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Research Opportunity Description

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Disease (DFWED) within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DFWED’s mission is to improve public health nationally and internationally through the prevention and control of disease, disability and death caused by foodborne, waterborne and environmentally transmitted infections. Under the guidance of the Director of Strategic Communications and the communications team, the selected participant will help develop a Division-level media and communication strategy, including an evaluation plan. Specific opportunities may include:

  • Tracking, organizing and responding to all media requests for DFWED
  • Developing materials to support media outreach; coordinating media events; and responding to routine and crisis-driven inquiries
  • Conducting communications data tracking and developing reports that document their reach from press releases and other media outreach
  • Translating scientific language for various audiences, especially political audiences; and writing press releases and content for the web, including social media channels
  • Researching journalists, outlets and social media conversations prior to interviews
  • Looking for, and pitching, pro-active opportunities to further DFWED messages with traditional and social media, and with partners
  • Building relationships with individuals and groups via Twitter, email and other platforms
  • Consulting with DFWED staff and helping craft strategic messages that resonate with media for specific initiatives and campaigns

The Research Participation Program for CDC is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.