Are you interested or curious about entomology? Do you want to explore the intersection of entomology and health equity? 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? As an intern you will help find solutions to diseases such as dengue, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and malaria.
If this sounds like something you would like to explore, then you should consider applying 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.
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 (read more about the partnership here).
PHEFA Internships 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.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a total of six PHEFA Interns in its field offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the summer of 2022. 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 2022. 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.
Application period/deadline. The application period will open on December 15, 2021. Complete applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET, January 17, 2022. Incomplete applications, applications without reference letters, applications with reference letters received after the due date, and late applications will not be considered. Sign up to be notified when ESA will host webinars about the internships.
For more information and to apply, click here!