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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a component federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For over 70 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuing a long, productive, healthy life for all people. The Office of General Counsel for DHHS-CDC is responsible for providing legal services to the CEC and to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The office deals with a wide variety of legal issues, including legal and public health issues related to AIDS, vaccine liability, environmental health, occupational safety and health, chronic disease, infectious diseases, emergency response an bioterrorism to name a few. The office handles CDC's and ATSDR's litigation portfolio and provides legal support to business and administrative offices across the agency.

The Department of Health & Human Services Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides externs with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of critical and cutting-edge legal issues. OGC provides representation and legal advice to CDC/ATSDR and supports the development and implementation of CDC’s programs by providing legal services to all Centers, Institutes, and Offices within the agency. Externs will conduct essential legal research, participate in client meetings, attend CDC-wide lectures, and work closely with OGC attorneys on other public health law-related matters.


Prerequisites: None


  • Second or third-year law students
  • Background and/or interest in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful


  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of application, you must submit a one paragraph statement (approximately 50 - 75 words) of why you want to take this externship and a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the College of Law.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.