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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

Internship Opportunity: Unpaid

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: Atlanta, GA, USA

Sector: Global Health Policy

Start Date:  Winter 2018, Spring 2018

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

Time Commitment: Up to 40 hours per week for at least 8 weeks

Desired Class Year: Undergraduates graduating no later than Spring 2019; MPH degree candidates

Desired Major or Interest: Public Health, Global Health

Application Deadline: September 17, 2018

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Brief Description of the organization:

For more than 60 years, CDC has used its scientific expertise to help people throughout the world live healthier, safer, longer lives. CDC's Center for Global Health (CGH) coordinates and manages the agency's resources and expertise to address global challenges such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, emergency and refugee health, non-communicable diseases, injuries, and more, including CDC’s ongoing work in more than 60 countries.

The Center for Global Health leads the execution of CDC's global health approach, working in partnership to assist Ministries of Health to plan, manage effectively, and evaluate health programs; achieve U.S. Government program and international organization goals to improve health, including disease eradication and elimination targets; expand CDC's global health programs that focus on the leading causes of mortality, morbidity and disability, especially chronic disease and injuries; generate and apply new knowledge to achieve health goals; and strengthen health systems and their impact. CDC remains committed to ensuring that every dollar spent achieves maximum public health impact.

The Center for Global Health includes the CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection, Division of Global HIV/TB, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, and Global Immunization Division. These Divisions lead CDC’s implementation of flagship US global health programs including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI); they also help lead CDC’s contributions to key multilateral initiatives including the Global Health Security Agenda and global polio eradication.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

CDC is offering an internship opportunity within the Center for Global Health, Office of the Director. The student will serve as a member of CDC’s global health policy team, under the Associate Director for Policy, with a focus on strategy and partnerships.

The student will work with the Strategy and Planning Team on projects aiming to strengthen policy capacity for CDC’s global staff in over 60 countries across the world and develop partnership opportunities to advance strategic priorities for the CDC’s Center for Global Health. During the period of performance, the projects the intern will focus on are:

  • Contribute to projects aiming to develop a public-private partnership strategy for CDC’s Center for Global Health, including activities with the CDC Foundation;
  • Attend meetings and partnership events to provide comprehensive readouts to relevant CGH subject matter experts and leadership;
  • Support in depth analysis of key policy issues for global health programs, including review of background materials, CDC global priorities, national security, economic impact, CDC-supported scientific publications, and other materials; and
  • Participate in preparation for key multilateral engagements such as the UN General Assembly, World Health Assembly, WHO Executive Board meetings, and other events

As part of the internship, the student will:

  • Develop a strong understanding of USG global health programs and stakeholders
  • Improve policy writing and communications skills
  • Participate in CDC global health strategy development
  • Have the opportunity to interact with key CDC partners in the global health policy community


  • Self-sufficient
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain good judgement and integrity under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse group of people and organizations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Highly desired:

  • Familiarity with global health issues and programs
  • Interest in public-private partnership development


How to apply: For priority consideration, send resumes and letters of interest  by  October 10th to Eric Janisch, ( Your letters should be addressed to Joel Stanojevich, Associate Director of the Center for Global Health​.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

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