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Virtual career fair to highlight ORISE opportunities in life, health and medical sciences

Join the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 12 to 2 p.m. ET, for a virtual career fair highlighting internship and fellowship opportunities in life, health and medical sciences at HHS and other federal agencies! The event will include a live informational presentation, and program representatives will be on hand to connect with attendees.

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The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services. Jump start your career with an opportunity at HHS through an ORISE internship or fellowship. Utilize the information on this site to familiarize yourself with the ORISE Research Participation Programs at HHS. 

From the ORISE Featurecast: Episode 31, Heart for public service: Apply for the Indian Health Service summer internship

HHS Research Participation Program


Melissa de Vera is an assistant director in the Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction Services for the Indian Health Service. The IHS is recruiting interns for its summer program. de Vera talks about the trajectory of her career and the surprising turn her life took toward environmental engineering, and what interns will do during their summer appointment. she says that while interns are classified as civil or environmental engineers, they don't have to be studying those disciplines. Rather, applicants should have a heart for public service. 

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indian and Alaska Native people. The Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction (DSFC) with IHS administers a nationwide Sanitation Facilities Construction (SFC) program that is responsible for the delivery of environmental engineering services and sanitation facilities to American Indians and Alaska Native people. 

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With the support of an assigned mentor, participants have authentic research experiences using equipment not found on most college campuses.

Our participants are excited about the educational research they are doing

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    Darcy Cherlin

    Darcy Cherlin is researching the availability of prevention and care services for viral hepatitis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in opioid treatment programs (OTPs).

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    Bryan Castro

    Watch this video profile on Bryan Castro and his experience at HHS and ORISE taken at the APHA 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston, MA.
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    Malorie Polster

    Malorie Polster supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) to promote and increase access to physical activity in communities across the United States.

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    Carol Diaz-Diaz

    From science fair to project officer of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’s (BARDA) Antiviral and Antitoxin branch, Carol Diaz-Diaz, Ph.D., helps in the fight against COVID-19, Ebola, and smallpox. 

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    Kyla Britson

    The overarching goals of Britson’s fellowship were to learn how medical countermeasures are developed and specifically how BARDA supports that process. She supported efforts within the AVAT portfolio, which allowed her to acquire a range of experiences within the field of medical countermeasure development. She has also gained experience in all stages of acquisition planning, including shadowing the technical evaluation of proposals and contract negotiations.

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    Shiraz Belblidia

    Shiraz Belblidia is an ORISE fellow in the Office of the Director at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

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    Amanda Stearns

    As a participant in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Fellowship, Amanda Stearns created social media messages designed to educate the research community about ethical research practices.

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    Sherry Mirador

    Sherry Mirador partnered with communities across the Midwest to promote preventive health care. She was a fellow with ORISE for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • I’ve had several different fellowships through ORISE and I think it’s one of the best ways to learn right out of a degree program. The emphasis is on getting a good learning experience and getting the skills needed to land a great job. You get a lot of flexibility to learn from different people and teams within an office to pick up a variety of skills and experiences.

    —Amanda Stearns
  • I always believed in preventive health care and the long-term benefits it would have in the health care field. Over the years I have become very passionate about empowering individuals through education to take control of their health by way of living a healthy lifestyle. It was only fitting that I would find myself in the public health realm of health care.

    —Sherry Mirador
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