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2014 Student Opportunities in Public Health

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 year-long fellowship, the following programs provide valuable exposure to a wide range of public health opportunities. Learn More & Apply Today!

2014 OMHHE Sponsored Internship & Fellowship Opportunities

Photo: Student smiling with other students studying in backgroundOMHHE sponsors the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) program, consisting of five internship opportunities taking place at four partner institutions, creating a public health workplace experience to increase student interest in minority health.

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 to increase interest in and knowledge of public health, and biomedical science careers. The participants receive leadership training, orientation to the public health disciplines, and real world work experience. At the conclusion of theprogram, 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
Photo: Male student holding booksThe 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 who are interested in learning more about preventing health disparities. MCHC/RISE-UP is a national consortium of institutions including the Kennedy Krieger Institute, 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, (2) research, and (3) community engagement and advocacy at each location.

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 five hours per week during the academic year. The PLUSS Program is for undergraduate sophomore and rising junior students minoring or majoring in public health with at least a 3.0 GPA. Student must complete sufficient course credit hours during the program for a minor in public health. PLLUSS Program students will participate in a public health research experience, 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
Photo: Female student holding booksProject: IMHOTEP is an 11-week summer program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students interested in public health and health disparities. The program is designed to increase knowledge and skills of students in the public health sciences, and build and diversify the public health workforce. Throughout the program, interns participate in a wide variety of seminars, workshops, and other educational initiatives 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, interns deliver an oral presentation, poster, and submit a written manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific journal.

Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) 
at University of Michigan
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 to encourage interest in and knowledge of public health and health equity. The program is designed to increase the diversity of the public health workforce, foster knowledge of, excitement about, and commitment to the elimination of health inequalities. The participants receive leadership training, orientation to the public health disciplines, real world work experience, and a trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to meet public health professionals. At the conclusion of the program, interns deliver an oral presentation and develop an abstract.

Other CDC Sponsored Student Opportunities

Photo: Female student using laptopCollegiate 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

Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS)
A 3-year program for Public Health Prevention Specialists. The first year is spent at CDC in one to two Centers/Institutes/Offices (CIO) assignments. In the second and third year Prevention Specialists are assigned to a single two-year field assignment at a public health agency. A competitive application process matches eligible public health agencies with Prevention Specialists based upon program needs and Specialists' interest and geographic preferences. 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 seeks to strengthen the academic and professional development of minority students by creating partnerships between minority-serving institutions and the public health community to create a highly qualified, diverse workforce; recruit and retain minorities in public health education; and provide public health leadership, services and better health outcomes for all communities. It is supported by CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) and Division of Adult and Community Health (DACH). More

CDC/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 masters 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.

CDC/CSTE Public Health Informatics Fellowship
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), are accepting applications for the Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program. This new program will provide high quality training assignments for recent graduates in the expanding field of applied public health informatics, while aiming to secure long-term career placement for the fellows at the state or local level. More.

Other Student Opportunities

Photo: Male student with backpackWhite House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Internships 
Opportunities for graduate and undergaduate 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 Programs in the Biomedical Sciences
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

Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program
Provides biomedical research opportunities for faculty at predominantly undergraduate and minority institutions in order to develop biomedical scientists who are also racial and ethnic minorities and who will contribute to the evolving base of knowledge in the health sciences. 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

Photo: Students working together on homeworkKaiser Foundation, Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
Brings talented African American, Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., during which time the Scholars are placed in Congressional offices in order to learn first-hand how health policy is developed and implemented. More

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF)
Designed to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who wish to, and have demonstrated the ability to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D.) in microbiology. More

Cross Cultural Health Care Program of Seattle (CCHCP) Training Programs
Provides trainings in linguistic and cultural competency in numerous health and social service settings around the country. Training targets three crucial arenas of a health care system: the staff who provide care, the administrators who coordinate the delivery of care, and the policy-makers who regulate the form and manner of its delivery. More

CDC and ATSDR Education & Training

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