Student Programs

Dr. Frieden speaking at a CUPS program

The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. Whether you are looking for a summer internship or a year-long fellowship, the following programs provide valuable exposure to a wide range of public health opportunities.

The Millennial Health Leaders Summit brings together a cadre of medical, public health, and public policy graduate students, nominated by their universities for their outstanding achievements and promise as future leaders in addressing health disparities across the nation.

UMichigan, FPHLP

The CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) program consists of six internship opportunities creating a public health workplace experience to increase student interest in minority health.

KKI, MCUR/RISE, PLUSS, and Ferguson

Both CUPS students and fellows with the Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program will start their summer experience with a visit to CDC’s Atlanta campus for a three-day orientation. The event will include a series of group discussions, information exchanges, and innovative learning opportunities that introduce students to CDC’s priorities, current public health initiatives, and emerging public health issues at the federal level.

Columbia, SPHSP

CUPS participants spend the summer working on assigned projects that range from the study of social determinants of health, such as sociocultural factors related to HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men in the United States, to public health reporting focused on data and analysis.

Morehouse, Project:IMHOTEP

See the Intern and Fellowships page for more information on the CUPS Program, including links to apply, and for information on other Student Opportunities.

2017 CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Funding Opportunity Announcement Resources

The Millennial Health Leaders Summit convenes a group of men and women who represent the next generation of leaders who will be able to take on the task of eliminating health disparities in the United States in the 21st century.

See the Millennial Health Leaders Summit page for more information on the program.

The Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) Graduate Fellowship Training Program Overview (GFTP) provides paid and unpaid training opportunities for graduate and doctoral students, and recent graduates, interested in working on Hispanic health research. Fellows are placed throughout the United States and Latin America within government agencies and academic institutions.

All HSHPS fellows work alongside a mentor, an experienced researcher or senior staff member; assist with a research project as it relates to minority health issues; and participate in a series of professional development seminars. This program strives to assist individuals to develop skills to work with Hispanic and other minority groups in government and academia, pursue higher degrees, publish research, and stay connected with the HSHPS network.

Going on to its 20th year, HSHPS has trained over 400 fellows. Most work with Hispanic and other minority groups in government or academia, pursued higher degrees, published research, and/or received NIH grants.

Please note that although we do not target the GFTP to undergraduate students, we highly encourage third and fourth year undergraduates to apply.

HSHPS’s GFTP is offering PAID 10-week placements with the Office of Minority Health (OMH)’s, Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP).
Fellows will work alongside a mentor and work on projects as they relate to Hispanic and other minority health issues.


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (no visas or work permits)
  • Ethnic minority (American Indian, Native Alaskan, Asian and Pacific Islander, Black, or Hispanic) are *highly encouraged* to apply.

Application Deadline:

Friday, February 9th, 2018 @ 10am EST

Application now availableExternal.

Other CDC Sponsored Student Opportunities

Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH)
The National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) in Atlanta, Georgia invites rising collegiate juniors and seniors to apply for this paid 10-week summer internship. Undergraduate students that are passionate about the environment, about health, and about the link between the two will be paired with mentors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to gain experience in the fascinating field of Environmental Public Health. Students will receive a stipend of ~$620 per week to cover living expenses and other basic needs. More

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) / CDC Program in Infectious Disease and Public Health MicrobiologyExternal
The goal of the program is to support the development of new approaches, methodologies and knowledge in infectious disease prevention and control in areas within the public health mission of the CDC. MoreExternal

CDC/ the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Applied Epidemiology FellowshipExternal
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) are accepting applications for the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Program, which trains recent graduates in the field of applied epidemiology. During a two-year assignment, participating fellows develop applied epidemiologic skills during a high quality, mentored training experience in order to prepare them for a long-term career at the state or local level. While the program provides rigorous training for its participants, it is also designed with flexibility in order to meet the particular interests of the fellows. The fellowship program is designed for recent master’s or doctoral level graduates in epidemiology or a related field who are interested in the practice of public health at the state or local level. MoreExternal

Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship (APHIF)External
The Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship (APHIF) trains recent graduates in the expanding field of applied public health informatics. Participating Fellows will receive one year of on-the-job training at a state or local health agency under the guidance of experienced mentors. The goal of the Fellowship is to provide a high quality training experience and to secure long-term career placement for Fellows at the state or local level. APHIF is supported by the Association of the State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), otherwise known as the SHINE (Strengthening Health Systems through Interprofessional Education) partners. MoreExternal

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) / CDC Student Ambassador Program
The TMCF Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Internship Program is designed to not only increase interest in public health as a career, but also to increase interest in the CDC among students who do not have a science background and thus, may not have ever considered the CDC as a great place to work. An extremely large agency, the CDC, like any major corporation, requires the talents and skills of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. MoreExternal

Other Student Opportunities

White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) InternshipsExternal
Opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to gain experience in research, writing, coordination and outreach. Part-time and full-time internships during spring and fall semesters and full-time internships during the summer. MoreExternal

Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) External
Allows students to gain valuable professional experience with the Public Health Service (PHS) early in their education. They serve in assignments throughout the country during their official school breaks for periods from 31 to 120 days. MoreExternal

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training & Education ProgramsExternal
NIH has internships, awards, and other programs for students from high school through graduate school in a variety of health fields. MoreExternal

Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) ProgramExternal
Administered by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the MARC Program increases the number of minority students in biomedical research by providing special research and training opportunities. MoreExternal

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Internship ProgramExternal
A 10-week summer program that provides qualified AISES students with internship opportunities to explore potential federal service careers with select agencies. MoreExternal

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program (HNIP)External
As the largest Hispanic internship program in the nation, HACU/HNIP has placed over 7,600 college students in rewarding and challenging internships matching their majors and career goals. It provides a vital opportunity to address the historic under-representation of Hispanics/Latinos in the Federal government and many career fields. MoreExternal

Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) Training ProgramsExternal
HSHPS offers several paid training programs conducted across the United States and Latin America in government agencies and academic institutions. Most of the HSHPS trainees will work alongside other students sponsored by other nonprofit organizations in a government setting or students from the host institution. MoreExternal

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF)External
The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. MoreExternal

Page last reviewed: May 18, 2018