- How can I submit my application?
- When will I know if my application has been received?
- When will I find out if I was accepted for this internship?
- On which CDC campus will the internship be based?
- What types of majors can apply to this internship? If I am not an environmental science major, can I still apply?
- Does the internship provide housing and travel arrangements?
- What type of project will I be participating in?
- I am a graduating senior. Can I still apply?
- Can I receive school credit for this internship?
- Will I be able to have any personal days off during the internship period?
- Do I need lab experience to be eligible for this internship?
- I am on the quarter system and will not be out of school for the beginning of the internship. Is there still a way that I can make the internship work?
- Is it okay to contact you with questions regarding the application process or my application?
- I have been accepted for the internship, but I don’t know what my project is. What if I don’t like it when I get there?
- What type of attire is required while participating in this internship?
- What types of information are you looking for in the essay questions?
- What type of information are you looking for in the résumé/CV?
How can I submit my application?
Applications should be submitted via email to CLEH@cdc.gov. **IMPORTANT**: Include your email address in the subject line of all application materials submitted, including your letters of recommendation; this is your ‘unique identifier.’ Please remind your recommenders to also include your email address in the subject line when submitting their recommendation on your behalf.
When will I know if my application has been received?
We will notify applicants that their application has been received in a timely manner. However, leading up to the application deadline we are extremely busy and it may take several days to confirm receipt. If you have not received confirmation that your application has been received one week after the deadline, please email us at CLEH@cdc.gov.
What types of majors can apply to this internship? If I am not an environmental science major, can I still apply?
We welcome environmental studies and environmental science majors as well as majors in physical, biological, chemical, and/or social sciences, and other majors. We have had pre-law, anthropology, journalism, history, and art majors in the past. The important thing is that the applicant demonstrates a strong interest in the environment, whether that is through academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, or other activities.
Does the internship provide housing and/or travel arrangements?
No, interns must arrange travel to and from Atlanta and housing on their own. However, information about summer housing in Atlanta can be found in the Housing and Transportation section of this website. Although travel from residences to the Chamblee Campus location is the intern’s responsibility, information is provided about public transportation and carpool options. In the past, many interns have chosen to live close together and have carpooled to and from campus together. The internship stipend is intended to offset housing and travel expenses.
What type of project will I be participating in?
Interns are placed in projects that are appropriate for their skill set. Visit the Intern Project Page for a list of some projects that previous interns have participated in.
I am a graduating senior. Can I still apply?
No. While we appreciate all of the interest that is generated for this internship, we are only accepting rising juniors and seniors who are currently enrolled in a college or university for the upcoming fall semester.
Can I receive school credit for this internship?
Yes, you can receive credit for this internship depending on the guidelines your institution has set forth for receiving academic credit. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Will I be able to have any personal days off during the internship period?
Yes. We realize that interns may have important events to attend over the summer and may also need to take off at some point for personal reasons. We will allow a two day absence during the duration of the internship. If missed days exceed two, the intern must make up the hours they missed before the internship ends or other arrangements will be considered.
Do I need lab experience to be eligible for this internship?
No, this internship does not require lab experience and is not a lab based experience. While there are many laboratories within CDC, NCEH/ATSDR has a wide range of programs that do not incorporate lab work into their activities. Our program does not place interns in laboratories.
I am on the quarter system and will not be out of school for the beginning of the internship. Is there still a way that I can make the internship work?
Yes. While it may be difficult, it is possible for students on the quarter system to participate in this internship. Previous interns have had to finish their school finals while in the CLEH program. However, you cannot miss the orientation for this internship which takes place during the first three days of the program.
Is it okay to contact you with questions regarding the application process or my application?
Yes, we encourage you to contact us via email with questions. Please contact LT James Gooch or Jay Nielsen at CLEH@cdc.gov to ask questions pertaining to the application process or to see if your own application is complete in our files. Due to the popularity and overwhelming response that is received for this internship, we will not be accepting questions or comments via phone.
I have been accepted for the internship, but I don’t know what my project is. What if I don’t like it when I get there?
We have done our best to assure that there are a few other available options for interns. If your project does not work out for you once you are here, we may be able to work out a new arrangement.
What type of attire is required while participating in this internship?
Because CDC is a professional environment, we require that our interns dress in business casual attire. Men should wear trousers and either polo shirts or button down shirts. Women should wear dresses, skirts or trousers, and business casual tops. All interns should refrain from wearing shorts, flip-flops, tank tops and jeans. During some Friday activities, more casual attire may be allowed.
What type of information are you looking for in the essay questions?
We would like to see that you have a personal connection to the environment through experiences, academic experiences, and travels. Having an understanding of environmental issues on a personal level is important. For the strong candidate question, this is your chance to shine and tell us about yourself. Tell us why you are interesting and why we should accept you into the program. Feel free to discuss extracurricular activities, applicable coursework, past travels and study abroad, awards and honors, special training or skills, languages, certifications, past internships, and previous applicable work experience.
What type of information are you looking for in the résumé/CV?
We would like to see relevant work experience, skills (i.e. languages, computer programming experience, SAS/SPSS, GIS), other internships, awards, and your roles in extracurricular activities at your school. If you hold leadership roles in clubs at your school, like environmental clubs, this will be viewed as relevant experience. In addition, if you have completed presentations, projects, or papers in that are relevant to this internship, you may want to list those under relevant coursework or in a publication section of your résumé. Lastly, we would like to see a personal section with two or three things listed about you.