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Overview, Eligibility, and Stipend Info

2017 Applications will open after November 20th. Application information is the same; however, submission process is changing.

	2012 Graduate Environmental Health interns Environmental health is the discipline that focuses on the interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well-being, and fosters a safe and healthful environment. The health of the public is affected by the environments that surround us; from the air we breathe and the water we use to the places we work and the neighborhoods we live in. The interaction between the environment and human health is intrinsically linked. This is where the field of environmental health plays a part and is where you, the graduate student, can make a difference.

The Graduate Environmental Health program (GEH) is a paid ten week summer internship available for graduate students with majors or interests deemed to be in support of environmental health missions at NCEH/ATSDR. During the program interns will be assigned to projects that utilize the skills they’ve acquired through graduate studies and personal experiences. Interns will also be able to take advantage of lecture series and other opportunities offered at the CDC.

The number of intern positions is dependent on funds available. Interns will receive a monthly stipend at a rate of ~$780/week while participating in this program. The stipend will be deposited at the end of each month, so keep in mind the first paycheck will be at the end of June. The mission of the internship is to offer selected students a broad overview of environmental health at the federal level and to foster an interest in environmental health as a career. Applicants should have a passion for the environment and an eagerness to learn about the environment’s link to human health.


	2014 GEH interns pose for a selfie

2014 GEH interns pose for a selfie.

Note: CDC has partnered with The Department of Energy (DOE)/Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the implementation of this program. CDC will review applications and make final award selections.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. US Citizen or Permanent Resident with green card
  2. Currently enrolled full-time graduate student in a degree granting program from which a degree has not been conferred at the time of the internship.
  3. Interests and/or studies that are applicable to the field of environmental health
  4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  5. Proof of health insurance

Note: Students graduating in Spring 2016 will not be accepted to this program.


Interns will be provided a stipend of approximately $750 per week. Please note this stipend is delivered on a monthly basis, at the end of each month. Therefore, you will not receive your first paycheck until the last day of June. Travel to Atlanta will be the student’s responsibility. Potential housing options will be provided in advance, though interns will be expected to make their own arrangements for housing and transportation. For potential housing options please visit program's housing and transportation page.

Other Important Information

  • Commitment on the part of the participant and CDC with regard to later employment is neither implied, nor should it be inferred by the offer or acceptance of an award
  • Deferrals of the internship will not be allowed
  • All participants are considered guest researchers and are subject to CDC regulations governing visiting scientists, engineers, other professionals, and students to determine their access to the hosting venue and eligibility for an internship
  • As a guest researcher, each participant is responsible for payment of income taxes and is advised to become familiar with the relevant sections of the current tax codes
  • Health-insurance is required for all participants
  • Participation in the program is contingent upon the individual's ability to obtain the proper security clearance
  • All applicants will be subject to a criminal records check and other background investigations conducted by the U.S. Government. These inquiries are conducted to develop information to assess various factors about the applicant, including reliability, trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, character, conduct and loyalty to the United States
 If you are an undergraduate environmental health major in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) please consider applying for the Summer Program in Environmental Health SUPEH internship program. If you are an undergraduate (any major) interested in Environmental health, please consider applying for the Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH) program.