CDC Internships

CDC Fellowships, Internships and Learning Opportunities

Undergraduate Students Interested in Public Health?

We have a variety of hands-on, short-term internship programs for undergraduate students still in school. All offer a unique experience in one of many public health fields.

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  • Statistics- ASA/NCHS Research Fellowship Program[PDF– 2 pages]
    Fellows work to solve methodological problems and study analytic issues relevant to NCHS programs, data and facilities.

    • Open To: Undergraduate or master’s degree
    • Length/Salary: 12-24 Months, paid
    • Application Period: November
  • Laboratory- Biochemical Markers
    Involves developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.

    • Open To: Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in applied sciences
    • Length/Salary: 10 Weeks, paid stipend
    • Application Period: October to January
  • Ethics- CDC-Tuskegee University Public Health Ethics Student Internship
    Summer internship. 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.

    • Open To: Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Tuskegee University
    • Length/Salary: N/A
    • Application Period: Contact: Jo A. Valentine, MSW Associate Director, Office of Health Equity Division of STD Prevention, NCHHSTP, CDC  404.639-8366
  • Environmental Health- Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH)
    Interns participate in a comprehensive program including environmental health project assignments, interaction with federal officials and scientists, and visits to important environmental health sites in and around Atlanta.

    • Open To: Rising juniors or rising seniors (full-time enrollment at a college or university)
    • Length/Salary: 10 Weeks summer, paid
    • Application Period: October to January
  • Health Education/Communication- *DHPE Internship Program for Public Health Practice
    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.

    • Open To: Undergraduates students from minority-serving institutions
    • Length/Salary: 12 Weeks, paid
    • Application Period: Various months. For more information, contact Dr. Steve Owens at
  • General Interest- Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)
    Work study experience exposing students to a diverse array of careers in the federal sector.

    • Open To: Undergraduates
    • Length/Salary: Varies, paid stipend
    • Application Period: Students should contact the Federal Work-Study Coordinator in their financial aid office for available CDC/ATSDR work study opportunities
  • 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.

    • Open To: 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
    • Length/Salary: 31-120 Days, paid
    • Application Period: September to November
  • General Interest- Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)
    Students participate in real-world field experience and seminars and workshops designed to aid in exposure to public health careers.

    • Open To: Undergraduates in junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree graduates
    • Length/Salary: 10 Weeks residential summer program, paid stipend
    • Application Period: November to January
  • General Interest- *HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)
    Provides direct experience matched to majors and career goals in a diverse array of careers in the federal sector.

    • Open To: Enrollment in a degree-seeking program (BA/BS, master’s, JD, MD, or Ph.D.)
    • Length/Salary: 10-15 Weeks paid
    • Application Period: September to October; January to June
  • Public Health Science- *Morehouse College Project IHMOTEP Program
    Designed to increase the knowledge and skills in biostatistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health.

    • Open To: Undergraduates in their junior and senior year
    • Length/Salary: 11 Weeks summer, paid
    • Application Period: January
  • Environmental Health- *National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)
    Internship program for environmental health students to gain a firsthand perspective on day-to-day responsibilities of environmental health professionals and make invaluable connections with those working in the field.

    • Open To: 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
    • Length/Salary: 8-10 Weeks
    • Application Period: December
  • General Interest- *Public Health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS)
    Includes public health research and community health activities, mentorship, and professional development, especially in the area of promotion of health equity and the elimination of health disparities research.

    • Open To: Undergraduate sophomore and junior students minoring or majoring in public health
    • Length/Salary: 10 Weeks, paid stipend
    • Application Period: December to January
  • 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.

    • Open To: Full-time students about to begin their final year of academic study or professional training
    • Length/Salary: Up to 12 months, paid
    • Application Period: 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.

    • Open To: High school students; college students; graduate students
    • Length/Salary: 6 Months (180 days) maximum, unpaid
    • Application Period: For additional information, contact the HR Customer Service Center: 770-488-1725
  • Public Health Science- *The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)
    A rigorous program which includes Public Health course work at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members.

    • Open To: Junior, senior, and recent baccalaureate students
    • Length/Salary: 10 Weeks summer, paid
    • Application Period: November to February