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Now Accepting Applications for the Summer 2024 Internship Program

We are currently accepting applications from undergraduate students from underrepresented group and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to diversity with interests in the population, health, and spatial sciences for research internships during Summer 2024. The internship program provides a research and professional development experience for undergraduate students interested in population-focused graduate training and careers. Interns will be expected to work full time (35 hours/week) from Monday, May 20 to Friday, July 12 (8 weeks). Faculty may, at their discretion, choose to offer additional paid work beyond the formal program end date. We expect that this summer’s internship experience will be primarily in-person, although some projects may have opportunities for hybrid work. All interns will be provided with office space at CPC.

CPC interns will work with faculty and staff on one specific Center-based research project (options for 2024 are described below). Applicants should indicate in their application the project(s) to which they are applying and how that project relates to their interests.

Read a profile of the Summer 2023 interns in Endeavors to learn more about their accomplishments.

CPC Summer Interns, 2023



Applicants to the Summer Undergraduate Internship Program must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • Undergraduate students with junior or senior academic standing in Fall 2024
  • From a group that is underrepresented (underrepresented minorities and/or first-generation college students) in the social, spatial, and/or health sciences, and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Strong academic record; minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours in basic statistics (excluding AP credit)
  • Serious intent to pursue graduate (as opposed to professional) studies

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following items through the online portal by February 21, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

  • Transcripts from all colleges attended (unofficial and scanned copies will be accepted)
  • A statement (2 pages maximum) describing the following:
    • Reasons for your interest in the summer internship program at CPC
    • Your eligibility
    • Your post-graduation plans
    • Your first, second, and third project choices from the list above, the reasons why you are interested in each, and relevant skills.
  • Current resume or CV
  • One letter of recommendation from a UNC faculty member who is familiar with your academic work. This letter should be sent directly Abigail Haydon ( via email by February 21th, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT)


For questions about the program or the application process, please contact Abigail Haydon, Training Program Manager.


Since 2003, 82 intern alums have participated in the program. Of the 82, 14 are currently enrolled in graduate programs; 3 are in masters programs; 8 are in doctoral programs (UNC-CH; UNC-CH School of Pharmacy; Harvard University; Howard University); 1 is in dentistry school; and two are in medical school. Thirty six have completed graduate work (23 masters [primarily terminal degrees]); 3 JDs; 2 MDs; and 8 PhDs – [2 are now assistant professors (UNC-CH and the University of Rochester); one recently deceased alumna served as an assistant professor at the Univ of Oregon]).