Medical Students and Residents (MD/DO, DVM/VMD, DDS/DMD, etc.)

Interested in Public Health?

We have a variety of hands-on, short-term internship programs for medical students and residents. All offer a unique experience in one of many public health fields.

Topic Description Open To Length/Salary Application Period
Pharmacy *CDC Pharmacy Student Experiential Program
Fellows are assigned to programs across CDC, specifically, Drug Services, Regulatory Affairs, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Division of Bacterial Diseases-Respiratory Diseases, Division of Emergency Operations to address a wide variety of public health issues.
Pharmacy students (Pharmacy-PY4) 4-6 Weeks, unpaid For additional information, please send an email to:
Epidemiology, Global health Epidemiology Elective Program
Hands on experience working with CDC experts with an introduction to applied epidemiology, public health, and global health.
Medical and veterinary students 6 or 8 Weeks, unpaid February to March
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.
Students in doctoral programs in pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, medicine, and Master of Public Health (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
Occupational Health Occupational Medicine Rotation
Through on-site investigations, medical evaluations, exposure assessments, students get the opportunity to evaluate workplace health hazards, talk with employees and employers, and gain new knowledge first hand.
Medical residents of any specialty 4 Weeks, unpaid July 1 – September 1 of current year for rotations in January-September of the following year
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
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 *Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP)
Those selected for the program will become Commissioned officers in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and receive full pay and benefits of an active duty officer. In return for financial assistance, SRCOSTEP participants agree to work for the USPHS sponsoring agency as a Commissioned Corps officer immediately after graduation. The service obligation is equal to twice the time sponsored.
Full-time students about to begin their final year of academic study or professional training Up to 1 Year, paid September to November

*Denotes fellowship offered in partnership with CDC