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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

About ASPR

US, HHS, and PHS Flags The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response was created under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to lead the Nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.  ASPR focuses on preparedness planning and response; building federal emergency medical operational capabilities; countermeasures research, advance development, and procurement; and grants to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and health care systems in public health emergencies and medical disasters.  

ASPR Vision

The Nation’s health and response systems and communities will be prepared, responsive and resilient to limit the adverse health impacts of emergencies and disasters.

ASPR Mission

Lead the country in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the adverse health effects of emergencies and disasters by supporting our communities’ ability to withstand adversity, strengthening our health and response systems, and enhancing national health security.

Top Ten Reasons to Intern with ASPR

There are lots of reasons that ASPR could be the right place for you, like our commitment to service, great location, challenging work environment and learning opportunities. Check out our Top Ten Reasons to Intern with ASPR and find out if an internship with ASPR could be right for you.

10. Location, Location, Location

  • Conveniently located in the heart of Washington, D.C.
  • Metro accessible (L’Enfant Plaza and Federal Center, SW metro stops)
  • Centrally located near congressional offices and historic Washington landmarks

9. Many Ways to Gain Professional Experience

8.  Friendly Work Environment

  • Cultural events
  • Fitness activities
  • Educational lectures and seminars
  • Career enhancement and training opportunities

7.  Challenging Work

  • Learn about emerging trends in emergency preparedness; preventing, preparing for, and responding to  adverse effects of public health emergencies and disasters; medical countermeasures research, development, and acquisition; administration and more.
  • Work with public health emergency preparedness and response professionals on projects to develop operational plans and analytical products, build partnerships, procure medical countermeasures, improve communications and technology integration, provide administrative support, and advance the mission of ASPR.  

6.  Multiple Student Employment Program Options

5.  Learn from Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Leaders from our Program Offices

4.  Sense of Achievement

Serve as part of a team that is dedicated to improving public health emergency preparedness and response by:

  • Promoting resilient communities, fostering a nation able to withstand and recover from public health emergencies
  • Strengthening Federal public health and medical preparedness, response, and recovery leadership and capabilities
  • Promoting an effective medical countermeasures enterprise
  • Strengthening ASPR’s leadership role in coordinating and developing public health and medical emergency preparedness, response, and recovery policy for the Department
  • Improving the preparedness and integration of health care delivery systems
  • Improving management of the ASPR organization and investment in its people

3. Opportunities for Every Kind of Student

  • High School
  • Undergraduate (accredited institutions only)
  • Graduate  (accredited institutions only)
  • Vocational/Business School
  • Trade/Technical School
  • Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities
  • U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents

2.  Limited Federal Benefits Available to Student Interns

  • Leave accrual (annual and sick) (STEP & SCEP only)
  • Health and life Insurance (STEP & SCEP only)
  • Transit subsidies
  • Federal pay (except for SVEP and other volunteer positions)
  • Flexible work schedules,
  • Mentoring and shadowing opportunities (rotational assignments)
  • Conversion options from interns to permanent Federal employees (SCEP only)

1.  Opportunity to Support the ASPR Mission:

An internship with ASPR gives you the opportunity to work with an organzation dedicated to protecting public health and saving lives.  ASPR leads the Nation in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the adverse health effects of emergencies and disasters by supporting our communities’ ability to withstand adversity, strengthening our health and response systems, and enhancing national health security.

  • This page last reviewed: August 23, 2012