CDC Health Communications Research & Evaluation Internship
*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
CDC Office and Location: 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.
Research Project: 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.
- Learn about immunization and vaccine issues through attending advisory committee meetings, relevant conferences, presentations, and staff meetings
- Develop and conduct audience research to better understand vaccine knowledge, attitudes, and practices throughout the lifespan
- 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
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Nakia Jester (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: 2022. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
ORISE Information: This 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).