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CDC Policy, Partnerships, and Communications Fellowship

CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is available with the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) 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: The selected participant will be trained on division policy, partnership and communication activities as they relate to violence prevention on DVP’s Policy and Partnerships Team (PPT). This team provides policy and partnership leadership to promote DVP public health violence prevention intervention strategies to maximize violence prevention programmatic efforts through synthesizing, translating, and applying policy, partnership and communication principles targeted to specific audiences including partners and policy makers. 

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be trained on general policy, partnership, and communication activities within DVP. These activities may include:

  • Legislative tracking and analysis: The participant will benefit from being trained on tracking and analyzing legislation related to violence prevention.
  • Partnership Strategy: The participant will benefit from being trained on how the Division of Violence Prevention Policy & Partnership Team develops and implements a partnership strategy for building relationships with both governmental and non-governmental partners. The participant will learn how to plan meetings, and both respond to and disseminate strategies to our partners.
  • Outreach Plan: The participant will benefit from being trained on how to develop and implement a communications and partnership outreach plan to extend and enhance continued reach of the division’s technical packages, as well as monitor uptake and impact. The participant will be trained on how to develop 1-page fact sheets for specific partners to include evidence-based strategies and interventions pulled from the technical packages.
  • Congressional Strategy: The participant will benefit from being trained on how the Division of Violence Prevention develops and implements a congressional strategy to support violence prevention. The participant will be trained on how to gather and analyze information to inform congressional engagement.
  • Public Inquiries: The participant will benefit from being trained on how the Division of Violence Prevention Policy & Partnership Team receives and responds to approximately 600 inquiries each year. The participant will be trained on how to triage, respond to, and catalog inquiries
  • Partnerships Communications: The participant will benefit from being trained on how to plan and prepare division products and publications notifications for partners, including communication plans, messages, and partner announcements.
  • Team Organization: The participant will benefit from being trained on how to contribute to keeping a team running smoothly via meeting planning, relationship building, and taking advantage of attending seminars and brown bags, and how to organize team resources. 

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

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: October 1, 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, 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 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 be currently pursuing or have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Health Education). Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Preferred Skills: 

  • Interests and experience in policy, partnerships, and communications
  • Interest and experience in addressing health inequities or health equity
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience and or training in conducing outreach or engaging partners, foundations, and nonprofits
  • Experience or training in communicating to targeted audiences