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. 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.

Interested in becoming a REAL partner?

Provide us with a short description of your organization’s mission, target clients, and a description of the student opportunity.

  • Non-profits: Provide a copy of your 501(c) 3 documents that substantiates your non-profit status. (Not needed for government agencies)
  • For profits: Provide a copy of your Federal Tax ID number and include supporting financial documentation.

If approved as a REAL partner, we will send you a Memorandum of Understanding for review/signature, and next steps about the hiring process.

Who partners with REAL?

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

REAL Employer Training 

To ensure the student hiring process is smooth and painless, the REAL program offers in-person, step-by-step employer trainings at Rollins at the beginning of June. Please check back later for more information on dates and times.

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


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

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