Doctoral Students

Interested in Public Health?

We have a variety of hands-on, short-term internship programs for doctoral students. All offer a unique experience in one of many public health fields.
Topic Description Open To Length/Salary Application Period
Office of the General Counsel CDC/ATSDR Branch of OGC Internship and Externship Opportunities 2023 (Potentially Virtual)
Interns and externs/volunteers work with program attorneys on projects of mutual interest and are given opportunities to learn about varied areas of law. Paid internship is subject to the availability of funds. One paid internship position and up to two externship positions (for academic credit) are available. Volunteer positions may be considered.
Rising 2nd and 3rd year law students; Only rising 3rd year students eligible for paid internship position. 10-12 weeks For additional information contact Brenda Lester or Kenya Ford at 404-639-7200.
Pharmacy CDC Pharmacy Student Experiential Program
Students learn about the roles pharmacists have within CDC, multidisciplinary processes for addressing a wide variety of public health issues, such as disease prevention and control, and ways to improve health.
Pharmacy students (Pharmacy-PY4) 4-6 Weeks, unpaid For additional information, please send an email to:
Environmental Health CDC Summer Graduate Environmental Health (GEH) Internship
Projects where students utilize skills acquired through graduate studies and personal experiences, and activities that expose them to many facets of environmental health.
Master’s degree students (currently enrolled, fulltime) interests or studies applicable to environmental health 9 Weeks, paid We are taking a pause for the 2019 GEH summer training program and not soliciting applications at this time.
General Interest *Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program (HNIP)
Provides direct experience matched to majors and career goals in a diverse array of careers in the federal sector.
Enrollment in a degree-seeking program (BA/BS, Masters, JD, MD, or PhD) and recent graduates 10-15 Weeks, paid Spring: September to November; Summer: September to March; Fall: January to June
Infectious Diseases James A Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Opportunities for students interested in participating in infectious diseases and health disparities research. Ferguson Fellows are encouraged to submit their research to national meetings and for publication.
Graduate students in medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, and public health master’s-level graduate programs (target students of underrepresented populations) 9 Weeks summer, paid November to January
General Interest *Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP)
An opportunity for students to work in the same federal programs as active duty Commissioned Corps officers while completing a health-related education.
Undergraduates who have completed 2 years study in baccalaureate degree program or at least 1 year of study in a master’s or doctoral program
Note: Enrollment must be in certain professional disciplines
31-120 Days, paid September to November
Laboratory Laboratory Sciences [PDF – 1 Page]
Involves developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.
Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in applied sciences 10 Weeks, paid November to January
General Interest *ORISE CDC Research Opportunities
Education experience to create expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health.
Undergraduates;graduate; post-master’s; doctoral; postdoctoral Varies, paid Varies
Emergency Response Public Health Emergency Management Fellowship (PHEM)
Fellows gain an understanding of the structure of a public health emergency management program and an understanding of how to manage and operate a public health Emergency Operations Center during steady state and in a response.
Master’s (MPH), doctoral (MD or PhD), or equivalent in public health or a related field
(only international students selected by their Ministry of Health may apply)
4 Months Contact: Karen Ossorio
Country Support Team Lead
Global Emergency Management Capacity Development Branch (proposed) Division of Emergency Operations
Public Health Law Public Health Law Internships and Externships
Students are assigned to CDC’s Public Health Law Program to explore the critical role of public health lawyers and analysts who work to advance the use of laws as a public health tool.
Rising and current third-year law students 9-14 Weeks, unpaid Summer: January 31
Fall: April 30
Spring: October 1
Leadership Satcher Health Leadership Institute Health Policy Fellowship Program
Physicians and postdoctoral professionals gain the specific knowledge, skills, and experiences to prepare them for leadership roles promoting and implementing policies and practices to reduce disparities and advance health equity.
Prior to the start of the fellowship program, applicants must have received either a doctoral degree (such as PhD, JD, EdD, DPH, DSc, ScD and others) or any medical degree with completed residency training. 10 months, paid November to January
General Interest Student Worksite Experience Program (SWEP)
A volunteer program offering opportunities to gain practical experience by engaging in projects and tasks that contribute to professional development. Student volunteers are an important part of recruiting and developing skilled workers, and preparing the workforce of the future.
High school students;
college students;
graduate students
6 Months (180 days) maximum, unpaid For additional information, contact the HR Customer Service Center: 770-488-1725
Public Health Law Tribal Public Health Law Internships and Externships
Students explore the critical role of public health lawyers and analysts who work to advance the use of laws as a public health tool.
Current and rising third-year law students 9-14 Weeks, unpaid Summer: January 31
Fall: April 30
Spring: October 1

*Denotes fellowship is offered in partnership with CDC

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