CDC Internships Program
Explore a diversity of public health opportunities that can lead to an exciting career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Do you have an interest in protecting the health of underrepresented populations or promoting health equity and eliminating health disparities? This fully funded internship program offers internships in a variety of public health settings and is a unique opportunity to explore a career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. To be a truly effective public agency, the CDC’s workforce must continue to reflect the populations it serves. The CDC Internship Program focuses on increasing knowledge and interest in public health careers among students from underrepresented populations.
Learn more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov or register for one of our upcoming informational sessions.
CDC/LOCI/OCC Application Overview & Tips Webinar
May 3, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. EST
In this fully funded, full-time internship, you will get a unique opportunity to turn knowledge into real world experience in a public health setting, with a focus on diversity and protecting the health of underrepresented populations. Your internship could focus on areas such as epidemiology, fundamentals of public health, minority health and health disparities, working with disproportionately impacted populations, and biostatistics and statistical software.
To be eligible to participate you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program (AA/AS, BA/BS, Masters, JD, MD, or Ph.D.) at an accredited higher education institution. Students pursuing only a credential or certificate program will be considered ineligible.
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Be able to work full-time (32-40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship. Negotiation of hours to part-time is not possible. Please only apply if you know that you can handle a full-time work schedule on top of any other responsibilities.
- Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students participating in our Funded Federal Diversity programs are considered employees of The Washington Center and are required to be fully vaccinated to participate. Learn more about our COVID-19 policy.
- Have a confirmed interest in working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Reside within the United States throughout the entire duration of the internship (if virtual).
Preferred majors include, but are not limited to:
- Health Communications
- Public Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program is a 10-week Summer or 15-week Spring or Fall program in which you will work full-time, five days a week, assisting with a variety of projects assigned by your internship mentor. Assignments will span many professional fields at CDC; past placements have included:
- National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
- Division of Bacterial Diseases - Respiratory Diseases Branch
- Division of Influenza - Epidemiology and Prevention Branch- International Epidemiology and Research Team
- Division of Influenza - Epidemiology and Prevention Branch- Applied Research and Modeling Team
- Division of Viral Diseases - Office of the Director-Global Health Sciences Team
- Division of Viral Diseases - Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch- Global Polio Eradication Program
- National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)
- Office of Communications
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
- Office of Communications
- National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
- Office of Planning, Budget, and Legislation
- Workplace Health Resource Center (WHRC)
This is a fully funded program. Sponsorship covers the cost of the program, housing (if needed/when in-person is available), and roundtrip travel to and from the internship site city. You will be responsible for living expenses and local transportation. However, a stipend of $2,650-$8,475 will be provided to help alleviate these expenses. The final stipend amount is based on the length of the session, your education level and your decision to accept or reject TWC-organized housing.
In addition, various professional development sessions will be available to enhance students’ knowledge and marketability. The Washington Center organizes multiple hands-on experiences to prepare you for your career including Resume Review & Cover Letter Writing, LinkedIn Review, and Interviewing & Pitching Yourself. TWC also organizes networking opportunities during your internship and has highly active alumni networks of which you will be a part.
Housing and Living
Fully furnished housing near the internship site is provided by TWC for all participants who need it. Housing accommodations can, and typically do, require shared-living arrangements with other interns. Every effort is made to arrange housing near essential amenities like grocery stores, public transit and medical facilities. When in-person, placements may be in Washington, D.C. or at CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
Please note that Summer 2022 session and Fall 2022 session formats are TBD (either virtual or in person).
You may be eligible to receive academic credit for your participation in this program. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. You should discuss arrangements with your institution, prior to starting the program and let TWC know the specific requirements of your university.
Dates and Deadlines
Summer 2022 (Format TBD)
- Application Opening: April 6, 2022
- Application Deadline: April 29, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET *note that the application will be closed upon all positions being filled.
- Decision Notifications: Early May 2022
- Program Dates: June 6, 2022 – August 12, 2022
Fall 2022 (Format TBD)
- Applications Accepted: April 6 - July 1, 2022 (Applications are reviewed as they are received until all positions are filled.)
- Decision Notifications: Now to late July 2022 (Applicants are notified when they are selected for interviews until all positions are filled or until late July 2022.)
- Program Dates: August 29, 2022 – December 9, 2022
How to Apply
Register Your Interest
Interested in applying for a future semester? Want updates on webinars and application openings? Register your interest using the following form:
Have further questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 are now open! Please review the information below prior to submitting your application. Proper completion is critical to your application being considered for review.
- Go to www.twc.edu/apply and login or register as a new user.
- Under Start a New Application, click Internship.
- Once you’re in the application, select Federal Diversity Internship Initiative from the dropdown list.
- Once you select a year and term, a checkbox for each program will appear. Check the appropriate box for the federal agency you are applying to.
From there, complete all parts of the application. Here are some helpful tips:
- Proof of Citizenship: You are not required to provide proof of citizenship at the time of application.
- Social Security Number: If you do not feel comfortable entering your Social Security number, please use 111-11-1111.
- Financial Assistance: All students should select “No” at this time. Our federal internships are fully funded.
- Statement of Interest: You must clearly state which agency you are applying to. Carefully review the instructions before clicking the “Upload” button to attach your chosen document. If you do not receive a prompt for a federal agency statement, please reach out to email@example.com so that we can assist.
- Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation are not required for this application. Please input your own email address so that you may move to the next page.
- Internship Policy and Housing Policy: This policy does not apply to this program, but you must check the box to move forward in the application.
- Federal Diversity Internship Initiative Policy This section applies to your application. Please check the box if you agree.
- Financial Assistance Policy: This policy does not apply to this program, but you must check the box to move forward in the application.
There is no application fee for this program. If you are prompted about a payment, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to submit the following documents along with your application:
Resume: Submit a max 2-page resume in PDF format reflecting relevant work experience, volunteerism, awards, leadership, extra-curricular activities, research, and academic experiences. Your resume must include your GPA and your current contact information including email address, home address and telephone number.
Transcript: Submit your most recent transcript. Both unofficial and official transcripts are accepted. Please ensure that your Social Security Number is crossed out on the submitted document.
Statement of Interest: In a maximum 300-word statement in PDF Format, please address your specific interest in interning with the Library of Congress, along with what skills and experiences you have that make you a unique candidate. Rather than repeating your resume, you should describe why you want to intern at the Library of Congress, what skills and knowledge you have that has prepared you for this opportunity, and what you hope to gain from this experience.