Student Workers

There are several programs where PIs can hire a student worker to work on a short-term project, or fill a specialized need on a project. Check below for options at Emory University.

Rollins Earn And Learn (REAL) is a work-study program funded by Rollins that offers eligible, full-time MPH and MSPH students valuable opportunities to earn while they learn through applied public health experiences in real-world settings.

Need to hire a graduate student for a public health or health-related project? Don’t have much in your hiring budget? What if we told you that you could hire a competent and eager RSPH student for only $6/hour? That’s right! Through The Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) Program, students are paid $12/hour and can earn up to $2,500 a semester. You pay 50% and Rollins School of Public Health pays the other 50% of the student’s salary. The Rollins Earn And Learn (REAL) Program, provides students the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom while also providing Emory partners with highly qualified and motivated employees. Students can help you with projects including needs assessment; program evaluation; training and curriculum development; health communication and campaigns; program planning, development and implementation; survey design; community development; research and analysis; policy development and more. Come learn more about this one-of-a-kind cost-sharing student work program.

Learn more on the REAL website.

Looking a well-trained research assistant but don’t have time to interview or have limited funds? Look no further than the AFLOAT (Utilizing Undergraduate and Graduate Interns As Clinical Research FLOating AssisTants) program; designed specifically to support PIs and keep them afloat!

AFLOAT formalizes the training process for research assistants and creates a research assistant pool of interns from the undergraduate and graduate body of students at Emory University and makes them available for hire for short term projects. This program is specifically tailored to assist faculty who have limited funding, need short-term research assistance, or have a long-term need that is not substantial enough to warrant hiring a fulltime coordinator. Interns benefit by gaining a skill set that makes them more marketable if they chose to engage in a clinical research career and providing them with an opportunity to engage with faculty as they determine their career paths. Both researchers and interns benefit because interns will have increased confidence and competency.

Intern availability is limited and is on a first come first serve basis for PIs. PIs are responsible for the portion 30% portion of salary for students hired through the Federal Work Study (FWS) program or 100% of the salary if not in the FWS program. A very limited number of volunteers are also available. Interns are available in August, January, and May of each calendar year. The first cohort of interns will be available in January 2018. To request an intern, please send the following information to Margret Kamel,

  • PI Name
  • PI Division
  • Duration intern needed (should not exceed 6 months; if needed for more than 6 months, indicate how long)
  • Additional requirements (ex. Graduate level, health science major, data entry skill, etc) you may have

For additional information, please contact the AFLOAT liaison, Margret Kamel,