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Application

We strongly encourage members of underrepresented populations to apply! For tips on how to write a strong application, check out our Application Tips.

Application Materials

Please read the required application materials carefully. All application materials are due by February 11, 2015.

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: Word [37 KB].
  • 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. Word [29 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.

To improve our recruitment process, please fill out an optional demographic form [DOC - 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.

2015 Timeline

  • Application opens: Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
  • Notification of selection status: Friday, February 27, 2015.
  • Acceptance and initiation of paperwork: Friday, March 6, 2015.
  • Internship: Wednesday, June 10, to Friday, August 14, 2015.

Application Tips

Do…

  • 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.

Don’t…

  • 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].

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