During this 9-week paid summer research experience, fellows are paired with mentors to work on research projects that will be presented at the end of the fellowship. Fellows also receive funding to attend a state or national conference to present their work and are encouraged to pursue publication. The Ferguson Fellowship is designed for graduate health students (e.g., pharmacy, medical, veterinary, public health) who are interested in infectious disease and health disparities research. Fellows may be based at the CDC in Atlanta, GA or at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.
This internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate health students attending minority-serving institutions (MSI). This year’s program, the 2017 Spring Health Equity Internship, was funded by CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) and hosted in partnership with the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).
ORISE research programs allow for participation in public health research at various government agencies. Although these are paid educational and training experiences for students and recent graduates, participation is ORISE is considered a guest appointment to the agency, not an employee-employer relationship. Appointments are made for a maximum of one year but may be renewed up to 4 years.
CDC ORISE appointments involve research on topics such as disease prevention, disease awareness, health communications, and more. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is another agency that hosts ORISE guest researchers. FDA ORISE appointments often involve laboratory research, specifically drug-related research and development. Pharmacy students and pharmacists with laboratory experience or PhDs may find FDA ORISE guest appointments especially attractive.
The NIH NCI HCIP caters to graduate students and recent graduates with a knack for science writing and health communications. Interns may choose the science writing or health communications track and may elect to participate for 6 or 12 months. Cancer education, prevention, and scientific developments in cancer research are areas of emphasis for this program.
Depending on an individual’s other academic qualifications, experiences, and interests, there are many more public health internships and programs pharmacy students, recent graduates, and working pharmacists may be eligible for. Below are several resources where you may find additional opportunities:
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