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CDC CLOSH Student Internship in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and LocationTwo research opportunities are available at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio, or Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Research Project: This research project involves assessing the potential occupational hazard or safety of engineered nanomaterials. The selected participant will train with NIOSH statisticians and toxicologists to learn statistical methods, tools, and platforms for compiling large databases and assessing data quality for use in quantitative risk assessment. Data may be from studies in toxicology, epidemiology, and/or material science of engineered nanomaterials. 

Learning Objectives: The participant will have opportunities to learn about data analysis tools and software for analyzing and visualizing data, statistical modeling methods, and presenting findings to fellow students and NIOSH researchers.

Mentor(s)The mentor(s) for this opportunity is Jay Vietas ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 2022.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for three months in the summer, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.