Public Health Entomology for All

APPLY NOW! Become an Intern or Fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Do you want to engage in social justice work and science? Would you like to learn about Public Health Entomology as a profession and learn applied entomological strategies to prevent and control vector-borne diseases that are transmitted to people by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas? Apply for an internship or fellowship through Public Health Entomology For All, an exciting new opportunity for current students or recent undergraduate graduates of a Minority Serving Institution.

Applications for 2024 Internships and One-Year Fellowships are closed. 

 

About the Program

 

In partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) created the Public Health Entomology For All (PHEFA) program as we recognize entomology and ESA have a role in creating a more just and equitable community and world. 

PHEFA Internships and Fellowships will encourage students and recent graduates who are interested in social justice and health equity to pursue entomology as a career and work toward a future in which all communities benefit from creative, inclusive, and equitable scientific processes and solutions.

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One-Year Fellowships for Recent Graduates

Apply for a Fellowship

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a total of two PHEFA Fellows in its field offices in Fort Collins, Colorado; one PHEFA Fellow in Atlanta, Georgia; and one PHEFA Fellow in San Juan, Puerto Rico for one year beginning in summer 2024. Fellows will conduct research alongside experienced entomologists in CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases who are creating solutions to public health challenges, like Dengue, Zika virus, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Fellows will learn about public health entomology as a profession and learn applied entomological strategies to prevent and control vector-borne diseases. 

Timing. PHEFA fellowships will last for one year. Fellows will be able to arrange their start date with the CDC.

Location. CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in Fort Collins, Colorado; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Compensation. Fellows will be compensated as follows:

  • $28 per hour. Fellows will be expected to work 40 hours each week for 52 weeks (excluding federal holidays);
  • Membership in ESA for three years;
  • Fellows will be provided benefits (health insurance, dental insurance, and FICA withholding).

Application requirements.

  • Be enrolled in or graduate of a Minority Serving Institution;
  • Have obtained a Bachelors or Masters degree between Spring 2021 and Summer 2024;
  • Be in academic good standing with a minimum GPA  of 2.75, or
  • Have graduated with a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstrated interest in health equity.

Applicants will also be asked to provide general information and:

  1. Confirm present or former attendance at a Minority Serving Institution 

  1. Upload a transcript for each post-secondary academic institution attended (official or unofficial) 

  2. Upload a resume or CV 

  3. Provide two reference letters. At least one of the references should address your personal characteristics and how they may impact your success in PHEFA 

In addition, applicants for the one-year fellowship will need to:

  1. Review the four CDC billets below or research area description and identify which billet they are interested in and rank your selections in the questionnaire.

Application period/deadline. The PHEFA Fellow application period will open on December 15, 2023. Applications are closed. Incomplete applications, applications without reference letters, applications with reference letters received after the due date, and late applications will not be considered.

Questions? Please review the Public Health Entomology for All FAQs. For additional questions, contact Stacie East, ESA director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, at seast@entsoc.org.

Internships for Current College Students

Apply for an Internship

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a total of six undergraduate students who have completed their junior year as PHEFA Interns in its field offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the summer of 2024. Interns will work alongside experienced entomologists in CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases who are creating solutions to public health challenges, like Dengue, Zika virus, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Consider applying for this internship even if you do not live or attend school near any of the locations, as housing will be provided at the host location. PHEFA Internships are paid, and ESA will provide one round-trip ticket to the location of the field office each intern is placed.

Timing. PHEFA internships will last 10 weeks during the summer of 2024. Interns will arrange the timing of their summer work with CDC, with consideration made to when their spring classes end and fall classes begin.

Location. Two PHEFA interns will be placed at a CDC Field Office in each of three locations: Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Internship applicants need to submit only one application to be considered for any of the locations. After initial interviews are conducted, applicants who continue in the application process will meet with a CDC representative to learn more about the individual offices and assignments.

Compensation. Interns will be compensated as follows:

  • $18 per hour. PHEFA Interns will be expected to work 40 hours each week for 10 weeks (excluding federal holidays);
  • 1 round-trip ticket to the location of the assigned field office;
  • Housing on a local college campus or a housing stipend;
  • A small stipend for meals; and
  • Membership in ESA for three years.

Application requirements. To be eligible, students must:

  • Attend a Minority Serving Institution
  • Have completed at least 3/4 of their undergraduate education
  • Demonstrate an interest in science and health equity
  • Be in academic good-standing

Applicants will be asked to:

1.  Confirm present or former attendance at a Minority Serving Institution

2.  Provide a transcript for each post-secondary academic institution attended (official or unofficial). 

3.  Upload resume or CV. 

4.  Provide two reference letters. At least one of the references should address the applicant's personal characteristics and how their characteristics may impact the applicant's success in PHEFA. 

Application period/deadline. Applications are now closed.

Questions? Please review the Public Health Entomology for All FAQs. For additional questions, contact Stacie East, ESA Director of Equity and Grants, at seast@entsoc.org.

Class of 2023

Meet the 2023 Class of Interns and Fellows

The Entomological Society of America congratulates the 2023 class of interns and fellows selected for the Public Health Entomology for All program. 

Learn about Christina Limbert, Leyham Leban, Kristen Joy Adkins, and Jamesia Henderson's experience as Public Health Entomology Interns and Fellows at the CDC.

Class of 2022

Meet the 2022 Class of Interns and Fellows

The Entomological Society of America congratulates the 2022 class of interns and fellows selected for the Public Health Entomology for All program. 

Learn about Tess Brown's experience as one of the six inaugural interns in "How a CDC Internship Set One Student's Sights on Entomology." Plus, learn about Jacoby Clark's experience as a fellow in "CDC Internship, Fellowship Program Enlightens Mentors and Mentees Alike."

Entomology and Equality

Meet Dr. Don Yee, Dr. Megan Wilkerson, Anna Briggs, MS, and Limarie Reyes-Torres. Learn about their experience with entomology and public health entomology careers.