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.
- Columbia University Medical Center – Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)external icon
- Kennedy Krieger Institute – Maternal Child Health Careers / Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement-Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)external icon
- Morehouse College – Project IMHOTEPexternal icon
- Morehouse College – Public Health Leader Fellowship Program (MC PHLFP) Programexternal icon
- University of Michigan School of Public Health – Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)external icon
- UCLA – Public Health Scholars Training Programexternal icon
- Kennedy Krieger Institute – Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program (Ferguson Fellows)external icon
|Topic||Description||Open To||Length/Salary||Application Period|
|Laboratory||Biochemical Markers pdf icon[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||January|
|Ethics||CDC-Tuskegee University Public Health Ethics Student Internship (For Tuskegee students only). 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..||Tuskegee University undergraduate and graduate students||8 Weeks, paid||Eligible students are selected by the Tuskegee Center for Bioethics
CDC Contact: Jo A. Valentine, MSW
Associate Director, Office of Health Equity
Division of STD Prevention, NCHHSTP, CDC
|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 juniors or seniors (full-time enrollment at a college or university)||9 Weeks, paid||We are taking a pause for the 2019 CLEH summer training program and not soliciting applications at this time.|
|*Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) Health Equity Internshipexternal icon
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 Karen Probert at email@example.com.|
|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)external icon
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||*Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program (HNIP)external icon
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 November; Summer: September to March; Fall: January to June|
|General Interest||*Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP)external icon
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|
|*Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement – Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)external icon
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.
|Rising juniors, seniors, and recent graduates||10 Weeks summer, paid||November to January|
|*CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program
CDC’s Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) program prepares a diverse body of students to consider public health as a career to ensure a future where the American public benefits from a more diverse and better trained public health workforce. A core area of study and practice during the internship is related to the health needs of U.S. minority and other populations who often are underserved and underrepresented in the field. During their internships, students work in a variety of public health settings including community organizations, health departments, university-based programs, and federal agencies.
|Rising juniors, seniors, and recent graduates||Varies per opportunity||Varies per opportunity|
|Public Health Science||*Morehouse College Project IMHOTEP Program external icon
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.
|Undergraduate juniors, seniors, and recent graduates||11 Weeks summer, paid||November to January|
|Public Health Science||*Morehouse College Public Health Leader Fellowship Programexternal icon
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.
|Undergraduate juniors, seniors, and recent graduates||10 Weeks, paid||December to January|
|Environmental Health||*National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)external icon
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|
|Occupational Health||Occupational Health Internship Programexternal icon
The Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) is a full time, paid summer internship designed to link the skills and interests of students with the needs of workers employed in an under-served or high hazard job. Teams of two interns are assigned to a union or worker organization where they receive supervision from a designated staff member and an academic mentor.
|Undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university who will have completed at least two years of college (i.e. juniors and seniors only) by the OHIP summer and students enrolled in graduate programs are eligible to apply. Recent graduates cannot be out of school for more than six months prior to the start of OHIP||9 Weeks, paid||January-February|
|General Interest||ORISE CDC Research Opportunitiesexternal icon
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)external icon
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)external icon
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|
|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.
|Rising juniors, seniors, and recent graduates with environmental health major in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Councilexternal icon||9 Weeks summer, paid||We are taking a pause for the 2019 CLEH summer training program and not soliciting applications at this time.|
|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.Click here for full details pdf icon[429 KB, 3 Pages, 508]
|High school 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)external icon
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.
|Rising juniors, seniors, and recent graduates||10 Weeks summer, paid||November to January|
*Denotes fellowships offered in partnership with CDC