PHE Recruitment

Peer Health Education Intern Position

Characteristics | Benefits | About the Work | Requirements | Qualifications
 

Desirable PHE intern characteristics

Open-minded

Good communicator

Dedicated

Self-motivated

Team player

Nonjudgmental

Creative

Supportive

Self-aware

Benefits of becoming a PHE intern

  • Earn 3 credits each semester

  • Gain leadership experience

  • Learn about and contribute to the health and well-being of the UMass community

  • Become a skilled facilitator

  • Build relationships with professional staff

THE WORK

Group Facilitation: participate in a variety of wellness outreach opportunities with various departments, student groups, and subpopulations on campus. Initiatives include a wellness series that involves co-facilitating sessions for groups (e.g. goalsetting, mindfulness, etc.). The focus of your work as an intern will be on group facilitation with your peers using various skills (e.g. coaching, motivational interviewing, strengths-based, etc.).

Peer Wellness Coaching: become trained to help students reach their wellness goals. Engage students in building increased capacity for wellness through active listening, rapport building, and goal setting. You will provide personalized guidance to students and share campus resources for making healthy choices.  Coaching skills will be used in a variety of settings, including group facilitation, outreach opportunities, and 1:1 sessions. Click here to learn more about the 1:1 peer wellness coaching.

Paws Program Events: assist with four campus-wide stress reduction events featuring therapy dogs. Click here to learn more about the Paws Program.
 

RECRUITMENT

Requirements

  • Available Fridays, 10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. for both fall and spring semesters
  • Available for two weekend day retreats in September/October from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (dates TBD)
  • Two-semester commitment
  • 9-10 hours/week, which includes Friday meetings and retreats
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working as a peer educator
  • Experience working with diverse groups
  • Completion of Education 210 and/or 202 (or equivalent core concepts)
  • Completion of Public Health 160
  • Experience with group facilitation and/or public speaking
  • Working knowledge of wellness dimensions and/or health topics
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Experience with advocacy work
  • Connections to the campus community (e.g. RSO, Residence Life, etc.)
     

WANT TO APPLY TO BE A PEER HEALTH EDUCATOR?

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 academic year will begin mid-spring 2020. Please check back then for more information and updates.

Please note, all Center for Health Promotion (CHP) staff and interns are Title IX responsible.  Click here to learn more.  CHP staff and interns are also responsible for reporting student disclosures of potential harm to self and/or others.
 

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@UMassPHE

 

Questions? Email phe@umass.edu