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Highlights in Minority Health
September, 2005
Students Experience Summer at CDC.




“I think that this trip alone will do more things for my future career goals than all of my other life experiences put together . . . “

~ 2002 OMH summer intern

Every summer, CDC’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) hosts student interns who work with CDC mentors on important public health projects.  OMH supports training opportunities for qualified students at all levels of their education in order to increase the capacity of the organizations in which these students will work in the future.
Through organizations such as Morehouse School of Medicine, Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS), and Minority Health Professions Foundation (MHPF), students gain entrance to public health’s inner workings at CDC and take an important step in their career paths.  Programs are designed to encourage under-represented minorities to consider pursuing careers in the public health sciences and the Federal government.
This summer, OMH sponsored more than 100 student interns.  They came from more than 30 institutions, including 15 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), in more than 17 states and two countries.  This year’s interns are studying a variety of fields, including medicine, public health, pharmacology, and veterinary medicine, and are working with mentors from all over CDC.  Most students work on a single project for the entire summer, and present their findings to their mentors, fellow interns, and others at the end of the program.
OMH summer programs help students understand more about public health and what CDC has to offer their community or tribe in addressing public health issues.  Summer programs also give students the opportunity to build relationships with public health professionals that they can contact throughout their careers, making public health an attractive and accessible option.  Students have stated that their internship made a lasting impression on them to work even harder upon returning to their studies as there definitely was a place for them in the public health arena upon graduation.
We encourage all such students to consider applying to programs for which they are eligible.  For more information about OMH-affiliated training programs, please see OMH Training Opportunities.



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