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HOPE & Wellness Internship

The HOPE & Wellness Center supports the mission of the Student Health and Counseling Services and Cal State San Marcos by educating and empowering students to make healthy lifestyle choices. We believe that students are effective educators with their peers; as a result, we have the Healthy Cougars: Peer Advocacy & Wellness Support (PAWS) program.

It is comprised of student volunteers who are trained to educate fellow students about a variety of healthy behaviors and decisions which affect their lives. Healthy Cougars are a group of students trained and committed to providing information and assistance to students and the Cal State San Marcos community regarding pertinent health and wellness related issues. 

Healthy Cougars are trained to help encourage and educate their peers to make healthy lifestyle choices through programs, presentations, workshops, group discussions and campus awareness events.  Healthy Cougars serve as individual sources of information, provide appropriate referrals, and serve as Student Health Center advocates. 

Students that have an interest in interning 6-8 hours per week (90-120 hours per semester) can apply to be an HOPE & Wellness Healthy Cougar Intern. Commitment is 1 semeseter - 1 year. Students that just want to volunteer as a certified peer educator and help when needed only commits to 6 hours per month.  Applications due May 1, 2018.


 Agency Name: Cal State San Marcos Student Health Services
 Agency Supervisor: Cathy Nguyen, Health Educator
 Phone: (760) 750-4917
 Email Address:
 Address: 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001


Semester: TBD
Title: Peer Education Leader
Start Date: TBD
End Date: TBD
Hours:  6-8  hrs per week


 Responsibilities and Activities may include:

  • Co-facilitating trainings with the Health Educator for the Peer Education and Support Program
  • Coordinating Healthy Cougars meetings
  • Supervising Healthy Cougars members in absence of the Health Educator
  • Facilitating classroom presentations as needed
  • Collects demographic information and evaluation forms from all training and program participants and compiles these statistics appropriately, adjusting presentations based upon participant feedback.
  • Assist with marketing and promoting health-related programs and SHCS
  • Assist with planning and implementing the Health Fair, Great American Smokeout, World AIDS Day, Breast CancerAwareness, and other health activities.
  • Research for grant/funding opportunities
  • Develop and facilitate two health workshops on campus
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the Healthy Cougars (PAWS) program, SHCS Staff
  • Continually update personal health knowledge
  • Other responsibilities/duties as assigned


  • Public Speaking ability and non-verbal communication skills
  • Supervisory experience
  • Open-mindedness
  • Relevant experience related to health
  • Reliability, responsibility and commitment
  • Preferred majors: Communications, Human Development, Sociology, Psychology or other health-related majors.

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HOPE & Wellness Center
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Phone: (760) 750-4917