Apply to be a CAPS Volunteer

Do you have an interest in a career in counseling, health, or education? Would you like to build leadership and professional skills while making a positive impact on the CU campus? Are you looking for an opportunity to build your resume and find mentorship and support?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we hope that you will consider applying to be a CAPS volunteer! We welcome applications from all majors, years, backgrounds, and levels of experience.

Applications for the Spring, 2015 semester are now available. Click here to apply! 
Applications due November 10th at Noon

Our CAPS volunteers play a vital role in our center’s mission to support the health and wellness of CU students.  They lend energy, credibility with peers, a student perspective, and wide variety of talents to our counseling center.  In return, we aim to support them in their learning and professional development to the best of our ability.  Our volunteers see their CAPS experience as one that is both personally satisfying and helpful in pursuing their career paths.

Three Volunteers at an outreach event in a residence hall“I love being a CAPS volunteer because it allows me to connect with the community in healthy and positive ways while reinforcing healthy lifestyle principles.” –Zachary Shales

Goals of the CAPS Volunteer Program

Provide access for student leaders to:

  • Build leadership skills
  • Learn about health, wellness, & prevention
  • Explore interests in counseling, education, mental health, psychology, mentoring, etc.
  • Learn how a college counseling center operates

Opportunities

  • Participate in outreach focused on mental health & wellness such as running Stress Breaks (training provided) on campus, reaching out to residence halls and student orgs
  • Attend trainings to build skills in multiple areas (basic counseling skills, multi-cultural issues, different areas of mental health)
  • Promote CAPS resources and events
  • Help with CAPS social media efforts
  • Staff informational tables
  • Assist and attend workshops
  • Use your creativity to organize events, workshops, and your own outreach opportunities
  • Interact and network with CAPS staff, including psychologists, licensed professional counselors (LPCs), and social workers
  • Potential letter of recommendation
  • Earn a CAPS Volunteer Training Completion certificate
  • Qualify to apply for a peer education internship at CAPS for the following semester
  • If you have skills including graphic design and filmmaking, we want you!

Commitment

  • Must be able to attend meetings/trainings twice a month on Thursdays 4:30-6:30
  • Participate in at least 3 volunteer opportunities a semester (at least one per month)
  • Contribute to an ongoing committee projects around PR, social media, or outreach to student orgs
  • Must complete training sessions in the beginning of the semester- including January 24, 2015.
  • Preference given to students who can commit to volunteering for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

If you are interested in applying to be a CAPS Volunteer, please email Anil.Arora@colorado.edu for more information.