PHE Recruitment

Peer Health Education Intern Position

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The Peer Health Education program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Review this page for useful information and click the link at the bottom to fill out and submit an application.

Applications will be reviewed and potential interns will be contacted for a personal interview.




  • Available Fridays, 10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. for both fall and spring semesters while classes are in session
  • Available for two weekend day trainings in the fall (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 wellbeing and various health topics
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Experience with advocacy work
  • Connections to the campus community (e.g. RSO, Residence Life, etc.)


Desirable PHE intern characteristics


Good communicator



Team player







  • Earn 3 credits each semester (6 total)
  • 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


Group Facilitation: facilitate a variety of wellbeing sessions with various departments, student groups, and subpopulations on campus. Initiatives include a wellbeing series that involves co-facilitating sessions for groups (see descriptions of the 2020-2021 sessions below). The focus of your work as an intern will be on group co-facilitation with your peers using various skills (e.g. facilitation, strengths-based, listening, etc.).

Building connections: students share strategies they like to use when trying to connect with others, setting a goal for their future social life including first action step, identifying any fears, and identifying resources that can help.

Disrupting negative thoughts: students recognize their personal strengths and how they serve them as students, identify how negative self-talk inhibits them, share strategies they use to interrupt negative self-talk, and complete a worksheet that they can use as a tool to disrupt negative thoughts.

Mindfulness and Mindful Meditation: students learn about and practice mindfulness and mindful meditation. This session is particularly helpful to those who focus more on the past or the future and not much in the present.

Stress management: students identify different types of stress, prevention and coping strategies, practical tips, and participate in a guided imagery.


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


Social Media Messaging: create engaging and informative messages that support public health efforts and student wellbeing.


Other Opportunities: participate in other outreach opportunities, such as special events on campus (e.g. De-Stress Fest).


Be creative, have fun and make a difference.


Ready to apply? Apply to PHE internship.


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


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