CDC Global Health Protection Communications Fellowship

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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How to Apply

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A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Application Deadline
9/9/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A fellowship is available within the Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP) of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

The Division of Global Health Protection works to protect Americans from dangerous health threats around the world by collaborating with countries and partners to develop public health systems and workforce, improve technical capacity, conduct applied research and respond during times of crisis.

Research Project: This appointment is with the DGHP Communication team in the Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Communications. The DGHP Communication team provides guidance and support for planning, creating, managing, and evaluating multifaceted public health communication activities, products, and campaigns both internal and external to the division.

Throughout the course of this fellowship, the participant will be appointed as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and obtain advanced experiential learning in the planning, development, and evaluation of various communication activities and materials for DGHP.

Learning Objectives: The primary functions will include:

  1. Supporting activities that advance the work of the Division and Center
  2. Contributing to the development of communication materials for programs, country offices, awareness events, and campaigns
  3. Participating in evaluation of communication products and processes to identify best practices and improvements in communicating with various intended audiences and to enhance messaging from the Division.

The participant will also receive training and mentorship in plain language writing to communicate scientific information to non-technical audiences, message development for a variety of communication channels (social media, web, reports, etc.), providing communication technical assistance to DGHP staff, performance management and evaluation, and implementation across a wide range of global health security issues.

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Laura Pechta ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 15, 2022.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by the end of August 2022. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Strong research skills
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Detail oriented with significant emphasis on the quality of work
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop, foster and maintain cooperative relations
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Prior experience in the fields of global health or health communications
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 8/31/2022 11:59:00 PM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (3 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 )

I certify that I have not previously been employed by CDC or by a contractor working directly for CDC.  I understand that CDC does not permit individuals with a prior employment relationship with CDC or its contractors to participate as trainees in the ORISE program. (Exceptions may be granted for individuals who, since the previous CDC employment, have obtained a new STEM degree which necessitates training in a new field.)