CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program and the Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases RISE Fellowship (Ferguson Fellowship)

Intern and Fellowship Programs

2022 OMHHE Internship/Fellowship Opportunities

OMHHE sponsors the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program and the Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases RISE Fellowship (Ferguson Fellowship), consisting of six internship opportunities taking place at five partner institutions. The CUPS Program and Ferguson Fellowship create a public health workplace experience to increase student interest in minority health and health professions. Every year, the CUPS Program and Ferguson Fellowship enroll a diverse and talented group of students and provides them with an opportunity to turn knowledge into real world experience in a public health setting.

See highlights from the CUPS Program and Ferguson Fellowship Student Showcase and Expo.

CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for eligible undergraduate and graduate students selected to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings.

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Columbia University Program
SPHSP

Application Launch: Monday, November 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Program Dates: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 to Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Duration: 9 weeks

Brief Description: The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is designed for undergraduate students and its goal is to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. SPHSP is a partnership of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicineexternal icon, School of Nursingexternal icon, and the Mailman School of Public Healthexternal icon.

The program is designed for undergraduates entering their junior or senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students who are undecided about their career goals. This is a rigorous program which includes public health coursework at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse urban environment experiencing economic disadvantage; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members, ensuring students’ exposure to the range and importance of public health as a career option.

Website: vagelos.columbia.eduexternal icon

Point of Contact: Danielle Joyner, MPH
Email: sphsp@cumc.columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 305-4157

Kennedy Krieger Institute Programs
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Application Launch: Monday, November 1, 2021
Application Deadline:
Monday, January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Program Dates: Monday, May 30, 2022 to Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Duration: 9 weeks

Brief Description: Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement-Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP) is a national consortium of institutions. They include: the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities, and University of California, Davis MIND Institute partnering with UC-Davis Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The consortium provides opportunities for enhanced public health leadership in the area of maternal and child health. MCHC/RISE-UP focuses on the social determinants of health, CDC Winnable Battles, elimination of health disparities, health care services for marginalized populations, and evaluation and treatment of developmental disabilities.

Diverse undergraduate junior, senior, and recent baccalaureate degree scholars (within 12 months of the MCHC/RISE-UP orientation) who are interested in learning more about public health and maternal and child health are encouraged to apply. Scholars must have at least a 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Three experiential public health leadership tracks are offered: (1) clinical, (2) research, and (3) community engagement and advocacy. MCHC/RISE-UP’s ultimate goal is to promote equitable health care systems by encouraging graduate education and career opportunities in public health, clinical, policy, and research fields for diverse populations of scholars.

The in-person program begins with orientation for all scholars. Registration and seminars will begin on Monday, May 30, through Friday, June 3, 2022. Following orientation, scholars start their summer experiences led by Kennedy Krieger Institute and the University of South Dakota on June 6, 2022 and the University of California-Davis on June 13, 2022. The program ends on July 27, 2022.

Website: Kennedykrieger.orgexternal icon

Point of Contact: Kenneth B. Williams, Jr., MPH, Program Manager
Email: MCHC-RISE-UP@kennedykrieger.org
Phone: (443) 923-5901
Fax: (443) 923-5875

kennedy krieger institute

Application Launch: Monday, November 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Program Dates: Monday, May 30, 2022 to Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Duration: 9 weeks

Brief Description: The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases RISE Fellowship (Ferguson Fellowship) is a nine-week summer program that provides research-based educational and professional development experience for graduate level scholars interested in infectious diseases, public health, mental health, maternal and child health and/or health disparities research.  Fellows work with research mentors at CDC or Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Nursing, and Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Maryland State or Baltimore City Department of Health.  Baltimore City locations offer Ferguson fellows laboratory, clinical, state, and community-based research experiences. Fellows in Baltimore work with research mentors on projects related to infectious diseases, health disparities, mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and epidemiology.  The CDC site in Atlanta offers research externships focused primarily on infectious diseases.  Other CDC-based opportunities may include prevention of injury and other CDC research initiatives.  Ferguson fellows receive professional guidance to present their research at a national scientific meeting, as federal funding allows. The overarching goal of the Ferguson Fellowship is to promote diversity among future public health research leaders.

Following orientation (Monday, May 30, 2022 through Friday, June 3, 2022), the scholars at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sites will begin their research experience on Monday, June 6, 2022 and end on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Website: Kennedykrieger.org/Fergusonexternal icon

Point of Contact: Kenneth B. Williams, Jr., MPH, Program Manager
Email: Ferguson_Fellowship@kennedykrieger.org
Phone: (443) 923-5901
Fax: (443) 923-5875

Morehouse College Program
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Application Launch: Friday, October 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST
Program Dates: Monday, May 17, 2021 to Friday, July 30, 2021
Duration: 11 weeks

Brief Description: Morehouse College’s Project Imhotep is an 11-week summer internship designed to increase the knowledge and skills of underrepresented minority students in biostatistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health.

The program begins with two weeks of intense educational training in the following public health courses: public health and health disparities, epidemiology, biostatistics (with SPSS training), and scientific writing. The purpose of this training is to equip interns with the academic information necessary to successfully complete the program. During the following nine weeks, interns are paired with an expert personal mentor at CDC, academic institutions, local and state agencies, or community-based organizations to complete a public health research project. In addition, interns participate in a variety of seminars, workshops, educational initiatives and are required to complete 16 hours of community service.

Website:  Project Imhotepexternal icon

Points of Contact: Cynthia Trawick, EdD, Program Director and NyThea Campbell Tolbert, PhD, MPH, Assistant Director
Email: phsi@morehouse.edu
Phone: (470) 639-0597

University of Michigan Program
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Application Launch: Monday, November 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Program Dates: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 to Friday, July 29, 2022
Duration: 10 weeks

Brief Description: The Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is an intensive rigorous ten-week program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  FPHLP introduces underrepresented college students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year to public health and health equity.  FPHLP’s field placement sites with community-based organizations, health systems, governmental health organizations and research centers provide participants with a well-rounded hands-on experience in public health that is bolstered by seminars and professional development workshops to increase interpersonal and technical skills.  Participants learn about public health and health equity from leading public health faculty and participate in a research project that has real world implications and usage.  All participants receive mentorship and guidance throughout the program and beyond.

Participating in FPHLP, students join a community of peers invested in each other and the future health of our communities. Become part of the “I AM FPHLP” community.

Website: sph.umich.edu/fphlp external icon

Point of Contact: Hallie Williams
Email: michiganfphlp@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-8688

University of California, Los Angeles
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Application Launch: Monday, November 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Program Dates: Sunday, June 19, 2022 to Saturday, August 13, 2022
Duration: 8 weeks

Brief Description: The UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program is an eight-week program that provides undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the field of public health through hands-on training, structured workshops, group excursions, and leadership and professional development. Located in Los Angeles, the program offers scholars the opportunity to train at UCLA, to explore public health in one of the most diverse counties in the U.S., and to experience the city’s vibrant culture. We work with community-based organizations, health systems, and government agencies to offer field placement opportunities for scholars that focus on health equity.

Scholars are placed at these partnering organizations throughout Los Angeles where they are exposed to the spectrum of public health practice and provided with professional mentors. To supplement field work, scholars attend workshops, develop leadership and professional skills, and receive mentoring from graduate students and faculty. Scholars become a part of a motivated community invested in creating healthy futures for all.

Website: ph.ucla.eduexternal icon

Point of Contact: Kathy Silva, Program Coordinator
Email: phscholars@ph.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 205- 3526

Page last reviewed: November 17, 2021