental Health||Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH)
Interns gain environmental health experience and an understanding of environmental health work at the state, local, federal, and tribal levels.
|Rising juniors, seniors, and recent graduates with environmental health major in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council||9 Weeks summer, paid||November to February|
*Denotes fellowships is offered in partnership with CDC