Career Peer Educator Program Application

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University Career Services (UCS) seeks highly motivated individuals to promote and educate the U.Va. community about UCS resources and programming. Career Peer Educators (CPEs) will serve as UCS goodwill ambassadors and as providers of valued career outreach support for fellow students.

Reasons to be a UCS Career Peer Educator

  1. Get paid to do rewarding work.
  2. Be the first to experience new career-related programs and services.
  3. Help fellow U.Va. students discover UCS resources.
  4. Learn about your own career development and hone professional skills that employers will find impressive.
  5. Flex your creative muscles and help develop innovative programs and events to serve your fellow students.
  6. Get a first-hand perspective of a career in the field of student affairs.
  7. Work in a supportive environment.
  8. Free food. (A lot of it!)
  9. First dibs on freebies from employers!

Information Sessions

Questions about the program? Attend a Career Peer Educator Information Session to learn more about the program from current CPEs! Visit the UCS Calendar to sign-up for as session.

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Learn more about this year’s CPEs.

Responsibilities

Each year, UCS provides specific programs and resources for students and their career development needs. The 8-person team of Career Peer Educators (CPE) will have the opportunity to learn about career resources while assisting UCS with a wide range of projects. In the process of working on these various tasks, the CPEs will receive training about and exposure to many different career tools and resources.

Outreach

  • Conduct presentations for students groups on topics such as resume writing, internship search resources, and navigating a career fair.
  • Use your creativity to assist with the marketing of major career fairs, career workshops and programming efforts.
  • Initiate new and innovative ways to increase student use of UCS programs and resources.

UCS Resource Library

  • Review and become knowledgeable of UCS print and online resources.
  • Actively welcome students who visit UCS Library; recommend print resources, share information about upcoming career programming/workshop activities.
  • Assist students with on-line resources such as CAVLink, UCAN alumni database, Vault Career Guides, LinkedIn and more!

Projects, Event and Office Support

  • Work closely with a UCS staff member on a long-term office project that can be related to your interests such as recruitment and marketing for next year's Career Peer Educators, assisting with the research and development of new online career resources or managing CPE outreach efforts by organizing and scheduling CPE presentations to student groups.
  • Help prepare for and staff large scale events such as career fairs and open houses.
  • Assist in general administrative duties when required.

Training

Mandatory 4.5 day training will be held Tuesday, August 19th - Saturday, August 23rd prior to classes starting. Career Peer Educators will be compensated for this training. A short retreat will also be held in January. Training includes: learning about the career development model, UCS print and online resources, the employer/career services relationship, the process of building positive peer interactions and all content needed to conduct outreach presentations to student groups. In-service training sessions will continue weekly throughout the year and cover work-related topics as well as provide opportunities for professional development.

Terms and Compensation

CPEs will be expected to work 8 to 10 hours per week from August-May (excluding breaks and holidays). Some evening hours may be required. CPEs will be compensated at $8.51/hr. If you qualify for Federal Work Study, this can be applied to CPE position, but please note that being eligible for Federal Work Study is not a requirement of this position.

Required Qualifications

Applicants should be current first-, second- and third-year students (fourth-year students who are scheduled to complete a fifth year master's program are also eligible).

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates should possess strong written and verbal communication skills and the desire to enhance those skills through presentations to student groups. Strong applicants will also possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. Applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm for peer education, creativity and the initiative to learn new information. Above all, candidates should express a genuine desire to support and serve their fellow students.

Application

Applications are being accepted for the 2014-15 CPE Program. Please DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION and submit via email to Dreama L. Montrief Johnson at dreama@virginia.edu by 4pm on Monday, March 31st. You may also submit your application in-person at University Career Services in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

Questions?

Students with questions should feel free to contact Dreama Johnson through e-mail or by phone at (434) 924-8905.