Internship for Bioinformatics at CDC

Clearance Level
Atlanta, Georgia

REQ#: RQ56791

Travel Required: None
Public Trust: NACI (T1)
Requisition Type: Regular

Internship Description (Bioinformatics)

GDIT is providing an opportunity for interns with familiarity of broad data science concepts to support our efforts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Advanced Molecular Detection (OAMD) and the agency’s efforts to modernize surveillance and diagnostics. In this role, you will focus on a project designed to add value to the existing Scientific Computing and Bioinformatics Support (SCBS) contract at the CDC. You will be a member of a diverse, talented and highly collaborative team of bioinformatics scientists, engineers, and system administrators in Atlanta. Each intern selected for the program will have an opportunity to select a project and will be assigned an SCBS team member as a mentor or coach. Each intern will be required to present a final seminar to OAMD and to any academic mentor or collaborator that the intern would like to invite. In addition to the presentation, the intern will be required to assemble a package that consists of scripts, documentation, and any other project-specific artifacts.

Key Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Create workflows for bioinformatics data visualizations using GeneFlow, an open source internally developed workflow engine for bioinformatics (
  • Possible bioinformatics tools for visualization may include but are not limited to: ETE for visualization of trees in Python, FastQC and FaQCs for sequence quality visualization, VIVA for visualization of variants, and IGV for genome visualization in JavaScript
  • Deploy these workflows to the internally developed web-based bioinformatics UI
  • Enhance the web-based bioinformatics UI with data visualization features (e.g., alignments, variants, assembly, phylogenetics, sequence quality) implemented using modern UI frameworks such as ReactJS
  • Document, test, and commit all code (workflows and UI enhancements) to a Git repository
  • Develop and deliver a presentation that summarizes the new features of the web-based bioinformatics UI and the available GeneFlow workflows that generate data visualizations

Education Requirement:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate college degree program with 2+ years completed
  • Degree program must be in bioinformatics, computer science, or a related scientific field


  • Knowledge in bioinformatics and computer science
  • Experience with the use of bioinformatics tools in a Linux environment
  • Experience with high-level scripting languages such as Python
  • Experience with presenting or creating documentation

Desired Experience and Education:

  • Enrolled in graduate program in bioinformatics, computer science, or a related scientific field
  • Experience with web-based UI development

Key Attributes:

  • Self starter
  • Passion for programming
  • Good communication skills

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.