The University of Virginia Career Center seeks highly motivated Career Peer Educators (CPEs) to educate the UVA community about Career Center resources and programming for the 2018-19 academic year. 

Application Deadline: Friday, February 9th for the 2018-19 Academic Year.

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 by conducting presentations on career-related topics and 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.  CPEs are compensated at $9/hour. Student workers are subject to semester and/or academic year evaluation by supervisor(s).

Employment Start/End Dates: No earlier than 8/28/2018 and no later than 4/30/2019. Note dates for mandatory training below. 

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: Wed., August 22, 2018; Thurs. August 23, 2018; and Fri. August 24, 2018  
  • Spring Training: Friday, January 11, 2019 (tentative) 

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 helpful. Strong applicants will also possess interpersonal and organizational skills, the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently, and the ability to take initiative and identify opportunities to match skills/interests with office needs. 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

  • 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 & Events

  • 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
  • Staff and provide support for Career Center events and career fairs 

2018-19 Anticipated Project Areas

CPEs collaborate closely with a Career Center staff member on short and long-term projects that can be related to your interests. Project areas are one part of the CPE role and are subject to change, so it’s important that you are flexible and the project area is not the only reason you are interested in being a CPE. Generally, you will be assigned to a supervisor/project area at the beginning of the year and continue work in that area throughout the year.

Note: Returning CPEs have priority preference over project areas, so it is possible you may be interested in project areas that will be taken by the time you apply. You will have an opportunity to re-rank your interests should that happen. 

Here are the anticipated projects available for next year:

Exploration Community

  • 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

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 interested students

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
  • One of the Business Community CPEs will contribute to the initiatives listed above, with specific focus on developing resources and projects designed to support statistics students

Creative Arts, Media & Design Community

  • Take responsibility for (i.e. organize, format, and distribute) sending biweekly community eNewsletter 
  • Use professional email and phone communication to contact alumni and professionals to participate in CAMD programs
  • Manage a contacts list for the CAMD community
  • Research new online career resources for the CAMD website 
  • Write original blog content on topics related to CAMD careers
  • Coordinate with CIOs to establish relationships, develop new programs, and build community brand
  • One of the Creative Arts, Media, & Design CPEs will contribute to the initiatives listed above, with specific focus on developing resources and projects designed to support architecture students

Public Service & Government Community

  • Source content, format and send biweekly community newsletter
  • Curate and add new content to the PSG community website (blogs, website page resources)
  • Develop and post original blog content on topics related to Public Service and Government careers
  • Identify and connect with relevant student groups including supporting current partnership with the Public Service Committee of Student Council
  • Assist with PSG Community programming and advising 

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 careers
  • 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

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

Entrepreneurship Initiatives

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

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

Administration (Executive Team Member)

  • Develops and oversees regular communication in collaboration with the CPE Program Coordinator including the CPE Weekly Email Update and CPE Program Reminder Emails 
  • Manage the process for outreach presentations and staffing Career Center Events
  • Maintains data in the tracking system to ensure students attending events are recorded
  • Coordinates any presentation sign-up and technology reservations for CPE programs
  • Attends executive team meetings and helps lead/collaborate on projects to support the overall CPE program

How to Apply

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

Application Deadline: Friday, February 9th for the 2018-19 Academic Year

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 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 academic year).  

Next Steps in Application Process:

  • Group interview process: Friday, February 16th 
  • Individual project area supervisor interviews: Friday, February 23rd

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 and in 1515

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted via email within a week of the submission deadline (Feb. 9).