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External Engagement Fellowship



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

200 Independence Avenue S.W.

Washington DC 20201

The Opportunity

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Washington, DC.

The fellow will work with the director of external engagement to develop strategies for the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) in partnership with the Office of Minority Health (OMH) related to community engagement and stakeholder relationship building.  Activities include building partnerships based with organizations including but not limited to healthcare providers, faith, civic, communities of color, LGBT and communities of colors.

The Projects You’ll Work On

  • Create and manage public health campaigns relevant to constituency groups of the OSG.
  • Provide support for staffing the Division of External Engagement and will be tasked with serving as a liaison between the OSG, OMH and OWH to collaborative on national initiatives.
  • Assist in the oversight and management of the National Prevention Strategy on behalf of the OSG. Will work directly with the Director of External Engagement, he/she will support the advancement of the goals of the National Prevention Council as well as the appointed Advisory group. 
  • Staff quarterly meetings, support the development of strategy webinars, develop health equity integration plans for the council and work closely with the CDC office of National Prevention Strategy.
  • Research trends in health equity and community prevention strategies to address the following OSG priority areas: healthy eating, active living, violence prevention, emotional well-being (mental health)


  • A Master’s degree in public health, social work, health promotion, health policy, health communication or a related field received within the last five years.
    • Students currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university in the aforementioned fields are also encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of research design and evaluation is desired.

How to Apply

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume and statement of interest to the attention of Please reference DHHS-OASH-2014-0119 in all communications.

The Fine Print

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