CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR ON HANDSHAKE

The University of Virginia Career Center seeks highly motivated individuals to promote and educate the UVA community about Career Center resources and programming for the 2017-18 academic year. Career Peer Educators (CPEs) will serve as Career Center goodwill ambassadors and as providers of valued career outreach and advising support for fellow students.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

The team of Career Peer Educators (CPE) supports the UVA Career Center mission by expanding the Career Center's ability to reach students. CPEs serve as ambassadors of the Career Center to students by conducting 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 the Career Center 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.

CPEs will be expected to work 8 to 10 hours per week from August-May (excluding breaks and holidays). Some evening hours will be required. 

The desired start date is Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  CPEs will be expected to work 8 to 10 hours per week from August-May (excluding breaks and holidays). Some evening hours will be required.  CPEs are compensated at $9/hour.

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). 

If accepted for this position, there is mandatory all-day training on the following dates: 

  • Fall Training: Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Thursday August 17, 2017, and Friday August 18, 2017  
  • Spring Training: Tuesday, January 16, 2017

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.

Customer Service and Resource Assistance

  • Responsible for handling front office reception in the Newcomb Hall drop-in space, including greeting and checking-in guests, answering the phone and referring inquiries, sharing information about upcoming career programming/workshop activities, and providing information to students about the Career Center’s services and resources
  • Review peer resumes and provide feedback on areas of improvement
  • Review and become knowledgeable about Career Center print and online resources
  • Assist students with online resources such as Handshake, Vault Career Guides, LinkedIn and more!

Outreach

  • Conduct presentations for student 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 Career Center programs and resources

2017-18 Anticipated Project Areas

Collaborate closely with a Career Center staff member on a long-term office project that can be related to your interests.  Here are the anticipated projects still available for next year:

Executive Member for Administration

  • Develops and oversees regular communication in collaboration with the CPE Program Coordinator including the CPE Weekly Email Update, Timesheet Reminders and CPE Program Reminder Emails to student participants
  • Maintains data in the tracking system to ensure students attending events are recorded and follow-up surveys are sent
  • Coordinates presentation sign-up and technology reservations for CPE programs

Executive Member for Diversity and Inclusion 

  • Identifies and develops relationships with student leaders and organizations serving special and underrepresented populations on Grounds including African-American/Black Students, American Indian Students, Asian/Asian Pacific America Students, Hispanic/Latino Students, International Students, LGBTQ Students, Middle Eastern Students, Transfer Students, Veterans and Women
  • Sources, develops and send content for the Diversity Digest – a biweekly e-newsletter
  • Collaborates with executive board to encourage programming requests from student leaders and organizations serving special and underrepresented populations

Engineering, Science and Technology Career Community

  • Write blog posts each week about
    • STEM related jobs and internship opportunities
    • Initiatives around grounds
  • Creates weekly EST newsletter highlighting
    • Career development advice
    • Outside articles
    • Job/ internship opportunities
    • Events occurring on grounds in VA region
  • Research  STEM industry trends and share with counselor and other students
  • Help with community specific advising and events

Education, Counseling, & Youth Development Career Community

  • Curating and creating new content for the ECYD community website (blogs, website page resources)
  • Help with content for the ECYD weekly newsletter
  • Identifying and connecting with relevant student groups
  • Brainstorming and assisting with any relevant programming for students interested in Education

Healthcare Career Community

  • Assist with the research and development of new online career resources 
  • Research content, format and send weekly HComm newsletter
  • Develop and post original blog content on topics related to HComm careers
  • Assist with planning and implementing HComm programming
  • Coordinate with CIOs to establish relationships, develop new programs, and build community brand 
  • Assist with HComm advising during community office hours

Business Career Community

  • Assist with the research and development of new online career resources and programming related to specific career communities/needs
  • Develop content for and maintain newsletter process
  • Create blog and other promotional content
  • Create/modify content and material for workshops and programs

Global Careers

  • Source content, format and send newsletter to highlight opportunities on Grounds and beyond for students interested in pursuing global internships and/or careers
  • Curate and create resources and content for the career center website for students interested in global career
  • Develop and post original blog content on topics related to global careers
  • Identify and connect with relevant student groups
  • Support career programming for International Education Week
  • Assist with programming and advising

Counseling and Advising Team

  • Provide programming support to the team during such events as COLA class presentations, Career Exploration Workshops, Days on the Lawn Resource Fair, Family Weekend Open House and other major events
  • Support the development and management of online and print resources for the website and library
  • Source content, format  and send newsletter
  • Depending on previous experience, possibly provide direct student service/peer advising during office hours

Pre-Health and Law Team

  • Develop and deliver content on the preparation and application processes to health and law graduate programs
  • Develop and edit content for the Pre-Health and Law Advising website, blogs and listservs
  • Assist with programming preparation and implementation including some evening workshops and presentations

Sustainability Initiatives​

  • Write blog posts each week about
    • Sustainability related jobs and internship opportunities
    • Initiatives around grounds
  • Create sustainability newsletter weekly highlighting
    • Career development advice
    • Outside articles
    • Job/ internship opportunities
    • Events occurring on grounds in VA region
  • Research  Sustainability industry trends and share with counselor and other students
  • Help with sustainability specific advising and events

Data Science Institute

  • Provide programming support to the DSI for major events 
  • Support the development and management of online and print resources 
  • Source content, format  and send DSI related blogs and other professional communication

Echols

  • Assist with the research and development of new online career resources and programming related to Echols program
  • Develop content for and maintain weekly newsletter process
  • Create blog and other promotional content
  • Create/modify content and material for workshops and programs
  • Support Echols program participants through office hours

How to Apply

This position is open for applications. Please fill out the Career Peer Educator Application located in Handshake

Application Process: Interested students are asked to submit their resume and short essays (300 words or less per response) that answer the questions outlined below. Applications will be reviewed and selected by a University of Virginia Career Center staff member. 

  • Describe your current interests and/or goals?
  • Why are you interested in peer education and what contributions will you make to the CPE program?
  • What is the greatest challenge facing UVA students in their overall career development?  As a CPE, what would you do to address this problem?
  • What are your top three project areas of interest? Why?
  • Please list all of the activities you are planning to participate in during the 2017-2018 academic year. Include how many hours per week you anticipate each involvement taking (include any involvements that you are currently in the application process or plan to apply for for the 2017-2018 academic year).  

The application consists of the following sections:

  • General Information
  • Short Answer Questions (45% of the application)
  • Volume of Activities (5% of the application)
  • Resume (45% of the application)
  • Final Authorization

Next Steps in Application Process:

  • Group interview process (2/17)  
  • Individual project area supervisor interviews (2/24). 

Please make sure to proactively hold these dates because they are required components of the interview/selection process. Candidates will be notified of their status and logistical details at least three days before each component.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the Resume section of the Career Center website. 

Career Center counselors are also available to provide feedback on your resume and short answers by appointment or during office hours:

  •      Monday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Career Center at Newcomb Hall in Room 170

Application Deadline: Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted via email within a week of the submission deadline.

Please direct any questions to: 
Rob Morris 

Assistant Director

ramorris@virginia.edu