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The CDC's Public Health Law Program (PHLP) exposes law students to the public health field and allows them to explore the critical role law plays in advancing public health goals. PHLP is a dynamic group of public health lawyers and analysts who work to advance the use of law as a public health tool. PHLP provides services and resources such as technical assistance, publications, and workforce development to CDC programs and state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. This opportunity might be particularly appealing to individuals who have conducted public health or other scientific research, worked with data sets and coding processes, and have a proven ability to work independently and follow projects through to completion.

Externs will work on one or more core projects with mentorship from a CDC PHLP staff attorney, be involved in work projects that impact the mission of PHLP and CDC, actively participate in weekly PHLP staff meetings, have opportunities to co-author published articles and other materials, and showcase experiences in an end-of-externship presentation.


Prerequisites: Third-year students only

Preferences: 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 brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the CDC. If you are selected for an interview, be sure to allow at least 20 minutes before the scheduled interview time to complete the security clearance process.
  • Student should be available to attend team meetings.