FAQ and Application Tips
- How can I submit my application?
- Do I need lab experience to be eligible for this internship?
- What type of information are you looking for in the essay questions?
- What type of information are you looking for in the résumé/CV?
- When will I find out if I was accepted for this internship?
- Is it okay to contact you with questions regarding the application process or my application?
- Can I receive school credit for this internship?
- Will I be able to have any personal days off during the internship period?
- 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?
- On which CDC campus will the internship be based?
- What will my status at CDC be as a student intern?
- Does the internship provide housing and/or travel arrangements?
How can I submit my application?
Applications should be submitted via email to GEH@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.
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.
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 work experiences, extracurricular activities, academic experiences and/or 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, languages, past internships, past travels and studies abroad, awards and honors, special trainings, certifications and/or skills and previous applicable work experiences.
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 or workplace. If you hold leadership roles at work or 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 classes 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.
Is it okay to contact you with questions regarding the application process or my application?
Please only contact us with questions after you have thoroughly read through the overview and FAQ sections of the website. In addition, 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 GEH@cdc.gov.
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 two days of 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.
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, should they not be happy with their project. 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 blouses. All interns should refrain from wearing shorts, flip-flops, tank tops and jeans. During some Friday activities, more casual attire may be allowed.
What will my status at CDC be as a student intern?
As a student intern, you will be considered a “guest researcher” at CDC. This means that you will be allowed to attend all open-enrollment seminars and lectures, as well as use CDC facilities such as the gym. Once you receive your badge (should occur during the first week) and car stickers, you will have access to CDC buildings and will have computer access in your office.
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.