Public Health Partnership and Innovation Fellowship

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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An ORISE Fellowship opportunity is available with the Office of Innovation, Development, Evaluation, and Analytics (IDEA), Division of Global Migration & Quarantine (DGMQ) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA.

IDEA’s mission is to deliver insights, connections, and solutions to support DGMQ by leveraging an agile team with focused resources and specialized skillsets in analytics, partnership development, evaluation, and innovation.

Duration and timeline:

This is a one-year opportunity that may be renewed for an additional year upon recommendation of CDC and contingent on the availability of funds. This is a full-time position. Start date is flexible but no later than June 30, 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities:

IDEA is seeking an ORISE fellow to receive the following training opportunities -

  • Assist IDEA Partnership Lead in developing and implementing partnership strategy
  • Assist IDEA Partnership Lead in building and strengthening relationships with state, local, and territorial health departments
  • Support IDEA Partnership Lead managing COVID-19 funding for state, local, and territorial health departments
  • Under direction of IDEA Team, communicate policy and operational changes and share technical assistance with health departments in timely fashion
  • Assist IDEA Team in creating and implementing new innovation incubator program.
  • Support outreach activities to identify public health challenges and establish reliable sources of potential solutions
  • Coordinate and assist with ideation activities (e.g. facilitate brainstorming sessions, evaluate ideas for further refinement, etc.) to source information and requirements for incubator portfolio projects
  • Collaborate closely with internal and external stakeholders across multiple subject matter areas
  • Assist with writing and reviewing programmatic materials such as key messages, project overviews, presentations, reports, publications, and other documents.
  • Help prepare creative cutting-edge proposals for projects to expand the division’s work around infectious disease and globally mobile populations.


  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in public health, communication, partnership development, or a related field received within the last five years required.
  • Previous experience with state, local, and/or territorial health departments
  • Previous experience with project management and partnership development
  • Knowledge of design thinking frameworks
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to contribute to multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience writing reports and presentations.
  • Proven ability to be a vital and active member of a team within a flexible and collaborative environment

As other similar opportunities arise, the fellow will be provided those as well.

Application Procedure:

Send current resume to by March 1, 2021. Subject heading should be ORISE Fellow Resume – IDEA Partnership and Innovation. Please attach a resume which includes information about academic history, employment history, and relevant experiences. Please provide contact information for two educational or professional references, along with a writing sample.

Organizational Description:

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the US Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC, contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

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