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Internship Program

The Public Health Law Program has not determined whether we will be able to fill internship positions for Spring or Summer 2011. You may, however, forward your resume to and we will contact you when opportunities become available.


The Public Health Law Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention welcomes applications for its internship program from graduate students in law, public health, and related academic fields. Interns generally serve in the offices of the Public Health Law Program in Atlanta, Georgia, although other locations may be considered.

The mission of the CDC Public Health Law Program is to improve the health of the public through law. The objectives of the internship program are:

  • To encourage graduate students to learn about, and possibly consider careers in public health law
  • To offer a rewarding professional experience at CDC, the Nation's prevention agency
  • To contribute to the fulfillment of CDC objectives

Generally, only one or two interns participate at any given time. Interns work with Program staff on projects of mutual interest and are given opportunities to learn about other areas of CDC. To learn more about the developmental assignments and opportunities offered to interns, please access a sample Intern Workplan.

"The findings and conclusions in the presentations below represent the work of fellows and/or student interns and have not been formally disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, the findings and conclusions offered should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy."

Current Interns

No current interns, at this time

Former Interns

Vinay Chopra (Spring '10)
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, JD,MPH Candidate
Emory University School of Law

Tara Ramanathan (Fall '09)
MPH Graduate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
JD Candidate, Emory University School of Law

Robin Freeman (Summer '09)
JD/MPH Candidate
University of Virginia School of Law

Courtney Petty (Summer '09)
JD Candidate
Drake University School of Law

Adeleoluwa Kolade (Spring '09)
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, MPH Candidate
Emory University School of Law

Ayesha N. Smith (Summer – Fall '08)
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, MPH Candidate

Jordan Tenenbaum (Summer – Fall '08)
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, MPH Candidate
Emory University School of Law

Rebecca A. Jesada (Summer '08)
University of Maryland School of Law, JD Candidate

Lindsey Murtagh (Summer '08)
JD/MPH Candidate
Harvard University School of Law
Harvard University School of Public Health


Supporting Breast Feeding through Law: an examination of state and federal law

Latawsha Little-Hill (Spring '08)
Thomas Cooley Law School

Vatrice Perrin (Spring '08)
MPH, JD Candidate
University of Florida, Levin College of Law
University of Florida, College of Public Health & Health Professions

M. Brandon Talley (Fall '07)
Georgia State University, MPH

Golda Philip (Fall '07)
JD/MPH Candidate
Northeastern University School of Law
Tufts University School of Medicine

Erin Lichtenstein (Summer '07)
University of Chicago Law School, JD Candidate

Elenora E. Connors (Summer '07)
UW – Madison Law School, JD, MPH Candidate

Marjorie Ma’tese L. White (Summer '07)
Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, MD / MPH Candidate

Yolonda Villalvazo (Fall '06)
Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, MD / MPH Candidate

Jason Joaquin Almonte (Summer '06)
University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, JD Candidate

Rebecca Chase McLaughlin
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, JD/MPH Candidate

Christopher Ogolla
Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, JD Candidate

Sameer Vohra
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, MD/JD Candidate

Rita - Marie Brady, JD/MPH Candidate
Emory University School of Law


Sexual Trafficking: Public Health and Law Overview

Kim McWhorter, MPH Candidate
Emory University


Presentations: The Olmstead Decision: State Responses and its Implications for Public Health and Law.

Michael Smith, JD/MPH Candidate
University of Virginia School of Law


Public Health Ethics
Adam Aten
MPH Graduate from University of Des Moines University of Health Sciences

Kate D. McCarthy
MPH Graduate from University of Alabama at Birmingham

Michael A. Woods
DePaul University College of Law, JD Graduate, with a Certificate in Health Law
Benedictine University, Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy

DeKeely Hartsfield
MPH Graduate of Emory University Rollins School of Public Health


Interns usually serve for one semester or quarter during the academic year, either full- or part-time. Summer internships are typically full-time for a approximately 10 weeks. A modest stipend is provided; consistent with law school policies, law students may choose between a stipend or course credit.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current enrollment as a 2nd year law student or as a graduate student in public health, or a related field
  • Demonstrated high academic achievement and strong analytic and writing skills
  • Strong faculty recommendation; (2) references required
  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent legal residency

To Apply

Applications must be received by U.S. Mail by the following dates:

February 28, for summer internships
June 1, for autumn internships
October 24, for spring internships.

Your application should contain the following:

  • A completed CDC Guest Researcher Application
  • A cover letter describing your interest in an internship and the principle project or activity you would propose to complete
  • A current resume
  • A copy of your most recent transcript
  • References from two persons who are familiar with your professional or educational qualifications: ORISE Reference Form

Temporary Housing in Atlanta

Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern.  Since the inception of CDCs Public Health Law Program, interns have hailed from colleges and universities from across the country, including:

  • Emory University School of Public Health (Atlanta, GA)
  • Georgia State University School of Law (Atlanta, GA)
  • DePaul University College of Law (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Houston Law Center (Houston, TX)
  • State University of New York Buffalo School of Law (Buffalo, NY)
  • St. Louis University School of Law (St. Louis, MO)

Most of our interns choose to sublet an apartment or room during their Internship. Links to resources with information regarding temporary housing can be found here: Temporary Housing.

Disclaimer: Links to non-federal organizations found at this site and this document are provided solely as a service to potential interns and other users of our website. These links do not constitute an endorsement of these resources or organizations or their programs by CDC or the federal government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization web pages found at these links.

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