Rollins Earn And Learn (REAL)

Spring 2020 COVID-19 REAL Program Updates 

  • Updates for students are being posted in the REAL 2019-2020 Canvas Course
  • REAL differs from Federal Work Study and RSPH students are able to participate in remote work with the permission of their supervisor
  • While working remotely, please maintain or enhance your current communication and accountability practices with your REAL supervisor/student. Consider short, virtual check-ins via phone or supported technology during social distancing or when work-sites are closed.
  • Please maintain your health and the health of your colleagues and work-site.
  • The last day for students to work in REAL positions is May 9.

Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) is a signature program funded by Rollins that offers full-time MPH/MSPH students valuable opportunities to earn while they learn through applied public health experiences in real-world settings. Beyond the direct work experience, it is an opportunity for students to be mentored by public health professionals.

Students have the opportunity to earn up to $2,500 per semester at federal, state, and other government agencies, as well as Emory-affiliated programs, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations throughout Atlanta.

More than 50% of Rollins’ full-time MSPH/MPH students receive the award for the academic year, with 96% of those students gaining employment upon graduation. The experiences provided through REAL often fulfill Applied Practice Experience (APE) requirements, lead to thesis opportunities, and provide an enriching experience for both employers and students.

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REAL Program Staff

Heather ZesigerHeather Zesiger, PhD
Senior Director, Student Engagement
Lisa ParkerLisa V. Parker 
Rollins Earn and Learn Program Manager
Vicky Liu
Vicky Liu
Rollins Earn and Learn Program Student Assistant