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CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. Whether you are looking for a summer internship or a fellowship, the following programs provide valuable exposure to a wide range of public health opportunities. Learn more

OMHHE Sponsored Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

OMHHE sponsors the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) program, consisting of six internship opportunities taking place at four partner institutions that offer a public health workplace experience to increase student interest in minority health. The program begins with an orientation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to introduce students to public health professionals working at the federal level. Students are then placed in one of several public health settings such as a Health Department to learn and make an important contribution during their summer session. All students learn to make oral presentations on their experiences, and receive project and career mentorship. The following is a description of the opportunities at each institution:

Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)
at Columbia University Medical Center
The Summer Public Health Scholars Program is a 10-week summer training program for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students. At the conclusion of the program, interns deliver an oral presentation and submit a final paper on a public health challenge or intervention.

Maternal Child Health Careers / Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement-Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)
at Kennedy Krieger Institute
The MCHC/RISE-UP Program is a 10-week summer public health leadership program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students (within 12 months). MCHC/RISE-UP is a national consortium of institutions including the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI), Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, University of Southern California, California State University-LA, and University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities. Three tracks are offered: (1) clinical (KKI only), (2) research, and (3) community engagement and advocacy.

Dr. James A. Ferguson, Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program (Ferguson Fellows)
at Kennedy Krieger Institute
The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship is a 9-week summer program for students currently enrolled full-time in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program who are interested in participating in infectious diseases and health disparities research. Ferguson Fellows are encouraged and supported to submit their research to national meetings and for publication.

Public Health Leadership & Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS) Program
at Kennedy Krieger Institute
The PLLUSS Program is an 8-week summer public health leadership and research program that continues student support for 150 hours during the academic year. The PLUSS Program is for undergraduate sophomore and junior students minoring or majoring in public health. Students must complete sufficient course credit hours during the program for a minor in public health. PLLUSS Program students will participate in public health research, education on health disparities and urban health issues, professional development, and community health promotion activities. Students will receive mentorship with the goal of successful acceptance and completion of graduate or professional school in the public health area.

Project: IMHOTEP
at Morehouse College
Project: IMHOTEP is an 11-week summer program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students. Throughout the program, interns participate in a wide variety of seminars, workshops, and other educational opportunities and must complete a required number of community service hours. The interns receive training and support in data analysis and other project requirements. At the conclusion of the program, each intern delivers an oral presentation, poster, and submits a written manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific journal.

Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)
at University of Michigan School of Public Health
The Future Public Health Leaders Program is a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students. The participants explore public health through seminars, workshops, and engagement in a community-based research project.Other CDC-Sponsored Student Opportunities

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CDC offers many opportunities to gain meaningful experience in a public health setting.

Other CDC-Sponsored Student Opportunities

Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH)
The National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) in Atlanta, Georgia invites rising collegiate juniors and seniors to apply for this paid 10-week summer internship. Undergraduate students that are passionate about the environment, about health, and about the link between the two will be paired with mentors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to gain experience in the fascinating field of Environmental Public Health. Students will receive a stipend of ~$620 per week to cover living expenses and other basic needs. More

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) / CDC Program in Infectious Disease and Public Health Microbiology
The goal of the program is to support the development of new approaches, methodologies and knowledge in infectious disease prevention and control in areas within the public health mission of the CDC. More

Director of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) Internship Program
DHPE’s 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. More

CDC/the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) are accepting applications for the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Program, which trains recent graduates in the field of applied epidemiology. During a two-year assignment, participating fellows develop applied epidemiologic skills during a high quality, mentored training experience in order to prepare them for a long-term career at the state or local level. While the program provides rigorous training for its participants, it is also designed with flexibility in order to meet the particular interests of the fellows. The fellowship program is designed for recent master's or doctoral level graduates in epidemiology or a related field who are interested in the practice of public health at the state or local level. More

Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship (APHIF)
The Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship (APHIF) trains recent graduates in the expanding field of applied public health informatics. Participating Fellows will receive one year of on-the-job training at a state or local health agency under the guidance of experienced mentors. The goal of the Fellowship is to provide a high quality training experience and to secure long-term career placement for Fellows at the state or local level. APHIF is supported by the Association of the State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), otherwise known as the SHINE (Strengthening Health Systems through Inter-professional Education) partners. More

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) / CDC Student Ambassador Program
The TMCF Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Internship Program is designed to not only increase interest in public health as a career, but also to increase interest in the CDC among students who do not have a science background and thus, may not have ever considered the CDC as a great place to work. An extremely large agency, the CDC, like any major corporation, requires the talents and skills of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. More

Other Student Opportunities

White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Internships
Opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to gain experience in research, writing, coordination and outreach. Part-time and full-time internships during spring and fall semesters and full-time internships during the summer. More

Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP)
Allows students to gain valuable professional experience with the Public Health Service (PHS) early in their education. They serve in assignments throughout the country during their official school breaks for periods from 31 to 120 days. More

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training & Education Programs
NIH has internships, awards, and other programs for students from high school through graduate school in a variety of health fields. More

Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
Administered by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the MARC Program increases the number of minority students in biomedical research by providing special research and training opportunities. More

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Internship Program
A 10-week summer program that provides qualified AISES students with internship opportunities to explore potential federal service careers with select agencies. More

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program (HNIP)
As the largest Hispanic internship program in the nation, HACU/HNIP has placed over 7,600 college students in rewarding and challenging internships matching their majors and career goals. It provides a vital opportunity to address the historic under-representation of Hispanics/Latinos in the Federal government and many career fields. More

Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) Training Programs
HSHPS offers several paid training programs conducted across the United States and Latin America in government agencies and academic institutions. Most of the HSHPS trainees will work alongside other students sponsored by other nonprofit organizations in a government setting or students from the host institution. More

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF)
The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/PhD) in microbiology. More

CDC and ATSDR Education & Training

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  • Page last updated: December 14, 2015
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