Who partners with REAL?

  • For-profit organizations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Federal, state, county, and other government agencies
  • Emory University
  • Emory Healthcare
  • Emory-affiliated programs
  • Alumni in all sectors

Hiring a student

The Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) program gives students the opportunity to explore public health professions; make their educational experience more meaningful; and prepare them for a successful career while partnering with local, national, and global public health institutions. As a REAL partner, you are in the unique position to mentor and train future leaders of public health.

Students can earn up to $2,500 per semester during the academic year. The salary is split between Emory University and your organization 50/50, so the most you are responsible for under the program is $1,250 per semester.

REAL Partner Training

To ensure the student hiring process is smooth, the REAL program offers in-person, step-by-step partner trainings. Contact for dates and times.

For detailed information about the program see our REAL Partner Guidebook.

For interview tips, click here.


For questions regarding REAL program organization and logistics, posting a position, and invoicing, please contact the REAL Program Manager, Lisa Parker, at

Potential REAL partners should send their documentation for review to Heather Zesiger, PhD, at

For questions relating to Human Resources and the KRONOS timekeeping system, please contact Tax, W-2, and direct deposit questions can be directed to Emory Payroll: 404-727-6100.