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CDC Health Communications Research & Evaluation Internship

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available with the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) 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.

Throughout the course of this research project, the participant will receive training in the NCIRD Health Communication Science Office with activities such as:

  • Contributing to needs assessments and literature reviews for target audiences
  • Participating in the identification of gaps in existing materials and channels that reach target audiences
  • Designing and developing qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation protocols and data collection instruments
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Developing and/or editing messages and materials to address needs of specific populations based on these findings
  • Developing presentations and manuscripts to present findings to internal and external stakeholders
  • Learning about immunization and vaccine issues through attending advisory committee meetings, relevant conferences, presentations, and staff meetings

The participant will also participate in communication activities to educate and inform audiences about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases across the lifespan, as well as non-vaccine preventable diseases within the scope of the Center’s mission.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 2021; start date is flexible

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code (CDC-NCIRD-2021-0194) for this opportunity in your email.