Want to make a difference and help with the COVID-19 pandemic response?
The COVID-19 Associate Program, sponsored by APHL and CDC, provides experience in laboratory-related aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Associates provide workforce capacity to the public health laboratory community in its response efforts. In turn, associates develop skills to prepare for careers in public health laboratory science.
COVID-19 Laboratory Associate Program Specifics
The program is a temporary (up to a 9 months), full-time working appointment for bachelor-, master- and doctoral-level scientists. Associates are placed in US local, state, and territorial public health laboratories to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic response. Appropriate training is provided as needed. Once in their host laboratories, associates are supervised by laboratory personnel and work on projects proposed by the host laboratory. In addition to laboratory-specific work, associates participate in distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory
Associates receive a stipend and allowances for: required medical insurance, travel to the host laboratory, and complimentary student membership to APHL. The stipend levels are $40,000 – 67,000 per year depending on education and experience.
Eligibility and Requirements
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants to the program must have completed degree requirements prior to starting the program.
COVID-19 Laboratory Associates
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accepted on a rolling basis, and positions will be offered and filled as host laboratory opportunities are available. Applicants are required to submit an online application to APHL, which includes:
- Narrative statement
- Resume or CV
- Three references or letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions
- Proof of US citizenship or permanent residency.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received by APHL; incomplete applications will not be considered.
APHL member local, state, and territorial public health laboratories interested in applying to host one or more COVID-19 Associates, please see the host lab instructions and application.
Host Laboratory Instructions and Application
Please review our
frequently asked questions about the program and the application process, or contact Heather Roney at