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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 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 and supports the development and implementation of CDC’s programs by providing legal services to all Centers, Institutes, and Offices within the agency. OGC furthers the CDC mission by working on legal issues related to the following areas: disease outbreak, food safety, global health programs, chronic diseases, environmental health, and other essential public health issues. 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 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 CDC. If you are selected to interview, be sure to allow at least 20 minutes before the scheduled interview time to complete the security clearance process.
  • 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.