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Social Media Fellowship



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

200 Independence Avenue S.W.

Washington DC 20201

The Opportunity

Are you a passionate and driven health communicator who has experience sharing important health messages through today’s digital tools (think social media, Web sites, blog platforms)? Do you want to be part of a high-visibility, high-impact, high-reward government team?

Here’s your chance to apply for a unique one-year (with possible extension) fellowship that works right alongside the communications team in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), which includes working with the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office.

That means you get to work on a variety of health communications projects across twelve core public health offices in government. Part of your role will include communicating the best available scientific information in ways that will help improve the personal and public health of Americans. That means meeting the public where they are—including on social media, where you’ll help manage two Twitter accounts, one Facebook page, and an Instagram page.

But in order to do so, the OASH communications small (but mighty) team needs your help!

The Projects You’ll Work On

  • Evaluate best practices for using social media and mobile technology to extend the reach of the OASH core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General;
  • Support members of the OASH communications team in formulating social media plans that are impactful and measurable;
  • Write and edit social media content to promote public health related projects, campaigns, and activities;
  • Identify successful and creative strategies to increase the use of the OSG’s social media platforms in order to reach and engage target audiences for projects, campaigns and activities.

We’re Seeking

Someone with:

  • Experience using social media tools such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook in a professional setting;
  • A basic understanding of social media analytics. Experience with tools such as Hootsuite, Twitter Analytics, and Facebook Insights a plus;
  • An appetite and eagerness to learn about new, emerging digital platforms and tools;
  • Basic Content Management System experience (such as Drupal, Percussion, or Wordpress) OR a keen interest in learning these tools and how to make web updates;
  • An ability to story tell by connecting the dots of important public health messages in a meaningful way.

Required: An undergraduate or graduate degree in health communications, public health, or other science field that was received within the last five years. 

The Application

Apply TODAY—you know you want to. Select here to access the fellowship portal to apply and submit the following:

The Administrative Details (there are always a few!):

  • All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
  • If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

The Fine Print

This program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and HHS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of HHS 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 HHS in the Washington, DC, area. Participants do not become employees of HHS or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.