CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. They are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.
In the Public Health Law Program (PHLP), students 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. The program features: work experience on one or more core projects with mentorship from a CDC PHLP staff attorney; exposure to a complex, government work environment and a team of public health lawyers with diverse expertise; involvement in work projects that impact the mission of PHLP and CDC; opportunities to co-author published articles and other materials; communication and mentorship with a dedicated preceptor throughout the externship experience; active participation in weekly PHLP staff meetings; and opportunities to showcase experiences in an end of externship presentation.
Full-time students can combine this placement with a placement in the CDC's Office of General Counsel if the student receives an offer from both offices.
Demonstrated interest in public health law and healthcare law, as well as governmental and municipal law.