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HOPE & Wellness Internship

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. The HOPE & Wellness Center offers the Healthy Cougar Internship program, a year-long academic and hands on learning program. Students selected for the program will work with the health educators in one or more fo the following areas: 

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • Sexual Health 
  • Nutrition & Physical Health
  • Mental Health 
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sexual Violence 

As a Healthy Cougar Intern, students are committed to interning 6-8 hours per week (90-120 hours per semester). Students must submit an online application and attend an interview. The commitment as a Healthy Cougar intern is 1 semeseter - 1 year. Students that are selected must attend the 16 hours mandatory peer education training. 

Interested students may apply to be an HOPE & Wellness Healthy Cougar Intern here: Applications due May 30, 2022 for the Fall 2022 semester. 


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


 Responsibilities and Activities may include:

  • Build leadership and communication skills
  • Receive training in a variety of health and wellness topics
  • 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 various health education program events and health activities.
  • Research for grant/funding opportunities
  • Develop and facilitate one health workshop on campus
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the Healthy Cougars (PAWS) program and SHCS Staff
  • Continually update personal health knowledge
  • Other responsibilities/duties as assigned


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

Students who wish to volunteer as a peer educator with a committment of only 4-6 hours per month instead of  an intern, please see the Healthy Cougars PAWS peer educator program