Graduate Environmental Health (GEH) Summer Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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How to Apply

A complete application consists of:

All documents must be in English.

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Application Deadline
2/3/2017 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

A graduate student summer internship opportunity is available at the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Over the course of the summer, students will be engaged in environmental health projects. They will be exposed to a broad overview of environmental health issues at the Federal level. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities during the internship to include reading and helping to guide weekly journal club discussions, attending and participating in weekly subject matter expert (SME) briefings, attending and participating in weekly field trip activities, prepareing and presenting on assigned environmental health projects, participating in professional development trainings including career development, communication, leadership and inquiry and analysis. Students will be matched with a project supervisor based on their experience and skill set. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with seasoned environmental health professionals and scientists during this internship. For examples of past GEH internship projects, please review at

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC.  The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is for one summer (beginning June 5, 2017), full-time for two months at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

  • Graduate student (enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program) with an academic major or demonstrated concentration in environmental studies, environment, public health, physical, biological, chemical, medical, and/or social sciences. Students enrolled in a doctoral-level clinical degree program (such as MD/DD, DVM, DDS, Pharm D) will also be considered.  Students who will graduate in Spring 2017 are not eligible.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Ideal candidates would have extra curricular activities or volunteer work that is related to the field of environmental health or the environment, including holding positions of leadership in these organizations or activities. Students should have a passion for the environment and an eagerness to learn about the environment's link to human health.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree.
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (9 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (1 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (2 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (5 )
    • Engineering (10 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (11 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (22 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (5 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (3 )
    • Physics (4 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (19 )

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