Current NCHS Job Openings
General NCHS Employment Information
To view a list of current vacancy announcements, go to the CDC Employment Opportunities page and search jobs by category, group, or location. NCHS opportunities will be filed under "Maryland Jobs" in the "Jobs by Location" column.
- Nutritional Epidemiologist
Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys
Postdoctoral Research Program
The Postdoctoral Research Program provides opportunities for postdoctoral candidates of unusual promise and ability to conduct research in areas of their choosing that are compatible with the interests of NCHS. General areas of interest for research at NCHS include statistical theory, survey methodology, statistical computing, economics, demography, and social and behavioral science. This appointment is open to U.S. citizens or noncitizens with permanent residency and a valid work authorization.
- The 2014 Postdoctoral Research Program is now closed. Please check back in December for the 2015 Postdoctoral Research Program announcement.
The Fellowship Program enables CDC to encourage and promote scientific research, studies, training, and investigations related to public health as it relates to the mission of CDC. Eligible areas of health include basic and applied research in medical, physical, biological, mathematical, social, biometric, epidemiological, behavioral, and computer sciences, and other fields where the scientific research is directly related to the mission of CDC. Individuals eligible for Senior and Associate Service Fellowship programs may be U.S. citizens or noncitizens with permanent residency that are not civil service employees or commissioned corps officers.
- Service Fellowship in the Planning Branch
Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys
- Service Fellowship in Environmental Health
Office of Analysis and Epidemiology
Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates
The Pathways Program is for students or recent college graduates that are looking for rewarding work experience to supplement their education. The Pathways Program is made up of three main components: the Internship Program that offers internship and summer employment opportunities to students; the Recent Graduates Program where recent college graduates can obtain enriching developmental work experience in public health and related support occupations; and the Presidential Management Fellows Program that offers leadership development opportunities to students who are completing their master’s, law, or doctoral-level degree within the academic year. See the sections below for more details.
The Internship Program is designed to provide current high school or college students with paid opportunities to gain work experience in agencies and explore federal careers. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for a permanent job in the civil service. Browse available internship opportunities.
Student Summer Employment
The Student Summer Employment program provides internship training and work experience for students during summer months. The work ranges from office support and trades to professional-level positions.
To participate in the Student Summer Employment program students must:
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a diploma, certificate, or degree-seeking student. Verification showing enrollment status is required from the school.
- Meet the minimum age required by federal, state, or local laws and standards governing the employment of minors.
- Be carrying or scheduled to take a course load at least half-time at an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate, or professional school.
Pay and Benefits
Students in the Pathways receive a competitive salary, but are not eligible for federal benefits.
How to Apply
Student summer employment opportunities are announced January through March of each year. Visit the Pathways website beginning in January for more information on applying for summer employment with CDC. Detailed instructions on how to apply for student summer employment opportunities are provided during the announcement period.
- Resume or application (OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment)
- Academic transcript
- School verification form
Recent Graduates Program
The new Pathways Recent Graduates Program offers developmental experiences in the federal government in order to promote possible careers in civil service. To be eligible, applicants must apply within 2 years of degree or certificate completion from a qualifying educational institution or program. Veterans have up to 6 years after degree or certificate completion to apply. Browse available opportunities.
Presidential Management Fellows Program
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a 2-year, paid program designed to develop future leaders committed to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. The program is highly competitive, and candidates must be nominated by their graduate program’s dean, director, or chair. Candidates must have completed their master’s, law, or doctoral-level degree during this academic year. Upon successful completion of the program, fellows may be eligible for permanent placement within a federal agency. Learn more about the PMF Program and browse available PMF opportunities.
Student Worksite Experience Program—Volunteer Service
The Student Worksite Experience Program (SWEP) offers unpaid, educationally related opportunities to students in high school and college. The Program allows students to explore career options and gain valuable and rewarding work experience while pursuing their educational goals. Many educational institutions grant academic credit for the work performed. Contact your educational institution for more information on crediting volunteer experience.
To participate in the Worksite Experience Program, students must:
- Receive written permission from their school
- Provide proof of enrollment at an accredited educational institution (e.g., transcript or current student identification card)
- Be at least 16 years old
- Be enrolled at least half-time in one of the following:
- High school or trade school
- Technical or vocational school
- Junior or community college
- Four-year college or university
- Any other accredited educational institution including home school (home school must be accredited or home-school curriculum must be state-approved)
- Provide proof of health insurance
- Pass a background investigation conducted by CDC
- Meet VISA requirements for noncitizens
Visit the SWEP website for more information on program requirements and forms.