If you are a student interested in finding a volunteer opportunity, you may be eligible for a voluntary position through the Student Work Experience Program (SWEP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Student Worksite Experience Program (SWEP) offers volunteer opportunities at CDC for current high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Below you will find information for students interested in a volunteer placement and universities interested in establishing an agreement with CDC.
At a minimum, students interested in SWEP must:
- Provide written permission from your school
- Are a current student with at least half-time enrollment
- Maintain good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)
- Are 16 years of age or older
- Provide work permit if 17 years old and under
- Provide parent/guardian consent if in high school and 18 years old and under
- Pass a background investigation
- Meet VISA requirements for non-citizens
- Complete health and safety testing (e.g., TB, Hepatitis) because of potential exposure, if required by the hosting office, and
- Meet other qualifications specified by the hosting office
If you are interested in obtaining a volunteer position through the SWEP program at the CDC, you should:
- Complete the Student Volunteer Interest form
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- Email the completed Student Volunteer Interest Form and your resume, to HRCS@cdc.gov.
- Once CDC program placement is identified, you will be contacted by HR and receive the Student Volunteer Service Agreement form to fill out Part B. You will need to verify that the CDC program supervisor and your school complete the appropriate sections, and email the completed form to HRCS@cdc.gov.
- When you are chosen for a student volunteer placement, the CDC program will contact you to begin onboarding procedures.
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available, from administrative and program support, to research- related projects. Additionally:
- Students can earn academic credit for work assignments (at the school’s discretion). All arrangements regarding obtaining academic credit for your volunteer position must be made with your university.
- Students may volunteer for a maximum of 180 days per calendar year; during the academic school year and/or summer months.
- Students earning academic credit may be approved to participate for up to one full year to complete educational requirements.
- All applicants must pass a background investigation by the CDC security office.
- Applicants NOT born U.S. Citizens, or who later became citizens must provide proof of U.S. citizenship. Applicants must provide a copy of their Naturalization Certificate passport, visa, or green card/ permanent resident card. Applicants born abroad as U.S. Citizens (military related) must provide a copy of the birth certificate.
- International students attending accredited schools in the U.S. are eligible to participate with valid proof of Lawful Permanent Residency (LPR) status, or a student visa approved by the school.
- Students attending foreign schools are NOT eligible to participate in SWEP.
If you are a university with students who may be interested in finding a volunteer opportunity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), voluntary positions may be available through the Student Work Experience Program (SWEP). In order for students at your university to participate in SWEP, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is required between your school and CDC. If your university already has an MOU established with CDC, HR may send out announcements regarding open volunteer positions and/or distribute information to university career development/services. For information on how to establish an MOU, contact Human Resources at HRCS@cdc.gov or 770-488-1725.