Communications Fellowships

National Cancer Institute – Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Rockville, Maryland

Date PostedFebruary 04, 2019
Job StatusFull-time

The National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) aims to reduce cancer risk, incidence, and death and to enhance cancer survivors’ quality of life by supporting innovative research and recommending ways to apply that research.

Three DCCPS programs are seeking people with experience in journalism, communications, and relevant fields to help share their findings, funding opportunities, and more as Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellows. Candidates are not required to have a background in science or public health.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (vary slightly by program)

  • Writing and editing content for social media, fact sheets, research briefs, web pages, newsletters, meeting documents, eblasts, informational videos, and more
  • Using these channels to promote staff research publications, funding opportunities, events, projects, and other initiatives
  • Designing infographics, flyers, and other visual elements
  • Developing and implementing a digital communication strategy for the program
  • Analyzing and evaluating metrics around digital efforts
  • Creating presentations and informing content for digital platforms
  • Coordinating webinars, scientific conferences, and special events
  • Serving as project manager on various scientific workgroups, meetings, events, and projects

Qualifications (vary slightly by program)

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in journalism, communications, public health, behavioral science, public administration, or a related field
  • Strong interest in cancer prevention and control
  • Work experience in writing/editing, strategic communication, and/or social media
  • Design, analytics, and/or data management experience is a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and in teams
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience managing multiple projects.

Note: In order to qualify for the position, the candidate must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien, or have an I-551 stamp in their passport. Individuals with Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) do not meet eligibility criteria.

Stipend and Benefits

These are one-year, full-time fellowships with possibility for renewal. Stipends are adjusted yearly and are commensurate with academic achievement and relevant experience; learn more at Benefits include health insurance at no cost, commuter benefits (transit stipend or free parking), and a wide range of career development opportunities.

All three positions are in Rockville, Maryland, an easy commute from Washington, D.C., in a bright office building with a well-stocked cafeteria, a well-equipped gym, frequent shuttles to two Red Line metro stops, and LEED certification (we compost!).


For more information, including how to apply, see each program’s listing:

The Behavioral Research Program’s research areas include cancer-related health behaviors (diet, exercise, sun protection) and the biological and psychological processes behind them; tobacco control; and health communication.

Implementation Science studies methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies into routine health care and public health settings to improve population health.

The Surveillance Research Program directs the collection and analysis of cancer surveillance data and uses several types of media to report these data to researchers, policy makers, the cancer surveillance community, and the general public.

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