|ASPH/CDC Public Health Internship Program|
|ASPH/CDC Public Health Internship Program
The ASPH/CDC Public Health Internship Program is a collaborative effort between the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of the primary purposes of this effort is to "identify new approaches and opportunities for field experience in which graduate candidates and early career professionals with graduate degrees can practice applying skills and knowledge learned in the classroom and field."
What does the ASPH Internship offer you?
The purpose of the Program is to enable schools of public health to assign graduate students in public health to the CDC for on-site training. In addition to possibly fulfilling an internship requirement, students will benefit from: exposure to state-of-the-art information; acquisition of skills and knowledge useful to their careers; and interaction with technical experts in their chosen fields.
Upon completion of the Internship, the selected applicant will have made a useful contribution to a project of public health importance that is related to the mission of CDC. In addition, the selected applicant will have carried out scientific work that, if applicable, may be acceptable to the sponsoring academic institution for degree credit as specified at the beginning of the internship.
When and where are the Internships being offered?
Internship positions are full-time opportunities for the duration of 10 weeks over the summer. Internship opportunities will be located either at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, or at CDC geographical locations throughout the United States. Selected interns are required to relocate to the internship location. Relocation costs of any kind will not be covered by ASPH or CDC.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program at an ASPH-member graduate school of public health (click here), accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH.) Applicants must be students at the time of application, although may have graduated prior to entering the program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold visas permitting permanent residence in the U.S. (i.e., have a "Green Card") to be eligible for the Internship program.
Each intern will receive a training stipend for the ten-week assignment, paid in four equal installments.
How are Interns selected?
All applications to the internship program undergo a two-phase review process. In the first stage, the applications are reviewed by two faculty members from schools of public health (other than the applicant´s institution) on the following criteria: quality of essay, strength of credentials, previous professional experience; and letters of recommendation. Applications approved by the faculty review are forwarded to CDC for the second phase. At CDC, technical advisors review the applications along with the faculty review comments to assess which of the candidates applying for the individual projects are most suited for the internship.
How do I apply to the program?
There are two components to the application process, the online application and hard copy documents that must be mailed to ASPH in ONE package. The following lists all documents required to apply:
Hard copy documents:
- An essay (1500 word max) for each training area to which you are applying explaining your interests, strengths and qualifications for that position and how it will benefit your long-term career plans in the field of public health.
- Two references - Name, email and phone number.
- Two Generic Letters of Recommendation (from the references provided in the online application). Must be on a letter head with contact information and original signature. Does not need to be in a sealed envelope. Please request your recommenders to not fold or staple recommendation letters.
- Signature Page available upon submitting the online application. You will need to print, and sign. Please do not fold or staple pages.
- Official Graduate Transcripts (School of Public Health only). This will need to be in a sealed envelope issued by your school.
- A copy of your Green card, if you are not a US Citizen.