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CDC Overdose Prevention Communication Fellowship

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A learning opportunity is currently available with the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Selected candidates must either live within a 50 mile radius of CDC facilities in Atlanta, Georgia, or be able to relocate before the start of the appointment.

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 train under the direction of a mentor who is the team lead for the DOP Education, Campaigns, and Implementation Team and will collaborate with CDC communications, policy, programmatic, and scientific staff. Under the ORISE Fellowship program, the ORISE fellow will have the opportunity to learn about and evaluate messages, resources, tools and communication best practices and strategies for preventing opioid overdoses.

Learning Objectives: The fellow will have the opportunity to train in four or more of the following, depending on the specific skill set and interests of the selected candidate:

  • Translating scientific content for public health use and application (e.g., distillation of content, application of plain language, etc.)
  • Developing promotions of publications and scientific releases, consulting with CDC subject matter experts
  • Facilitating data dissemination; developing and efficiently using graphics, maps, plots, tables, and charts
  • Developing responses to external CDC and HHS inquiries and status requests
  • Developing and updating prepared responses and FAQs for the Division
  • Collecting and analyzing metrics for web pages, podcasts, blogs, infographics, Adobe Campaigns to assess health impact, usability, and accessibility of communications products
  • Conducting forecasting portal monitoring, SharePoint and OneNote management, and exhibiting/conference scheduling and planning
  • Developing, implementing, and learning how to manage national communication and marketing programs, projects and initiatives for various audiences
  • Planning, applying, and evaluating various communication science and marketing techniques to achieve optimal program results and promote positive health outcomes
  • Contributing to the preparation of written documents that reflect a thorough knowledge of complex public health issues and appropriate health communication, health promotion, and marketing intervention strategies

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

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: 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 and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).

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. Visit for further information. 

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 have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Public Health, Health Communication, Marketing). Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

  • Interest and experience in communication, social media, technical assistance, product development, and project management, preferably in the public health field.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite and project management tools.
  • Experience or knowledge interpreting and summarizing scientific data.
  • Experience with web content development and understanding of metrics, trends/developments and uses.
  • Experience in managing, planning, organizing, and directing multiple, complex processes across multiple teams.
  • Experience in demonstrating critical thinking, analyzing situations and data, and problem solving.
  • Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff.
  • Experience or knowledge with drug overdose prevention and research, preferred but not required.