​​​​Public Health Laboratory Internship Program: an APHL-CDC Initiative

APHL and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partner to offer paid laboratory internships to train and prepare college students for careers at public health laboratories. Funded through the American Rescue Plan, interns join public health laboratory teams to make an impact on protecting the health of our communities. Interns assist laboratory professionals working on meaningful projects, like detecting genetic disorders in newborn babies, monitoring drinking water, tracking viruses carried by insects, and testing soil for environmental toxins. 

​​​All US state, local and territorial public health laboratories, and non-federal environmental, chemical, agricultural, veterinary and food safety laboratories may apply to host interns. ​​Mentors from APHL member or non-member labs are encouraged to apply as long as the mission of their lab supports public health. Prior to application submission, please review the host laboratory and mentor requirements ​outlined below.​

Intern placement is dependent on a host laboratory being located near an intern. There are no relocation funds available for interns and they must be matched with a lab that is either near their university or is a commutable distance. If your university has a laboratory and your findings can be reported back to a Public Health Laboratory, please contact us at internships@aphl.org ​to confirm your eligibility. 

Applications are now open

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Questions About the Application Process?​​


If you have questions about the application process, please send us an email at internships@aphl.org.