Veterinary Public Health Organization Club


4th Year Externships and Summer Internships

AVMA Governmental Relations Division -4th Year Externship only

Four-week program in Washington D.C. that introduces externs to the breadth of public policy issues facing the profession and provides hands-on lobbying experience with legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill.

Application due in October, and stipend of $1200. Email Stephanie Fisher (

CDC (Epidemiology Elective) -4th Year Externship only

6-8 week program that gives senior medical and veterinary students an introduction to preventive medicine, public health, and the principles of applied epidemiology.

Application due March 30 for fall semester and May 30 for spring semester (opens January 15), housing not provided but living expenses related to field servies is provided. Email for more information

CDC (Hubert Global Health Fellowship) -4th Year Externship only

6-12 week program that provides medical and veterinary students with a population health experience in an international setting. Participants learn through hands-on experience working on a priority health problem in a developing country, and are mentored by experienced CDC staff.

Application open January 26 - February 20, up to $400 expenses paid, but doesn't cover international travel. Please email

CDC (James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship) -Summer Internship only

Funded, 9 week summer program in Atlanta, GA or Baltimore, MD providing educational and professional development opportunities for fellows interested in infectious diseases research and health disparities.

Application due in late January via website, housing is provided for out-of-state fellows. Please email

California Dept. of Public Health - Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

Variable length-program in Sacramento, CA assisting with surveillance and regulatory work for the Veterinary Public Health Section. The main areas of focus are rabies surveillance and wild animal importation.

Housing not provided. Please email Dr. Curtis Fritz ( for more information about applying.

Conservet - Summer Internship only

2 week long, on-site workshop/course in Costa Rica intended to provide conservation-minded veterinary students with instruction in the role of veterinary medicine in current conservation issues. Course activities also include tours of a local dairy farm, pig farm, tilapia farm, and cheese factory to explore sustainable development and resource use, and to learn how to reconcile human interests with conservation efforts.

Housing provided with course fee. For more information about applying, please email Dr. Raymond Tarpley.

FDA - Summer Regulatory Research Internship Program - Summer Internship only

10 week long program in Rockville, MD, working at the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) with internationally-renowned scientists, in an environment committed to protecting human and animal health.

Housing not provided. Application posted on USAJobs website. Please email

FDA Clerkship Program -4th Year Externship only

3-6 week long program in Rockville, MD is intended to afford students an opportunity to apply their advanced backgrounds in basic and clinical science supporting CVM's regulatory review and research activities.

Application is rolling, via website. Housing is not provided. Please email Dr. Valerie Ragan ( for more information.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations - Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

2-6 month program in Rome, Italy or other country locations, that provides hands-on opportunities for students or young graduates to learn more about what FAO does.

Monthly stipend up to $700 is provided. Application is rolling, via website. Please email for more information.

FSIS - -Summer Internship only

6+ week program in variable students in which students will work directly under the supervision of a Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) acquiring knowledge of what PHV's do throughout the Agency. Students will learn what our in-plant PHV's do to ensure the meat and poultry products that reach the consuming public are safe, wholesome and correctly labeled.

Housing is provided, application posted on USAJobs website

LA County Public Health - Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

2+ week (average, 1 month) program in Los Angeles, CA that provides an opportunity for veterinary students to explore a career in public health in the 21st century through its public health externship. The externship provides the individual with “hands on” experience working in a large metropolitan health department and experiencing some of the problems encountered.

Housing is not provided. Application is rolling, via website. Please email Dr. Karen Ehnert for more information.

Ministry of Health, Region de los Rios, Chile -4th Year Externship only

3-4 week externship in Valdivia, Chile. This international veterinary public health externship has spots available for up to 4 students. Emphasis on food safety, zoonosis control, and environmental health.

The application is emailed to the 3rd year class in the fall. Housing is covered with a $5-- travel stipend. Email Dr. Randy Singer ( for more info.

NIH Summer Internship Program -Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

8+ week summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Application is on their website, from mid November through March. Stipend is provided, with varying amount.

OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) - Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

1-6 month opportunities in Scientific/Technical Development, International Trade, Animal Health Information, and Regional Activities departments in Paris, France, or other country locations.

Application is rolling, via website. Housing is not provided. Email for more info.

Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) -4th Year Externship only

The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) is a special unit within the College of Veterinary Medicine. SCWDS welcomes participation from junior or senior veterinary students from all accredited veterinary colleges in the form of an externship program. It is a 3-12 week program in Athens, GA.

Application is rolling, and sent to Dr. Hernandez. Housing is not provided. Email Dr. Sonia Hernandez (

Silent Heroes Foundation -4th Year Externship only

Silent Heroes Foundation helps facilitate externships at several of our supported projects for veterinary students around the world. Experiences include public health projects in Africa or other places, with variable time commitments.

Housing is not specified. Application is rolling, sent to Dr. Adams. Please email Dr. Hayley Adams (

USAID Global Health Fellows Program - Summer Internship only

GHFP-II interns work in a variety of global health technical areas ranging from maternal and child health to nutrition to HIV/AIDS, gaining valuable experience in global health development. Each intern has a specific scope of work and placement site within USAID or with one of its implementing partners. Commitment is approximately 12 weeks in variable locations.

Housing is not provided. And application is on the website, due in January. Email

USDA-APHIS (California) -Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

Disease surveillance of livestock, combination of field and office activities. Varible time commitment in Redding, Sacramento, Modesto, and other locations in CA.

Housing is not provided. Email Dr. David Ewey ( for the application and more info.

USDA-APHIS (national) - Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

The focus of the learning opportunities is to provide veterinary students with hands-on experience in public veterinary practice through externships. Time commitment is 2-4 weeks in multiple locations nationally.

Housing is not provided and application is rolling. Email Dr. Linda Detwiler ( for applying.

USDA-APHIS (One Health Coordinating Center) - Summer Internship only

Students will support the OHCC on issues related to the following: Zoonotic Diseases, Food Safety, Antimicrobial Resistance, and Global Health Security in this 3+ week program in Riverdale, MD, Atlanta, GA, Fort Collins, CO, or Minneapolis, MN.

Housing is not provided. Details on website. Apply via Dr. Linda Detwiler (

World Health Organization -Both 4th Year Externship and Summer Internship

6+ week experience in Geneva, Switzerland in event-based surveillance for zoonotic diseases, disease tracking at the human-animal interface, and joint risk assessment. Most projects are focused on influenza.

Housing is not provided. Application is rolling, online through WHO website. Also contact Dr. Elizabeth Mumford ( directly.

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