Intern and Fellowship Programs
The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. Whether you are looking for a summer internship or a year-long fellowship, the following programs provide valuable exposure to a wide range of public health opportunities.
2017 OMHHE Sponsored Internship Opportunities
OMHHE sponsors the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) program, consisting of six internship opportunities taking place at four partner institutions, creating a public health workplace experience to increase student interest in minority health.
See highlights and view presentations from the 2016 CUPS orientation.
* OMHHE anticipates the 2017 Summer CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program (CUPS) continuing. If anything changes, we will notify the affected institutions. Please look to the institutions for any further updates.
Columbia University Program
Brief Description: The Summer Public Health Scholars Program is a 10-week summer training program for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students. The program begins with a trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to introduce students to public health professionals working at the federal level. Throughout the summer, participants receive leadership training, orientation to the public health disciplines, and real world work experience. At the conclusion of the program, interns deliver an oral presentation and submit a final paper on a public health challenge or intervention.
Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) Programs
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST
Program Dates: May 29, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Duration: 10 weeks
Brief Description: The MCHC/RISE-UP Program is a 10-week summer public health leadership program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students (within 12 months of the MCHC/RISE-UP orientation). MCHC/RISE-UP is a national consortium of institutions including the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI), Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, University of Southern California, California State University-LA, and University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities. Three tracks are offered: (1) clinical (KKI only), (2) research, and (3) community engagement and advocacy. Following Orientation (May 29, 2017 to June 2, 2017), scholars begin their MCHC/RISE-UP experience on June 2, 2017 and end on August 4, 2017.
Brief Description: The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship is a 9-week summer program for students currently enrolled full-time in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program who are interested in participating in infectious diseases and health disparities research. Ferguson Fellows are encouraged to submit their research to national meetings and for publication.
Brief Description: The PLLUSS Program is a 10-week public health leadership and research program. The PLLUSS Program is for undergraduate sophomore and junior students minoring or majoring in public health with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale. Students must complete sufficient course credit hours during the program for a minor in public health. The PLLUSS program is conducted at three collaborative research sites: (1) Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, (2) University of Cincinnati and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (UC-NIOSH), and (3) California State University-Los Angeles. PLLUSS Program students will participate in public health research, education on health disparities and urban health issues, professional development, and community health promotion activities. Students will be encouraged to produce peer-reviewed publications and attend a national public health conference. Students will receive mentorship with the goal of successful acceptance and completion of graduate or professional school in the public health area. Following Orientation (May 29, 2017 to June 2, 2017), scholars begin their PLLUSS experience on June 2, 2017 and end on August 4, 2017.
Morehouse College Program
Brief Description. Project IMHOTEP is a 11-week summer program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students. Throughout the program, interns participate in a wide variety of seminars, workshops, and other educational initiatives and must complete a required number of community service hours. The interns receive training and support in data analysis and other project requirements. At the conclusion of the program, interns deliver an oral presentation, poster, and submit a written manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific journal. Due to the demands of the program, Morehouse College seeks highly qualified students. The selection process is very rigorous and extremely competitive. Candidates should have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in public health.
The CDC Public Health Leader Fellowship Program at Morehouse College is a rigorous 10-week summer program (May 22, 2017- August 8, 2017) designed to prepare underrepresented undergraduate students for leadership roles in the field of public health. A principal aim of the program is reducing health disparities. The program includes 2 weeks of public health educational training at Morehouse College with didactic learning in topics that include introduction to public health, introduction to biostatistics, introduction to epidemiology, scientific writing, and international health. Students also receive 3 days of training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta. During the final 8 weeks of the program, each student is paired with a mentor to conduct a hands-on research project within CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
Throughout the duration of the internship, students participate in weekly forums with opportunities for learning about public health leadership challenges faced by accomplished guest lecturers with experience across a broad range of sectors. Students also receive weekly coaching support and participate in a leadership skills webinar series. The content of this leadership curriculum is based on the following public health leadership competencies: public health leadership principles; collaboration and partnerships; articulating mission and vision; dialogue; team building; developing collaborative relationships to achieve goals; applying social justice principles; motivating others; and demonstrating transparency, integrity, and honesty in all actions.
The CDC Public Health Leader Fellowship Program at Morehouse College is geared toward currently enrolled or recently graduated students at the undergraduate level with an interest in reducing health disparities through careers in public health.
University of Michigan Program
Brief Description: The Future Public Health Leaders Program is a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students. The participants explore public health through seminars, workshops, and engagement in a community-based research project. Throughout the program the experience is guided by mentors from public health disciplines. The participants receive leadership training, orientation to the public health disciplines, real world work experience, and a trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to meet public health professionals.