Career Peer Educator Program Application

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Please fill out the APPLICATION and email a copy of your resume to:
— A resume is required to complete the application —
Deadline: Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by 11:59 PM

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. Join in rewarding work to help fellow U.Va. students and get paid for it!
  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.

— Session Dates TBA —

Learn more about this year’s CPEs.


The team of Career Peer Educators (CPE) supports the UCS mission by expanding UCS’s ability to reach students. CPEs serve as ambassadors of UCS to student by conducing presentations on career-related topics promoting services and resources to the University community. CPEs will also have the opportunity to learn about career resources while assisting UCS with a wide range of projects. While working on these various tasks, CPEs will receive training about and exposure to many different career tools and resources and will be encouraged to utilize this knowledge in their own career development.

Projects, Event and Office Support

  • Collaborate closely with a UCS staff member on a long-term office project that can be related to your interests. Some examples of projects include
    • assist with the research and development of new online career resources and programming related to specific career communities/needs
      • Business
      • Creative Media, Arts and Design
      • Public Service
      • Education
      • Engineering/Science and Technology
      • Government and Law
      • Graduate and Pre-Professional School
    • support the brand development and launch of the new Internship Center
    • provide programming, direct student service and administrative support to the Counseling and Advising Team
    • manage and provide administrative support to outreach efforts by organizing and scheduling CPE presentations to student groups
    • recruitment and marketing for next year’s CPE cohort
    • source and develop partnerships with student groups and leaders affiliated with special and underrepresented populations on Grounds
  • Help prepare for and staff large scale events such as career fairs and open houses.
  • Assist in general administrative duties when required.


  • 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.

Customer Service and Resource Assistance

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


There are 3 mandatory trainings and weekly trainings that CPEs must commit to.

  • Spring On-Boarding: 1 day training in March or April 2015 (TBD)
  • Fall Orientation: 4 day training beginning Wednesday, August 19th - Saturday, August 22rd prior to classes starting
  • Spring Retreat: 2-3 hour training held in January 2016 (TBD)
  • In-Service Weekly Training: Each week CPEs will gather for 1 hour

Career Peer Educators will be compensated for these trainings. Training includes: learning about career development, 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 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 are required. CPEs will be compensated at $8.51/hr. If you qualify for Federal Work Study, this can be applied to the 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. Experience providing excellent customer-service is desirable. Strong applicants will also possess interpersonal and organizational skills, and the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. Ability to take initiative and identify opportunities to match skills/interests with office needs is valuable. 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.


Please fill out the APPLICATION and email a copy of your resume to:
— A resume is required to complete the application —
Deadline: Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by 11:59 PM


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