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SUPEH FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

How can I submit my application?

Submit applications by email to EHInternship@cdc.gov. **IMPORTANT**: Include your email address in the subject line of all application materials submitted, including your letters of recommendation. Please remind your recommenders to also include your email address in the subject line when submitting their recommendation on your behalf.

I am a graduating senior. Can I still apply?

You may apply if…

  • you are returning to school to complete degree requirements at the end of your internship OR
  • the internship will serve as needed academic credit to complete degree requirements OR
  • you have been accepted into graduate school.

Do I have to be an environmental health major?

Yes. You must be an undergraduate environmental health major in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) to be eligible for the SUPEH internship.

SUPEH staff and interns visiting a beef-processing plant

SUPEH staff and interns visiting a beef-processing plant.

What is the difference between the SUPEH and CLEH internships?

SUPEH interns and the Collegiate Leaders for Environmental Health (CLEH) interns attend many summer activities together and have lived together in Emory housing in the past. However, the SUPEH program is only offered to students in institutions accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC), an, the SUPEH internship offers different project work and experiences for students.

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. 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. It may be difficult, but 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 SUPEH program. However, you cannot miss the internship orientation, which takes place during the first 3 days of the program.

What type of information are you looking for in the essay questions?

We would like to see that you have a personal connection to environmental public health through work, academic, travel, personal, and/or volunteer experiences. Essay 2 is your chance to shine and tell us about yourself. Tell us why you are interesting, where you hope to see yourself going, why you are passionate about this field, 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, significant work experiences, languages, certifications, past internships, and anything else you have experienced and/or hope to achieve that is relevant.

What type of information are you looking for in the resume/CV?

We would like to see relevant work experience, skills (for example, languages, computer programming experience, SAS/SPSS, GIS), other internships, awards, and your roles in extracurricular activities at your school or in your workplace. If you hold leadership roles at work or in clubs at your school, it will be viewed as relevant experience. In addition, if you completed presentations, projects, or papers in classes that are relevant to this internship, you may want to list those under relevant coursework or in a publication section of your resume. We would also like to see a personal section where you tell us two or three things about yourself.

What do you look for in an applicant?

Every year we strive to select students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who have a clear passion and dedication to environmental public health. Please let us know in your application materials why you are qualified, but also how you are unique and what you can bring to our program through your personal, professional, volunteer, work, or academic experiences.

When will I find out if I was accepted for this internship?

We will notify those who have been accepted for the internship by Friday, February 27th, 2015.

Can I receive school credit for this internship?

Yes, depending on the guidelines your school has established for receiving academic credit. Inquiries about academic credit are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, this internship may satisfy your accredited environmental health program’s internship requirement. Check with your academic advisor or other appropriate office.

Does the internship include housing or travel reimbursement?

No. Interns are given a monthly stipend intended to offset the cost of living during the 10 weeks of the internship. This stipend is delivered on a monthly basis at the end of each month. Interns will not receive their first paychecks until the last day of June.

All interns are responsible for the cost of travel to and from Atlanta and for housing and transportation during the internship. Information about student housing options can be found on the CLEH Housing and Transportation page.

What is the weekly schedule?

The first week is filled with orientation exercises, processing into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) system, setting up your office, meeting coworkers, and learning about projects. Weeks 2–8 are filled with ongoing projects and weekly activities. Week 9 is spent putting together a final presentation, and week 10 includes the final presentation and wrap-up activities.

Will I be able to have any personal days off during the internship period?

Yes. We recognize that interns may have important events to attend over the summer and may need time off for personal reasons. We allow 2 days of absence. If an intern misses more than 2 days, he or she must make up the hours missed before the internship ends.

Maha Syed, 2011 SUPEH intern, reviewing disease outbreak data

Maha Syed, 2011 SUPEH intern, reviewing disease outbreak data.

What type of attire is required while participating in this internship?

CDC interns must 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. Interns should not wear shorts, flip-flops, tank tops, or jeans. During some Friday activities, more-casual attire may be allowed.

What is my status as a student intern at CDC?

You are considered a guest researcher. You have rights and privileges similar to CDC contractors. With approval of your mentor, you are allowed to attend all open-enrollment seminars and lectures, as well as use CDC facilities such as the gym and cafeterias. After you receive your badge and your vehicle registration is complete—which should occur during the first week—you will have full access to designated CDC facilities.

On which CDC campus will the internship be based?

The internship will be based on CDC's Chamblee Campus (approximately 1 mile from the Chamblee MARTA station, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30341), where the National Center for Environmental Health is located.

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