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Undergraduate Students

Interested in Public Health?

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

Topic Description Open To Length/Salary Application Period
Laboratory Biochemical Markers
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 October to January
Ethics CDC-Tuskegee University Public Health Ethics Student Internship
Summer internship. Interns work with mentors from across the agency to develop projects applying public health ethics principles. They also gain opportunities to become familiar with the CDC workplace and observe the principles of public health ethics in practice on a daily basis.
Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Tuskegee University N/A Contact: Jo A. Valentine, MSW
Associate Director, Office of Health Equity
Division of STD Prevention, NCHHSTP, CDC
jxv2@cdc.gov
404.639-8366
Environmental Health Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH)
Interns participate in a comprehensive program including environmental health project assignments, interaction with federal officials and scientists, and visits to important environmental health sites in and around Atlanta.
Rising sophomores, juniors or rising seniors (full-time enrollment at a college or university) 10 Weeks summer, paid November to January
Health Education/Communication *DHPE Health Equity Internship Program
Offers a unique internship opportunity to prepare students of federally designated minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to apply academic skills and problem-solving to real-life work experiences while the public health programs they serve gain vitality and fresh perspectives from future leaders.
Undergraduate and graduate students from minority-serving institutions 12 Weeks, paid Various months
For more information, contact Dr. Steve Owens at sowens@dhpe.org.
General Interest Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)
Work study experience exposing students to a diverse array of careers in the federal sector.
Undergraduates Varies, paid Students should contact the Federal Work-Study Coordinator in their financial aid office for available CDC/ATSDR work study opportunities
General Interest Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)
The participants explore public health through seminars, workshops, and engagement in a community-based research project. Throughout the program the experience is guided by mentors from public health disciplines. The participants receive leadership training, orientation to the public health disciplines, real world work experience, and a trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to meet public health professionals.
Undergraduates in their sophomore, junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students 10 Weeks residential summer program, paid November to January
General Interest *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 Ph.D.) and recent graduates 10-15 Weeks paid Spring: September to October; Summer: September to October/February; Fall: January to June
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
Management/Leadership *Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement – Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)
MCHC/RISE-UP is a national consortium of institutions including the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI), Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, University of Southern California, California State University-LA, and University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities. Three tracks are offered: (1) clinical (KKI only), (2) research, and (3) community engagement and advocacy.
Undergraduate juniors, seniors, and recent graduates 10 Weeks summer, paid November to January
Public Health Science *Morehouse College Project IMHOTEP Program
Throughout the program, interns participate in a wide variety of seminars, workshops, and other educational initiatives and must complete a required number of community service hours. The interns receive training and support in data analysis and other project requirements. At the conclusion of the program, interns deliver an oral presentation, poster, and submit a written manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific journal.
Undergraduates in their junior and senior year or recent graduate 11 Weeks summer, paid November to January
Public Health Science *Morehouse College Public Health Leader Fellowship Program
During this fellowship, undergraduate students learn the principles and practice of public health leadership in preparation for graduate programs in public and biomedical health sciences.
Current juniors, seniors, or recent graduates (within one year) of an undergraduate institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 10 weeks (2 weeks of didactic training and 8 weeks of internship), paid December to January
Environmental Health *National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)
Current sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student at the time the application is submitted with majority of courses in environmental health focus areas. Students who apply must be from National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited environmental health academic programs.
Current sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student at the time the application is submitted with majority of courses in environmental health focus areas. Must be with EHAC accredited environmental health academic program 10 Weeks; paid December to February
Laboratory 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
General Interest *Public Health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS)
PLLUSS Program students will participate in public health research, education on health disparities and urban health issues, professional development, and community health promotion activities. Students will be encouraged to produce peer-reviewed publications and attend a national public health conference. Students will receive mentorship with the goal of successful acceptance and completion of graduate or professional school in the public health area.
Undergraduate sophomore and junior students minoring or majoring in public health 10 Weeks, 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 12 months, paid September to November
Environmental Health Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH)
Interns gain environmental health experience and an understanding of environmental health work at the state, local, federal, and tribal levels.
Eligibility limited to rising junior and senior and graduate students with environmental health major in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council 9 Weeks summer, paid November to February
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 Science *The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)
Throughout the summer, participants receive leadership training, orientation to the public health disciplines, and real world work experience. At the conclusion of the program, interns deliver an oral presentation and submit a final paper on a public health challenge or intervention.
Junior, senior and recent graduates 10 Weeks summer, paid November to January

*Denotes fellowships offered in partnership with CDC

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