Get Involved

There are numerous ways to become involved with the Department of Health Promotion. Please read on to learn more! 

Annual Programs

Each year, the Department of Health Promotion hosts and supports numerous programs throughout the fall, winter, and spring quarters designed to provide inclusive opportunities for the DU community to engage with evidence-based health promotion practices.  The Department's main content areas focus on gender violence, healthy relationships and sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, and suicide prevention. 

Peer Educators

The Peer Educators are a select group of student leaders who educate the DU campus community on gender violence prevention and bystander intervention through outreach, education, and training. Peer Educators also serve as liaisons between DU students and the Health & Counseling Center. For more information, please email hcc.thrive@du.edu.

Internship Opportunities

  • MSW Intern for Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention & Education

    Job Title: MSW Intern for Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention & Education

    To learn more, please contact Eva Esakoff at HCC.Thrive@du.edu

    Office Information/Purpose

    The mission of the University of Denver Health & Counseling Center (HCC) is to provide exceptional, inclusive, integrated health care. We promote student success and wellness through education, advocacy, recovery, and outreach to the University of Denver community. The HCC is an on-campus facility that provides a wide range of on-site medical and mental health services. Physicians, nurses, psychologists, health educators, and other professionals staff the HCC. All students enrolled for academic credit (full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate) may use HCC services.

    The mission of Health Promotion (Thrive at DU) is to cultivate a thriving DU community through education, engagement, and sociocultural change. Health Promotion provides education and programming to the campus community on topics of well-being, mental health, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), sexual health, and gender-based violence prevention. The Health Promotion team includes professional staff, graduate assistants, and undergraduate peer educators.

    Position Details

    The MSW Intern for AOD Prevention & Education holds an hourly internship (approximately 16-20 hours per week) appointment with the HCC’s Department of Health Promotion to support the organization of primary and secondary prevention programs via administrative tasks, research, program development, and program facilitation. The MSW Intern for AOD Prevention & Education will report to the Coordinator for AOD Prevention & Education as task supervisor and will work closely with the Health Promotion team. This is not a clinical placement.

    Other positions details to note:

    • Applicants must be enrolled and maintain good academic standing in the Social Work program throughout the course of the internship.
    • This position is a 3-quarter appointment and runs from September–June each year.

    Summary of Responsibilities

    Programming

    Primarily facilitate required AOD workshops and trainings for the campus community, including the “CHOICES About Alcohol” workshop for mandated students, the “Bartending School” workshop for the Registered Student Organization ongoing training requirement, and other trainings as requested.

    • Research, develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs and messaging on AOD topics including: alcohol, cannabis, prescription drug misuse, and e-cigarettes/vaping.
    • Assist with the implementation of large scale programming for AOD national awareness events.
    • Facilitate regular alcohol screening events to collect data on college student drinking behaviors.
    • Be available to support and/or facilitate programs, which may occur during evenings and weekends.

    Departmental Duties

    • Attend departmental events and meetings, assist in developing departmental goals and objectives, and serve on departmental committees.
    • Collaborate and become familiar with other departments and offices on DU’s campus.
    • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion through training and development programming, campus collaborations, and/or involvement and participation in university/divisional multiculturalism and diversity projects or initiatives.
    • Support HP outreach initiatives.
    • Contribute to departmental sustainability efforts.

    Administrative

    • Display strong presentation, written, verbal, and digital communication skills
    • Communicate effectively with a broad range of students, as well as staff, faculty, community partners, and the public.
    • Independently manage program details and materials.
    • Manage records of program completion, attendance, and assessment.
    • Maintain timely and professional communication with staff, students, and stakeholders.
    • Develop professional-quality written, printed, and social media items for AOD programs.

    Professional Development

    • Participate in various trainings, retreats, webinars and professional development discussions that occur throughout the academic year.
    • Meet weekly with task supervisor and MSW supervisor.

    Required Qualifications

    Candidates must:

    • Have earned a bachelor’s degree and is enrolled in the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work program
    • Have a demonstrated commitment to the principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Excellent leadership, organizational, planning, interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
    • Ability to identify problems/challenges and strategize to implement a solution.
    • A genuine interest and satisfaction in working with students, faculty and staff
    • Display behavior that is consistent with the values of the HCC and Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence Division.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Interest, desire, and/or experience in the field of Substance Use Prevention and Education, especially in higher education.
    • Possess program development and facilitation/public speaking skills.
    • An ability to learn and apply social work concepts and theoretical frameworks in a college health promotion setting.
    • An interest in exploring health equity and critical prevention programs.
    • Familiarity with performing data review, research, and critical analysis.
    • Familiarity with social media.

    Compensation

    • This placement is for either a foundation or concentration year MSW student.
    • Please discuss with the Coordinator of AOD Prevention & Education and your field liaison if this placement will fulfill programmatic requirements for either generalist and specialized field.
    • Federal Work Study Award compensation may be applied.

     

     

    Updated 6/14/2022

  • MSW Intern for Mental Health Promotion

    Job Title: MSW Intern for Mental Health Promotion

    To learn more, please contact Katelynn DeLavan at HCC.Thrive@du.edu

    Office Information/Purpose

    The mission of the University of Denver Health & Counseling Center (HCC) is to provide exceptional, inclusive, integrated health care. We promote student success and wellness through education, advocacy, and outreach to the University of Denver community. The HCC is an on-campus facility that provides a wide range of on-site medical, mental health, and health promotion services. HCC staff include physicians, nurses, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other professionals. All students enrolled for academic credit (full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate) may use the HCC.

    The mission of Health Promotion is to cultivate a thriving DU community through education, engagement, and sociocultural change. Health Promotion provides education and programming to the campus community on topics of well-being, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, and gender-based violence prevention. The Health Promotion team includes professionals, graduate assistants, and undergraduate peer educators.

    Position Details

    The Mental Health Promotion program holds an internship (approximately 16-20 hours per week) appointment within the HCC’s Department of Health Promotion. The intern supports the Health Promotion programs, including stress relief events, and Campus Connect suicide prevention trainings. The intern will assist in program development and evaluation of mental health promotion activities and initiatives related to suicide prevention, stress management, mindfulness, and well-being. The Coordinator of Mental Health Promotion serves as the task supervisor for this position. The intern provides additional support via the training of student employees and organizations. This is not a clinical placement.

    Other positions details to note:

    • Applicants must be enrolled and maintain good academic standing in the Social Work program throughout the course of internship.
    • This position is a 3-quarter appointment and runs September– June each year.

    Summary of Responsibilities

    Programming

    • Assist with the implementation of the HCC’s mental health promotion programming, quarterly stress relief events, Mental Health Awareness Week, and other general student programming.
    • Assist with the facilitation of Campus Connect suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings for staff and students.
    • Infuse principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all aspects of programming.
    • Be available to support and/or facilitate some evening and weekend program.

    Administrative

    • Display strong presentation, written, verbal and digital communication skills.
    • Communicate effectively with a broad range of students, as well as staff, faculty, parents, employers and the public.
    • Review campus and national data.
    • Independently manage program details and materials.
    • Manage records of program completion, attendance, and assessment.
    • Maintain timely and professional communication with staff, students, and stakeholders.
    • Develop professional quality written, print, and social media items for mental health programs.

    Departmental Duties

    • Attend departmental events and meetings, assist in developing departmental goals and objectives, and serve on departmental committees.
    • Become familiar with other SAIE departments and offices on campus.
    • Support HP outreach initiatives.

    Professional Development

    • Participate in various trainings, retreats, webinars and professional development discussions that occur throughout the academic year.
    • Meet weekly with task supervisor and MSW supervisor.

    Required Qualifications

    Candidates must demonstrate:

    • An earned bachelor's degree and enrollment in the University of Denver Social Work program.
    • Have a demonstrated commitment to the principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Excellent leadership, organizational, planning, interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
    • Ability to identify problems/challenges and strategize to implement a solution.
    • A genuine interest and satisfaction in working with students, faculty and staff.
    • Behavior consistent with the values of the HCC and Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence Division.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Interest, desire and/or experience in the field of mental health promotion, suicide prevention, or college student health.
    • An ability to apply macro social work concepts and theoretical frameworks in a college health promotion setting.
    • An interest in exploring health equity and critical prevention programs.
    • Possess program development and facilitation/public speaking skills.
    • Familiarity with social media.

    Compensation

    • Please discuss with the placement supervisor and your field liaison if this placement will fulfill programmatic requirements for either generalist and specialized field.
    • Federal Work Study Award compensation may be applied.

     

    Updated on 1/26/2022