We anticipate the 2017 application process will open soon. Please read the required application materials carefully.
We strongly encourage members of underrepresented populations to apply! For tips on how to write a strong application, check out our Application Tips.
Please read the required application materials and submission instructions carefully.
Submit all application materials via email to EHInternship@cdc.gov. Include your email address in the subject line of all application materials you submit, including your letters of recommendation.
Applications will only be accepted electronically. If you are not able to submit your application electronically, please contact EHInternship@cdc.gov for additional assistance.
- Application: Applications will open later this fall.
- Current resume or CV: No longer than four pages.
- Unofficial transcript or grade report: An official transcript is required on acceptance into the program.
- Two letters of recommendation: At least one from a faculty member. Please remind your recommenders to also include your email address in the subject line when submitting their recommendation on your behalf. LOR Form [Word - 27 KB].
- Two Essays
- Essay 1: Describe one important environmental public health issue that interests you, and discuss how your coursework or experiences reflects this interest. (Typed; 1,000-word suggested length. Please put your name at the top and in the file name.)
- Essay 2: Describe your future aspirations and career interests in the field of environmental public health. (Typed; 1,000-word suggested length. Please put your name at the top and in the file name.)
- All finalists will be interviewed by telephone.
Application Submission Instructions
- Submit the application form (containing all parts of the application) in one email to EHInternship@cdc.gov. Those writing your letters of recommendation can email their recommendation in a separate email, also to EHInternship@cdc.gov. All application materials must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
- IMPORTANT: When emailing your application materials, include ONLY your email address in the subject line (with no characters next to it other than a blank space). Instruct those writing your letters of recommendation to do the same. Without your email in the subject line, we cannot process your application.
- If possible, fill out the application form using the text boxes provided and do not save this application in a different file format – in other words, save this application form in the Microsoft Word document (.docx) format. If you cannot see the textboxes or are unable to save as .docx, please indicate so in your email.
To improve our recruitment process, please fill out an optional demographic form [Word - 50 KB]. It is a voluntary form and will in no way affect your application. We use information from these forms to improve recruitment for our program.
- Application opens: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
- Application deadline: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
- Notification to intern of acceptance: Friday, March 11, 2016
- Acceptance of internship offer by student and initiation of paperwork: Friday, March 18, 2016
- Internship dates: Monday, June 13, 2016 – Wednesday, August 17, 2016
- Give yourself ample time to work on your personal statements. Make them engaging and show us your motivation for a career in environmental public health.
- Have a professor, mentor, friend, supervisor, parent, and/or roommate look over your application – especially the essay questions.
- Make sure someone outside your field of study can understand your essays and resume/CV.
- Go to your school’s career center, English department, or writing center, if available, for help with your essays and resume/CV.
- Write compelling personal statement essays that are unique to you and add to what we learned from your resume/CV.
- Give your recommendation writers ample time to submit their letter [at least 4 weeks’ notice before the deadline is a good guideline].
- Before asking someone to write a letter of recommendation, ask if they feel comfortable writing a strong letter of recommendation on your behalf.
- Be honest in all parts of your application.
- Contact us with pertinent questions after you look over the website to see if that information is already available online.
- Have any typos in your application.
- Turn in your application late.
- Ask your recommenders to write a letter of recommendation on short notice.
- Ask for a letter from someone who does not know you well; he or she will likely have a hard time writing a personalized letter of recommendation on your behalf.
- Take up space in your essays restating information we read in your Resume/CV.
- Lie about your GPA.
- Email us with questions that are already answered on the website [unless you need further clarification].
- Page last reviewed: October 22, 2015
- Page last updated: October 17, 2016
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