UCSB Counseling & Psychological Services seeks Graduate Student Mental Health Peer Intern for 2019-2020

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019 8:52 AM

UCSB Counseling & Psychological Services is currently accepting applications for its ​Graduate Student Mental Health Peer Intern position, to begin employment in Fall 2019 and run through Spring quarter 2020. 

The ​Graduate Student Mental Health Peer Intern assists graduate students specifically on issues related to mental health, disability, and wellness.

This position will give the successful applicant valuable experience working in ​higher-ed administration and the opportunity to assist with program development and promotion as well as to provide workshop support. This position will require collaboration with a number of campus offices and departments to establish and maintain partnerships that serve the needs of vulnerable student populations.

The Graduate Student Mental Health Peer Intern reports to the Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) Director.

PAYMENT: $18 per hour, plus partial fee payment equivalent to TA-ship for 25% time work

HOURS: 10-20 hours weekly (25%-50% appointment) during the academic year

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 18, 2019


  • Assist with current graduate student workshops;
  • Help update graduate student services and information on the CAPS website; 
  • Aid in developing relationships and outreach to different graduate programs and departments to provide information, resources, and outreach to graduate students;
  • Support efforts to create targeted programming for graduate students and assist with logistical aspects of program development (e.g., Associated Students Mental Health Conference);
  • Assist with publicizing events sponsored by CAPS (e.g., through GradPost, GSA bagel hour);
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with other peer advisors and staff in CAPS, the Graduate Student Resource Center, Graduate Division, and Student Affairs;
  • Work in collaboration with the Graduate Academic counselor in Graduate Division to promote academic and student support services to students, and make referrals to campus and community resources;
  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Diversity Programs for the Graduate Division to support graduate student affinity groups;
  • Work in collaboration with the International Peer Adviser at the Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) to promote wellness and mental health resources for the International graduate student population;
  • Respond to student requests (by email, phone, or in person) for information or assistance, provide confidential advice regarding highly sensitive topics, and make referrals as needed.


  • Has completed one year of graduate study in residence at UCSB, is in good academic standing, is within university time-to-degree standards, and meets all other standard student employment eligibility requirements
  • Ability to pass background test
  • Has experience with or demonstrated ability to advise, mentor, and support students
  • Is able to work confidently with diverse student populations
  • Has effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication and presentation skills


  • Previous experience in advising, teaching, and workshop/conference planning
  • Is energetic and knowledgeable about the UCSB campus, positive and self-motivated, and able to work well independently or collaboratively
  • Can represent graduate student interests and concerns and is attentive to the goals of excellence in UCSB’s graduate education

Additional BenefitsWith the appropriate eligibility and approval, the position may be combined with a GSR or TA position, as long as the combined hours do not exceed 75% appointment. Graduate Division will pay partial fees and graduate student health insurance (Gaucho Health Insurance) equivalent to those provided for TAs if other student academic appointments or awards do not provide these fees.

Application Process: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter indicating interests and highlighting related experiences, along with a formal resume, to CAPS Director Dr. Brian Olowude​ by June 18, 2019.