Call for Summer Internship Proposals is
CLOSED for 2023

Application Deadline:
Friday, March 10, 2023
by 11:59 pm PST

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Proposals are invited for summer internship opportunities that are consistent with the CoE mission and should address themes relevant for public-health policy. Proposals for this award type must involve undergraduate summer internships that offer opportunities for practical training and experience in public-health entomology or related fields. Proposed internships should address one or more of the research priorities identified by CDC (see Appendix).

Typically, undergraduate interns gain experience through summer work with a partner mosquito/vector control or public health agency, followed by on-campus experience in laboratory methods, data analysis and scientific writing that is directed by the project mentor. Ideally, projects would culminate in networking opportunities and a presentation of results at a state or regional vector control or public health meeting.

These internships are intended to provide career development opportunities for individuals interested in public-health-relevant research on vector-borne diseases. Consistent with CDC’s commitment to build an inclusive STEM workforce, efforts should also be described in the proposal for ensuring that the program reaches the most diverse student audience possible, including efforts to involve under-represented populations.

Preference will be given to projects that involve the following: (1) collaboration with public health or vector control agencies, and (2) matching funds from collaborating agencies or the investigators’ institution.

Award Amount

Project budgets are limited to $1,500 per application. Awards are intended to support internships that can be completed during a project period of one year between 5/1/2023 – 4/30/2024. PacVec expects to fund up to eight awards for the next cycle. Carryforward of funds is not permitted beyond the funding period. There is a limit of two internship proposals per faculty mentor, per year.


Proposals are invited from mentors at any of the following collaborating institutions within PacVec:

  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Riverside
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Arizona
  • Translational Genomics Research Institute
  • The University of Utah

All investigators with a faculty title at the institutions above are eligible to apply as a mentor for these internships.

Budget Restrictions

Funding must be used exclusively to support the intern(s). Examples of allowable expenses include salary and benefits for undergraduate interns, research supplies, or related travel. The budget must include travel funds or clearly identified matching funds that will enable the intern to attend a state or regional meeting to network and present their results. No subcontracts allowed.

Indirect Costs

These small grants are supported through federal flow-through funds from CDC. If your institution requires budgeting for indirect costs, they must be included within the annual limit of $1,500/year.


A final report will be due 60 days after the end of the project period.

Application Requirements

To apply, please fill out this form and submit completed proposals by email to Download the 2023 call to learn about application requirements.

Questions may be sent to the same email address or you may call CoE administrator Celia Chen at +1 530 754 1838.

The Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases is supported through Cooperative Agreement Number 1U01CK000649 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of California, Davis.

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