2013 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!
OMHHE Sponsored Internship & Fellowship Opportunities
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 undergraduate in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students to increase interest 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 written abstract for presentation at a nationsl conference.
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 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. Through this program, partners from Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University, University of Southern California, California State University-LA, and University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities offer learning opportunities for these students, both at a local and national level. At the conclusion of the program, interns deliver an oral presentation and submit a written abstract for presentation at a national conference.
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 graduate students currently enrolled full-time in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program who are interested in learning more about the area of infectious diseases and health disparities. Fellows may also gain research and clinical experience, and develop leadership skills. At the conclusion of the program, fellows deliver an oral presentation at a national conference and submit a written manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific journal.
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 interested in public health and health disparities. The 11-week training 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 and submit a written manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific journal.
Due to the demands of the program, Morehouse College seeks highly qualified students. The selection process is very rigorous and extremely competitive. Candidates should have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in public health.
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 interested in public health. 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, and real world work experience. At the conclusion of the program, interns deliver an oral presentation and submit a written abstract for presentation at a national conference.
Other CDC Sponsored Student Opportunities
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 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.
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.
Other Student Opportunities
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
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
Kaiser 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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