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Internship Program at the Division of Laboratory Services in Nashville

The Division of Laboratory Services (DLS) in Nashville would like to extend an opportunity to MPH students at the University of Memphis to participate in a two year internship in Nashville. (Click Here for more information)  This internship will ground the student’s perceptions of the role of the State Public Health Laboratory to the realities of state and national policy and reinforcement of concepts learned in classes at the University of Memphis.  Students will rotate through most sections of the laboratory to gain a deep understanding of analytic methods used in the public health laboratory.  Students will also be involved in projects to validate new testing, perform QA/QC and interact with managers and supervisors to learn managerial skills.  The intern would have the opportunity to perform their thesis research with doctoral level scientists at the Division of Laboratory Services or perform the internship after completion of the MPH program in Memphis. 


Two years of experience on clinical specimens and an appropriate educational background qualifies the individual to take certification exams to become a Technical Supervisor in Public Health Microbiology through the American Board of Bioanalysis or a Technologist in Microbiology through the American Society of Clinical Pathology.  These certifications would place the intern on track to become a supervisor in a public health laboratory setting. 


The DLS will open this opportunity to 1-2 qualified students per year.  The intern will be a paid employee of DLS with full state benefits.  To apply for this fellowship, the MPH student must have a strong biology and chemistry background at the bachelors and/or masters degree level.  Candidates must apply through the Tennessee State Employment Registry and submit an application packet to the School of Public Health Microbiology located on the campus of the Division of Laboratory Services in Nashville.  Candidates will be selected based on educational background, meeting state registry requirements and information contained in the School of Public Health Microbiology application packet.  For further inquiries, contact:


Dr. Brock Neil, Ph.D.

Division of Laboratory Services

630 Hart Lane

Nashville, TN  37243


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