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APHL Announces Launch of New Public Health Laboratory Internship Program

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For Immediate Release

Silver Spring, MD, March 27, 2023 – The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is excited to announce that the newly launched Public Health Laboratory Internship Program: An APHL-CDC Initiative is open for applications. Funded by the American Rescue Plan through CDC, the Public Health Laboratory Internship Program offers paid internships to train and prepare students for careers in public health laboratories. The internship program is part of Career Pathways in Public Health Laboratory Science, an initiative dedicated to increasing and strengthening the nation’s public health laboratory workforce.

The Public Health Laboratory Internship Program will provide basic laboratory science skills to participants while they work alongside a mentor on projects that are only available in a public health laboratory setting. Interns will work on meaningful projects such as detecting genetic disorders in newborn babies, monitoring drinking water for harmful contaminants, tracking viruses carried by insects, testing soil for environmental toxins and more. The program is open to active certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s students.

“We are excited about this new aspect of our partnership with CDC to introduce more students to the wide range of career possibilities at public health laboratories,” said Scott J. Becker, chief executive officer, APHL. “This new internship program is offering more opportunities to be involved in public health earlier in a student’s higher education thus ensuring everyone has a chance to make a real impact in their community.”

Applications are now being accepted and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants will be matched with a mentor at a host laboratory in their desired location. For complete information about the program, visit

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The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the U.S. and globally. APHL’s member laboratories protect the public’s health by monitoring and detecting infectious and foodborne diseases, environmental contaminants, terrorist agents, genetic disorders in newborns and other diverse health threats. Learn more at

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