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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. Students may receive course credit for their internship or service learning hours. Please contact your faculty advisor for credit. 

Interested students may apply to be an HOPE & Wellness Healthy Cougar Intern. Applications are OPEN for FALL 2024 and DUE by MAY 19, 2024.


 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
  • Open to All 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