Host Site Opportunities

Key points

  • Learn how your organization can host a student, intern, or fellow.
  • Opportunities are organized by short-term and long-term duration.
  • CDC fellows and interns offer valuable public health service and workforce capacity to state, local, tribal, and territorial public health organizations.
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Host a Student or Intern (Short-Term)

Epidemiology Elective Program (EEP) Fellowship

A short-term experiential, service-learning rotation in applied epidemiology, public health, and global health. During a 6- or 8-week rotation, EEP fellows learn through trainings and by completing projects with CDC sites; state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments; and other federal sites. Host sites provide supervision, mentorship, and day-to-day experiences. Participants are medical and veterinary students. Applications open in February. Learn more.

Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases (RISE) Fellowship

A 6-Month, 12-Month, and summer public health research fellowship. Participants include graduate students who are interested in research in infectious diseases and/or health disparities. Learn more.


Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement-Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP) is up to a 10 ½-week summer program. It provides opportunities to address health disparities and promote health equity. Participants include undergraduate juniors, seniors, and scholars within 12 months of receiving their baccalaureate degree. Learn More.

National Environmental Public Health Internship Program

A 400-hour internship that links environmental health students with placements at qualified state, tribal, local, and territorial environmental public health agencies. Participants include current sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate students. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis if positions are open and available. The internship is available for summer, spring, and fall. Learn more.

Host a Fellow (Long-Term)

Applied Epidemiology Fellowship

A partnership program between the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and CDC. Fellows receive 2-years of on-the-job training at a state or local health department. Participants are recent master's or doctoral graduates in epidemiology or a related field who are interested in public health practice. Applications open in October. Learn more.

Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)

A 2-year applied epidemiology training program. EIS officers are CDC's disease detectives. They learn from and work alongside subject matter experts while providing service to domestic and international partners. Host sites provide projects and experiences that result in well-rounded training and completion of EIS Core Activities of Learning. Participants are clinical and doctoral-level science professionals. Applications open in December. Learn more.

Molecular Epidemiology Fellowship

Trains laboratory scientists and bioinformaticians to become efficient, competent, and well-rounded molecular epidemiologists. This 2-year program provides experiential training in outbreak investigation and surveillance activities. Participants are laboratory scientists with experience in genomic data and bioinformaticians with laboratory experience, with at least an MS degree. Applications open in December. Learn more.

Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)

A 2-year program that places early-career public health professionals in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Associates are funded by CDC and are well-rounded, energetic, flexible, career-minded individuals bringing valuable skills to host agencies. Participants are recent graduates (within 2 years of graduation) with a minimum of a four-year degree. Application period opens January/February. Learn more.

Public Health Laboratory Fellowship Program

A partnership program between the Association of Public Health Laboratories and CDC. The program offers paid fellowships (for 1-2 years) to prepare college students for careers at public health laboratories. Opportunities support program areas such as: bioinformatics, biosafety and biosecurity, emergency preparedness and response, and more. All U.S. public health laboratories may apply to host. Participants have a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more.