CDC Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health – Apply by January 28th

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This is a paid 10-week summer environmental internship for undergraduate students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked.

The link between the environment and health is aptly referred to as “environmental health.” Environmental health as a discipline focuses on the interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well-being, and fosters safe and healthy living. This branch of public health is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health.

Environmental health professionals engage in a broad and exciting range of activities—basic and applied research, surveillance and tracking, direct health protection efforts such as disaster preparedness and response, health education, patient care, policy support, and more. For students interested in the environment, health, or both, few fields are more fascinating.

Interns will be placed in environmental health programs at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at CDC in Atlanta, GA (please note, the CDC has multiple locations in Atlanta and CLEH interns will be reporting to CDC’s Chamblee Campus and not CDC’s Roybal campus (the main CDC campus)). Over the course of the summer, interns will be exposed to a broad overview of environmental public health issues at the federal level.

Interns will participate in a comprehensive program including environmental health project assignments, interaction with federal officials and scientists, and visits to important environmental health sites in and around Atlanta. Other activities include “brown-bag” lunches with CDC staff, as well as attending lectures from prominent environmental health leaders in the Atlanta area. In addition, interns will be able to attend the many seminars offered by CDC during the summer.


The application period for the 2015 Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health internship will open in mid-October; please stay tuned for more details.

  • Application deadline: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  • Notification to intern of acceptance: Friday, March 13, 2015
  • Acceptance of internship offer by student and initiation of paperwork: Friday, March 20, 2015
  • Internship dates:Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – Friday, August 14, 2015

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 citizenship or Permanent Resident with a green card
  2. Full time enrollment at a college or university as a rising junior or rising senior by fall 2015
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and
  4. An academic major or demonstrated coursework concentration in environmental studies, environmental, physical, biological chemical and/or social sciences (if applicants are not majoring in one of these areas they can make the case for why their major or interests are applicable to this internship in essay #2)

Note: Seniors graduating in Spring 2015 will not be accepted to this program.

If you are an undergraduate student majoring in environmental health in a program accredited by theNational Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC)External Web Site Icon you should apply for the Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH).


Interns will be provided a stipend of approximately $600 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 housing and transportation page.

Other Important Information

  1. Commitment on the part of the participant, CDC, or ORISE with regard to later employment is neither implied, nor should it be inferred by the offer or acceptance of an award
  2. Health-insurance is a prerequisite and mandatory for all participants
  3. Deferrals of the internship will not be allowed
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Participation in the program is contingent upon the individual’s ability to obtain the proper security clearance
  7. 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

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